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How To Make Daring Fashion Wearable, a Lesson from the Streets of Paris Fashion Week

As always, balance is the key.

Fashion Week
​Julie Pelipas during the Womenswear Spring/Summer 2024 as part of Paris Fashion Week
Photo: Christian Vierig/Getty Images

Bonjour! Paris is the last stop on the Fashion Month train, and the attendees pulled out all the stops, style-wise. This season served as a lesson in making daring, adventurous, personal fashion wearable. There are many sartorial aspects to play with when assembling an ensemble: color, texture, proportion, pattern, and formality, to name a few. At Paris, attendees demonstrated how to make a statement by emphasizing one or two of these elements at a time. They balanced classic silhouettes, like a pleated skirt and sweater vest, with bold, punky colors and prints, and spiced up more neutral-toned looks with exaggerated proportions. Case in point: a casual black and white look featured an oversized fuzzy sweater, and an attendee wearing a cream, tailored set also sported chunky sneakers. Here, we’ve gathered 12 looks that exemplify this principle and just might inspire you to experiment with these elements in your wardrobe this autumn.

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