What do we all think? Is it screaming Parisian chic! to you? (Of course, I’m no authority, having never been to the lovely city of light, but have any of you been? Is this Paris style or just a cheap, Forever 21 version of it?)
Now despite it being un-fashionable (and maybe a tad immoral?) to love Forever 21 design I have to say they always come up with things I’m gaga about. I’m loving the printed, piped trenchcoat, lacy umbrella, and black-and-white oxford heels (none of which are available online yet – here’s hoping!), but the whole collection feels a little burlesque to me. Maybe it’s the see-thru striped over-the-knee socks, or just the hemlines I’m having a problem with. (Of course, my image of Parisian chic usually involves skirts slightly longer, and yes, over-the-knee hose in some rare cases…but said hose must be opaque. I stand by this!) I feel almost like there’s too much skin showing for it to be “chic.”
What are your thoughts? Are you buying it?
Available now at Forever21 stores and online
And I truly am digging the lace umbrella, though the beautiful flowered umbrella below feels more “Paris” to me.
Roses Umbrella, $19.95 (sale), Signals.com
I can just myself in a little beret, with this slung over my arm and my other arm around a brown crackly paper bag, baguette sticking out the top…or in my case, it would be beret fallen off my head into a puddle, squirming toddler under the other arm, toddler-fodder gnawed bread in a crushed heap at the bottom of my bag. But at least my umbrella would be an imaginary whiff of Paris!;-)
-Carly J. Cais
i LOVE it. Yes i would probably wear more opaque tights but they definately put a modern twist to a gorgeous style!
I think it's Parisian Chic modified to appeal to a much younger crowd. I think the Parisian style is more chic, more covered up. That being said, there are pieces that are great and that I would wear.
Some of it's cute some of it is not quite my taste. The rose umbrella is cool though lol.
For me, I'm pretty much broke all the time. So, Forever 21, Target, and Old Navy are pretty much my go-to places haha. I feel I can rock them though. I'll usually pay a little more on basics to find good quality, classics that I can wear for a long time, and then pair them up with inexpensive yet “expensive looking” pieces as the seasons change. Some of the looks here are cute, some are just too “trendy” but I think mix-and-matching these with more traditional or high quality pieces makes a more high-fashion stylish look. “Too much” makes it look like you're trying too hard. But grabbing pieces here and there misleads your “audience” (lol) so they don't know that your $5 shirt wasn't $50 lol. I think you know what I mean. That's what I like about your style- it's a little bit of everything: designer, diy, second hand. But it all creates a great look
I think there are some chic pieces but the outfits picked were definitely “cheap”, connotatively speaking.
I really like that umbrella! 🙂 Mon Mode Blog
I love a lot of these skirts!
I love a lot of the skirts 🙂 The white high waisted one with the flowers is so cute but I couldn't find it on the site.
I do like some of the pieces, but I totally agree with you about the sheer knee-high tights + too-short skirts thing. The combination reminds me of so many of the cheap “sexy” Halloween costumes I saw this year. Also, some of the t-shirts look like something from Miley Cyrus's line for Wal-Mart. (It's such a shame, because some of the stuff is really freakin cute. Why'd they have to go and ruin it by slapping her name on it?) I have a sweater that looks JUST like the button-down one in image 15, only it's a soft grey instead of black…now I have to try the ribbon belt with it! I adore the high-waisted skirt with the ruffles and bow in front, the embroidered/beaded-top shirt, and the big printed coat; the black trim is a nice touch. I’d be severely tempted by the black&white oxford heels if they weren’t open-toed, but the look is cute nonetheless.
The Paris theme of the model is a bit cheesy to me, but I like the designs. The short skirts and white t-shirts will probably do really well with the tween crowd.
i love it !
the outfits are a little too much though , i don't like how forever 21 puts their clothes together . they make it look over the top and tacky but there are definatly a lot of cute pieces !
it's a good take for Parisian Chic for who they are targeting, the t's are super cute!
I actually really love it! I didnt think I would when I first heard about it coming out.
I think the knee socks are too die for and I love the simple color palette.
I wish they would extend this line to Faith 21!!
I love Forever 21, but these outfits are completely ridiculous. If I actually see anyone wearing these, I'll start laughing! I doubt anyone in real life will wear this line head-to-toe. I'm sure they will mix them up with the regular stuff.
I love the Tres Paris line! Even if I can't look great in all of the styles, I did find at least one outfit that was exciting to try. I'm a big fan of simple black and white with a pop of colour, so the affordable Parisian-inspired clothes were perfect. It's also way better than the super-sequin trend going on.
I believe many of the photos you've displayed are NOT from their Tres Paris collection (which featured a brunette model with a 20s-style bob), but from their more recent 40s/50s-inspired collection. Thus the fascination with bobby sox and a diner atmosphere for the photo shoot.
They had some cool pieces in the Tres Paris group, a few reminiscent of Chanel or 1920s French flapper.
TexGal: Actually I had uploaded the images directly from the F21 site – and all were from the Tres Paris Collection at the time of upload. (ie, no 50's diner backgrounds) It seems they've replaced those URL's with more recent images from their 50's collection – why, who knows. Next time I'll download to my computer then upload again to Blogger. Sorry for the confusion!