I Moved to Paris, and Now I Exclusively Wear These 4 Items With Jeans

Every month, Londoner turned Parisienne Marissa Cox of Rue Rodier will bring you her pearls of Parisian fashion wisdom and style tips straight from the French capital. A photographer, writer and influencer, we turn to the oh-so-chic Marissa on a regular basis for a truly unique take on her adopted country’s signature style. Whether we’re looking to her décor decisions, handbag purchases or chic hotel choices, we can all agree that being un petit peu plus Français could never be a bad thing…

Admittedly, it’s not easy writing about denin when I’m melting in 41-degree heat and all I want to be wearing right now is, well, absolutely nothing (but duty calls, and fashion never sleeps). Despite the heat and the temptation to talk about only swimwear (that’s what I’m in now as I write this—true story), I thought I’d veer into new-season territory as we look towards autumn and talk about a timeless, quintessentially Parisian outfit that can be worn year-round.

Jeans are one of a Parisian’s wardrobe essentials and the item I’ve invested in most since I moved to Paris. The French don’t really do “dressing up,” and Parisians are always ones to choose comfort and practicality (sexy practicality, that is) over restricting or gaudy going-out outfits that are neither sexy nor effortless. It’s the key look for most French women I know, so here’s my roundup of a few of my favourite denim formulas I’ve come to rely upon…

French jeans outfits: Marissa Cox in a yellow blouse and skinny jeans



On Marissa: Staud top; Citizens of Humanity jeans; Timeless Pearly earrings

The “fashion” top will take your denim to new heights and can be worn day or night.

On Marissa: Staud top; Citizens of Humanity jeans; Timeless Pearly earrings

I’m particularly into big billowy sleeves (they’re particularly on-trend right now), and I’m thinking Orseund Iris, Rixo, Self-Portrait and Cecilie Bahnsen as ideal contenders for this look. Dress with chunky jewellery and a pair of flats or low-heeled mules à la ByFar.

French jeans outfits: Marissa Cox in a white shirt and jeans



On Marissa: Zara shirt; Mango jeans; Jimmy Fairly sunglasses

The white shirt–plus-denim getup is a classic Parisian combo (and one that doesn’t date). Everyone from Jane Birkin and Vogue Editor in Chief Emmanuelle Alt to Clémence Poésy and Jeanne Damas have at some point sported this timeless ensemble.

On Marissa: Rouje top; Citizens of Humanity jeans; ATP Atelier sandals; Loewe bag

If you want to do as the French do, this is the simplest and chicest outfit to replicate. And if you want to switch it up a bit, wear a style from Jacquemus, as he always adds a twist to a staple.

French jeans outfits: Marissa Cox in a blazer with straight-leg jeans



On Marissa: Arket blazer; Zara top; Goldsign jeans; Miista shoes; Simon Miller bag; Mulberry sunglasses

This is probably my favourite pairing, as it’s the easiest way to elevate your denim for, say, a meeting, event or evening out. I like to opt for beige in spring/summer and black in autumn/winter, although black will, of course, look great over a going-out top any time of year.

On Marissa: Arket blazer; Goldsign jeans; Simon Miller bag; Miista shoes

To mirror Parisian elegance, team with a white or black tee, layered necklaces and a slick of red lipstick.

French jeans outfits: Marissa Cox in a party top with straight-leg jeans



On Marissa: Ingie Paris top; Citizens of Humanity jeans; Stuart Weitzman heels

Ready or not, the going-out top is back. I specifically remember conversations at school discussing our Friday night outfits, which usually consisted of black trousers (preferably flared) or jeans and said fancy top. Yet somehow it gained a bad reputation in recent years, perhaps because it’s just too predictable and easy? But its advantages lie in its simplicity! The going-out top instantly transforms a pair of jeans into eveningwear, and therefore is nothing to be sniffed at. I, for one, have always been a fan.

It’s the easiest way to pep up denim, and nobody does this look better than Parisians. Team with straight-cut jeans that boost your behind, and barely-there sandals or block heels (depending on how much toe cleavage you’d like to show). Either way, wear a pair you can dance the night away in.

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