New York and Paris may be on two different continents and separated by more than 3500 miles of ocean, but the two cities have a lot more in common than you'd think. Other than amazing food and fashion week presentations, New York and Paris are both cities that some of the most stylish people in the world call home.
Despite the obvious geographic differences, New York and Paris have pretty similar weather patterns, which means residents of both places typically reach for the same hero pieces. On the flip side, the vibe within both places couldn't be more different. New York has a reputation for being edgy and cool, while Paris is famous for its effortless sophistication. Given the two cities' similarities and differences, it's always fascinating to see which staples New Yorkers and Parisians reach for the most. If people from both cities are wearing it, then you can bet it's something you probably should add to your closet too.
Below, you'll find a list of the five pieces embraced by New Yorkers and Parisians alike this spring as well as examples of how dwellers of each city remix them.
Blame it on Miu Miu—the miniskirt revival has overtaken the globe. It's a trend that has swelled so much that it doesn't matter if you live in Paris or New York. It girls from both cities are embracing miniskirts with wide-open arms. The preferred way to wear them seems to be with elevated pieces like an oversize shirt or a trench coat for an academic twist.
If you haven't invested in a pair of baggy trousers yet, let this be your final nudge. Their seamless versatility has made them a favorite among dwellers of the two fashion capitals, who are wearing them from daytime meetings to nighttime outings. For a relaxed outfit, coordinate them with sneakers or a denim jacket.
Long Trench Coats
Spring is infamous for unpredictable weather, which might explain why New Yorkers and Parisians can't seem to leave trench coats alone. It's a decent layer for chilly days, yet it's not so stuffy that you'll be sweating by the midday heat wave. Ultra-long trench coats, in particular, are having a moment, with the dramatic length adding a touch of sharp elegance.
While the notion that French people tend to dress like Jane Birkin does ring a bit true, they also have plenty of love for cargo pants. A reoccurring staple within Paris and New York fashion circles, cargo pants are a great hero piece for casual looks. Dress them up with a fancy knit top, or let them take center stage with a simple white tee.
You can't forget the accessories. Scan the feeds of both groups of urbanites and you'll likely see a lot of sleek sunglasses. More specifically, you'll find rectangle frames that are reminiscent of the shades worn by Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy and Mariah Carey in the '90s.