Parisian Polka Dot Pretty


At the start of every season, I look for style inspiration to guide the season’s wardrobe. And this Spring/Summer, I was determined to achieve french girl style (especially after binge watching Plan Couer).

If you’ve ever been to Paris or anywhere in France, you know exactly what I’m talking about (because you, like I, came home wondering how you could do it too). Let’s face it, French women just have the most effortless way about them. The look is always intentional, but never overdone. A few illustrative examples – a dewy, bare face with a bright or bold lip; slightly tousled, but never messy hair; a simple chignon with a floral wrap dress; a tailored, but breezy ensemble; jeans, ballet flats, blazer and a perfectly wrapped scarf – I could go on and on.

Now, don’t get me wrong, us New Yorkers know what we’re doing too, but wardrobes can only benefit from fresh inspiration. And, french girl style translates so well for warmer temps. My personal style transformation began with getting curtain bangs a few months back (currently still obsessed, but they sometimes have a mind of their own – pas bon), opting for a brighter/ bolder lip and more neutral eye and finally, incorporating a few new silhouettes in classic parisian prints, fabrics and colors.

For a rooftop, summer kickoff party, I decided to give my version of french girl style a try. Thankfully, THE CUTEST polka dot mini dress with exaggerated puff sleeves from Choosy had just arrived. This dress has all the french girl details – polka dots, button through detail, puff sleeves, mini hemline. To complete the look, I added some soft waves, a bold red lip, gold ball drop earrings and carried a dainty black mini satchel (petite bags are so french right now – à la jacquemus). Finally, for some height and to emphasize the polka dots, I wore my favorite studded black suede heels from Kenneth Cole.

Ready to party!
Nothing is more Parisian than a classic black and white ensemble.
Amazing how the right silhouette can add height to this 5’2″ frame.
Don’t forget a pair of classic black cat eye sunglasses. My go to pair is from YSL.
Love a sensible sleeve for summer.
Classic black leather mini bag is a perfect and subtle compliment to this bold dress.
Sleeves give this mini dress some needed balance and sophistication.
If you’re going to try a look, go all the way – these puff sleeves are meant to make a statement.
Studded Kenneth Cole pumps are literally made for walking.
Nothing says french girl chic like a bold red lip.
Love how bold, but classic a polka dot print can look.
Party ready in this polka dot mini dress.
Bringing french girl style to NYC.
Mini hemline made sophisticated with the help of polka dots and puff sleeves.
Curtain bangs have changed my whole look.
Subtly emphasized the polka dots with pearl earrings and studded heels.
Exaggerated puff sleeves elevates this mini dress.


Dress | Choosy Posey Dress || Shoes | Kenneth Cole Riley 85 Studded D’Orsay Heel || Bag | Prada, similar style here || Sunglasses | YSL Kate Cat-Eye Acetate Sunglasses || Earrings | Similar styles here, here and here || Lipstick | Nars Semi Matte Lipstick in Red Lizard

Photography | Stephanie Poulos

Location | New York, New York


One Comment Add yours

  1. Anonymous says:

    Great shots! On point with the French style.

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