Lessons in Layering: 5 Tres-Chic Summer Outfit Ideas, Inspired by Paris Couture Street Style

On top of mega A-list-packed front rows and sublimely over-the-top runway shows (shotgun-wedding bride, check!), Paris Haute Couture Week also brings out the absolute best in street-style fashion. And while we love layering for the functional aspect—you know, keeping us comfy in inclement weather and overzealous air-con situations—we also appreciate the styling trick for allowing us to constantly refresh and re-wear our favorite pieces. So for a few more ideas, let’s look to some of our favorite street-style stars as they dash from show to show in fabulous Pah-ree.

Italian blogger Angelica Ardasheva keeps her layers light and summery with texture and color. She combined pastels with a contrast stitched bouclé jacket over a silky cream button down and with soft pink wide-leg trousers—all by Zara. (Bet you thought it was Chanel or something, right? Nice work, Angelica.) Her matching camel-hue Mango sandals and Gianni Chiarini tote bag complete her chic lady-who-lunches outfit.

While Chen Shuhuan’s punked-out look is actually a dress by Isabel Marant, you could co-opt the layered effect by wearing a distressed black summer sweater over a tank frock. Her cutout booties by Chanel continue the peekaboo, uptown goth-girl theme while her Celine bag summerizes the outfit with a burst of color.

I’ll honestly never get sick of a rocked-out moto jacket over a feminine dress, never. Russian stylist Anya Ziourova gave me one more reason to moon over the tough-meets-ladylike combo—throwing a quilted moto over a pink knit dress and finishing off with two-tone ankle-strap heels (love the sneaker lace accent on the side!). All by Dior, natch.

Speaking of a full-on Dior look—Brazilian blogger Helena Bordon paired a graphic-print top complete with a floor-length train with crisp white trousers, giving a layered effect with just two pieces. Dramatic yet minimalist at the same time.

And Grazia Germany fashion editor Stephanie Morcinek stepped out in the hottest color mix of the season: pink and red. She contrasted prints (but matched hues) by pairing a Fausto Puglisi signature palm-tree-print kimono coat with a blocked fit-and-flare skirt. If you remember, Kate Middleton recently wore the color pairing too, but with her trusty nude L.K. Bennett pumps—as opposed to the fashion-set-approved (and oh-so-comfy) Adidas shower slides.


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