Tousled waves. Red lips. Scarves tied a hundred different ways. It’s no secret that Parisians have serious style, and the women south of the Seine are in a clique all on their own. I just returned from a week in Paris, where I stayed with friends in a chic apartment in the heart of St Germain des Pres on Le Rive Gauche. The energy pulsates differently on the left bank, and the women there have a unique vibe as well.

My initial dose of inspiration came from our Francoise Hardy look-alike waitress at Hotel Costes, who was wearing a tiny spaghetti-strap romper beneath an ivory fringe kimono, cinched at the waist with a black leather wraparound belt. The Adidas Superstar and Stan Smith’s are the footwear of choice, paired with leather pencil skirts, and turtlenecks abound.

The look is elegant with an edge. This jaunt has me putting down my blow dryer for a can of Oribe texturizing spray and opting for a sneaker over my staple pointy-toed flat.

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