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Emily In Paris – Let’s Talk Style

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In good news, we’ve come out of Covid lockdown here in Melbourne, Australia. In not so good news, friends and loved ones in Europe and the UK have been thrown into the same situation we recently emerged from.

To anyone enduring restrictions today, know that Scott and I are thinking of you, and sending you love. It’s not easy, but Melbourne proves that it can be done. Lockdowns do have a very positive impact on the spread of the virus.

Thanks to the continuing pandemic issues, it’s a given that I’ll be pining for Paris for the foreseeable future. And so, we did what every every other francophile on the planet has done. We popped ourselves in front of the TV to devour every second of the Netflix series, Emily in Paris.

With a large number of Parisian landmarks on display, regular visitors will feel at home. And for anyone dreaming of their first visit to Paris, it gives a sneak peak into everything the city has to offer.

Is Emily In Paris Perfect Viewing For Everyone?

Well, no. While Emily in Paris shows off the City of Light, this doesn’t mean the series is universally loved. Our now adult son shared that he couldn’t bring himself to watch Emily in Paris. And this was a child who was regularly dragged to France from a young age. In fact, his housemates told us that he struggled to even listen to it when they decided to take a look at the show.


Well, the thing is, the episodes are equal parts charming and cringe-worthy. Let me put it this way. Our girl Em manages to highlight every aspect of the cultural divide between France and countries like the United States and Australia.

Given the high number of faux-pas on display, it’s safe to say that I’m not the first blogger to point out Emily’s many errors. In fact, two of my guests on The Franco-Files have well and truly beaten me to it. Jo Karnaghan shared how to avoid making some of Emily’s mistakes over on frugal first class travel. And Catherine explored some of the accuracies and exaggerations on Taste of France.

But despite the shortcomings, we still really enjoyed Emily in Paris. The characters are very entertaining. And you find yourself wanting Emily to find success in her new city.

For my part, I was almost as captivated by the style portrayed in Emily in Paris as I was by the gorgeous Parisian views. Let’s face it, the man who created Sex and the City was unlikely to hold back on featuring fashion. Like Carrie Bradshaw before her, Emily sports an extensive, and at times enviable, wardrobe.

The team over at Purse Blog took the time to show off every Chanel purse and handbag featured in Emily in Paris. And in doing so, they provided an excellent insight into the style of Emily, her friends and her co-workers.
But the question needs asking….

Would you see some of the looks portrayed in Emily in Paris on Parisian streets?

And the short answer to that question is no.

I’ve rarely seen sky-high heels tackling the cobblestones. And while Parisians wear quality items, brands and logos tend to be under, rather than over, stated. I don’t think I’ve ever seen shorts on anyone other than tourists. And the same goes for berets.

That doesn’t mean that I didn’t enjoy a lot of the style displayed on Emily in Paris. But, if you are keen to know what Parisians actually wear, you might like to check out this post. I wrote it after spending the day with three Parisian women who were kind enough to answer all my questions. And as far as I can tell, their answers still hold true.

Tell me – did you enjoy Emily in Paris? Or are you more like our son, and avoiding it like, well, a virus? Please let me know in the comments section below.

And until next time – au revoir.

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