People have a lot of stereotypes. Especially towards other nations. Some of them are not mere stereotypes, but the truth itself, while the others are a complete falsehood.
Before I went to Paris and met the Parisians I used to think that the citizens of the capital are well dressed as if they had just come down the catwalk. And I was surprised to see the Parisians with my own eyes. It turned out that they were dressed like millions of Europeans, each in their own way. I mean there are people who keep up with the latest fashion trends and only use Gucci or Prada. But there are many of them who use cheap brands and don’t care about the whims of fashion.
So I got interested in the subject. I decided to ask people on the streets of Paris what they are in and why.
The first mademoiselle I stopped was Linda. She is a designer and names Pierre Cardin her favourite fashion designer. She responded positively when I asked her if she was wearing her own clothes. She also buys them in different stores. For example, she likes Morgan and goes to H&M. He said he doesn’t keep up with the latest trends and creates his own style.
Antuan was my next interviewer. He’s an extremely interesting personality, I’d say. Very elegant and stylish despite his age (he’s about 70). He said he is made to be a fashionable man. He buys clothes in luxury boutiques but does not follow fashion laws. He said he would never wear anything in the season he bought it. As soon as in a couple of years, he added.
A young couple I talked to turned out to be Scandinavian. They stand out against the background of the rest of the people because of their impressive appearance: the girl wears leggings and a shirt with a belt on it. Boys buy clothes in second-hand stores and never read fashion magazines.
Fabrice was next. He is a Brazilian expatriate. The young man is a dancer and works for the Jeune Ballet de Paris. He complained that it’s hard to live in Paris if you wear bright, old-fashioned clothes. But he got used to eccentric things and doesn’t care about society’s opinion. He prefers to buy clothes in open-air bazaars by choosing things he likes. He said he doesn’t stick to any style because he’s an actor and likes transformations.
In the northeastern regions of the city live expatriates from Arab and African countries, people dress very differently. They prefer to buy clothes in small shops run by their compatriots. The products in these shops are a simple cut, shine with silver and gold and are decorated with different ethnic elements. Gold rings and large bracelets are in fashion here. The girls wear jeans with rhinestones and flared t-shirts, the boys wear pointed hats and gold bracelets, the corpulent women prefer to wear African turbans.
I learned that the vast majority of young people shop in Etam and Zara. Those who like something more original go through H&M. Many of them like vintage shops. Sometimes the prices are so high that young people can afford to visit them only on special occasions. Many young people prefer second-hand shops. In general, I can say that most Parisians combine things: they carry some branded items with interesting accessories, things brought in from trips abroad or items found in grandmother’s closet.