If you don't dream of living like a Parisian, perhaps at some point, you've at least attempted to dress like one. That effortless way of dressing that French women so perfectly emulate goes way beyond their daily attire; it seeps into how they approach bridalwear as well. In case you've been sleeping on all the French-girl content we publish here on Who What Wear, we love any opportunity to do a deeper dive into the Parisian way of dressing, so when we got the chance to chat with mother-daughter duo Gail and Lauren Crispin of the Parisian boutique The Mews Bridal, we jumped at it.
The Mews Bridal is dedicated to servicing brides who want to channel that iconic and chic Parisian wedding look. This is made possible via the top Paris-based designers and styles that Lauren has dedicated years to curating, including names such as Rime Arodaky, Laure de Sagazan, Delphine Manivet, and more. And don't worry—you don't have to fly all the way to Paris to experience this boutique because they also have a location in New York that they consider a little slice of Paris in the city.
We asked the duo all about the Parisian bridal trends their customers are drawn to, and lucky for us, they spilled all of their insider knowledge. From the actual dress to all the trimmings, read up on the Parisian bridal trends the founders of The Mews Bridal are deeming the most important.
"A Parisian bride would never, ever wear diamantés on a wedding dress—they let the fabrics shine instead. French women are very sophisticated in their choice but not necessarily in their appearance. They think a lot about their wedding dress, but the secret is that nobody can tell. Most of the time, when you look at a French bride, it looks like she picked her dress last-minute."
"Now that you know how to perfect the ultimate French ensemble, you must top it off with the ultimate Parisian hairstyle, which is to look chic yet nonchalant with the perfect I woke up like this flair."
"Parisian brides generally ask for easy, slip-style silhouettes and a relaxed skirt with an A-line waist and short train. The main thing that they all seek is simplicity. 'Less is more' is always a French girl's style mantra, and it also applies on their wedding day."
"Keep accessories to a minimum and don't overload your ensemble with too many pieces—the simpler, the better. Part of the appeal of French style is that it looks so effortless. Rime Arodaky does this so well in her own way! For example, her Collins gown is elegant in its simplicity but still has a modern edge to stay true to her signature style."
"French women are very independent when it comes to fashion. They care very little about what others think of their style. If we've learned one thing from Parisian style, it is this: Great style is about dressing for yourself and yourself only! So don't feel the pressure to conform to the standard, traditional bridal gown. If you want to wear a short dress, go for it. Don't want to wear a dress at all? Rock a bridal jumpsuit! (We like this one. It’s très chic!)"
Before you go, shop this T-shirt stocked at The Mews in collaboration with the charity Girls Not Brides—50% of the retail price goes directly to Girls Not Brides.
"Copy (200 words): Lauren Eggertsen is currently the editorial director of Who What Where and has worked at the company for nearly seven years, where she started as an associate editor and has since worked her way up. Lauren has over 10 years of experience in the fashion editorial space, starting her career with internships at Marc Jacobs, Marie Claire, and The Zoe Report, where she was later hired as their editorial assistant. Lauren has worked in the Los Angeles and New York Who What Wear offices but currently calls L.A. home. It is here where she leads and manages Who What Wear's fashion team and oversees all day-to-day editorial content and large tentpole moments. This includes all of the runway, trend, and shopping-driven content that ultimately helps to build a strong brand reputation within the industry. Lauren's role also includes helping to set the fashion direction for all original photo shoots and often styles many of the celebrity cover shoots, including big names like Sydney Sweeney, Lindsay Lohan, and Megan Fox.
She has also attended multiple fashion weeks, including New York, London, and Milan, where her personal style has been featured on sites such as Elle.com, HarpersBazaar.com, and Vogue.co.uk. She prides herself on discovering and supporting small brands and on her knack for a good vintage shopping find. When she isn't working, she enjoys researching and dining at reputable restaurants around both her neighborhood and the globe.
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