Friday, May 8, 2009

Eye Prefer Paris -- The Seven Deadly Fashion Sins

Please say bonjour to La Mom's guest blogger Richard Nahem of Eye Prefer Paris ( Check out la La Mom's guest post over at Eye Prefer Paris today.

When he's not photographing the best of Paris, Richard leads the popular Eye Prefer Paris walking tours. He's certainly got an eye for style as well. Here's his advice for dressing to impress in the City of Light.


How NOT to look line an American Tourist in Paris or

The 7 Deadly Paris Fashion Sins

DON’T ever wear:

1. Big white athletic sneakers. Save these white elephant clunkers for jogging at home. If you need to wear sneakers (I wear them all the time), buy some cool colored Pumas or Converse All Stars.

2. Visors or baseball caps with baseball team logos. Save them for local stadium.

3. Football or basketball jerseys, baseball team shirts, or anything else that signifies you love American sports. You may pass as French in a soccer shirt, but not as a chic Parisian.

4. Running or athletic shorts, ESPECIALLY the thin nylon ones with the side slits/vents. They look atrocious enough at home, so don’t wear them here. If it’s over 90 degrees and you must wear shorts, wear khaki or walking shorts. You will still look like a tourist but you won’t offend anyone.

5. Rubber flip flops. Good for the shower but not on the boulevards of Paris. And for god sakes, DON’T EVER wear shorts AND flip flops.

6. Fanny Packs. I don’t have to explain this one, do I? Possible exception: a Prada, Vuitton, or Gucci one. You may look like an Italian tourist wearing one of those but that’s a lot chicer than looking like an American tourist.

7. Dockers, generic khaki pants, and baggy, ill fitting jeans. We know they are comfortable, but if you want to look Parisian you have to suffer for fashion a wee bit.

One Paris fashion trend you should not take back home with you: balloon/harem pants. This look is big with young girls here for some bizarre reason. Even the prettiest, thinnest girls look simply hideous in them. So don’t be tempted to get off the plane when your return home wearing a pair and claiming you are following the latest fashion craze in Paris. (Crazy is more like it). Your friends and relatives will be so turned off to Paris from them that they won’t ever want to visit and this would make a big dent in my Eye Prefer Paris Tour business.

Read La Mom's guest post on Eye Prefer Paris ( today to work the chic Parisianista look.


Designer Studio said...


The latest fashion trend in apparels today is the skinny jeans that give you a lean look. However, if you are unable to get into those, you would also be happy to put on those wide legged pants or trousers that are also hot with the fashionistas. When worn with a short narrow top and a slim fit jacket along with high heel shoes, this combination would look cool and give you that much longed for lean look.

Try it out this season!

Kelli said...

Love the guest blog!
I am SO happy that you put this in writing and it makes me want to post it on national TV for all to see!
If you want to dress like that {as well on insisting on eating cheeseburgers at every meal} then STAY HOME!!! Why travel and ruin it for the rest of us???

Fifi Flowers said...

GREAT tips! I HATE white tennis shoes here in So Cal... I will NOT allow hubby to wear them when we are out together. I only wear them to play tennis.

Anonymous said...

I've been told I look the sex in shorts and flip flops. Whats up with those?

a H.I.T. said...

Great tips (especially about the balloon pants).

ModernMom said...

Great post. I think the only place people can get away with the fanny packs seems to be Disney World? They are everywhere there!

parlezvouskiwi said...

Thanks for the tips - was rather interesting!

So this means I will have to part with my "jandals" (what we call flip flops here in New Zealand!).

Mommy In Pink said...

Great post, I agree with all of the above!

Anonymous said...

Oh-so-true. Except the baseball hats with logos. It may not be the jet-set that's wearing them here in Paris, but they're worn nonetheless. I always have to stop myself from blurting out, "Go Red Sox! Yankess Suck!" when I remember these guys don't even know who they're rooting for on their heads.

Scandalous Housewife said...

So, what you're saying is, I should leave my USA #1 sweatshirt in Texas? The one I wear with my baggy sweatpants and the Reeboks with the straps?

Paula Mathias Fryer said...

I was just in Paris. As always, nearly everyone looked fabulous. However, I did notice that fashions are becoming more world wide. It's getting more difficult to tell the Americans from the Parisians. I also noticed the balloon dresses a lot during my vacation. Very cute.

lunarossa said...

Perfect tips. I can spot an American tourist from far away! Buth then also Italian teenies with their HUGE Invicta backpacks...Lovely guest blog. Ciao. A.

Suburbia Steph said...

Fanny packs should just be outlawed world-wide!

And those balloon mean, those MC Hammer-ish ones from the 90's? I was watching an old episode of 90210 the other day & there was a girl wearing them. Those NEVER looked good. No matter what country you're in!

And actually, wearing a bball cap w/ bball logo, with sports themed shirt, athletic sneakers, running shorts AND a fanny pack just screams DOUCHE! And that translates across all languages!

vicki archer said...

Great advice xv

Anonymous said...

Good god I hate flip flops.

Interestingly enough, fanny packs are tres chic in Santiago de Chile. No lie.

Anonymous said...

Love the fashion no no's. Personally I feel who ever created the Fanny Pack should be beaten, cut into pieces, stuffed into a Fanny Pack and tossed into the Siene with the ugly white tennis shoes to weight it down.


ParisBreakfasts said...

When in Paris do as la Parisiennes do...
and leave everything at home!

André said...


Flip flops (especially Brazilian brand Havaianas) were all the rage among Parisian it girls during the summer.

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