The Paris Insider shares the 7 Deadly Paris Fashion Sins on How NOT to look like a tourist

    As summer vacations start approaching, some have a tendency to toss polished clothing aside and pack a suitcase full of Sunday “around the house” favorites. Richard Nahem, our number-one American in Paris tour guide shares his gripes about what not to wear while vacationing in Paris– or any major metropolitan city for that matter– to avoid looking like a fugly tourist .

    I sometimes get Eye Prefer Paris Tours clients asking me advice on what to wear while vacationing in Paris and how not to look like a tourist.

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    I usually answer in a tactful way so I dont insult them but have never fully communicated the blunt truth. I’ve always wanted to publish this list on my blog but was afraid to alienate any future tour clients. Since FocusOnStyle has a fantastic fashion audience I thought it was the perfect opportunity to share my thoughts on how to look like a chic Parisian .

    To avoid looking like a tourist in Paris (or any major city worldwide), DONT ever wear:

    1. Big white athletic sneakers. Save these white elephant clunkers for jogging at home. If you need to wear sneakers (I wear them all the time), buy some cool colored Pumas or Converse All Stars.

    2. Visors or baseball caps with baseball team logos. Save them for your local stadium.

    3. Team sports clothes, like football or basketball jerseys, baseball team shirts, or anything else that signifies you love American sports. You may pass as French in a soccer shirt but not as a chic Parisian.

    4. Running or athletic shorts, ESPECIALLY the thin nylon ones with the side slits/vents. They look atrocious enough at home, so dont wear them here. If it’s over 90 degrees and you must wear shorts, wear khaki or walking shorts. You will still look like a tourist but you won’t offend anyone.

    5. Rubber flip-flops. Good for the shower but not on the boulevards of Paris. And for god sakes, DONT EVER wear shorts AND flip-flops .

    6. Fanny Packs. I dont have to explain this one, do I? Possible exception: a Prada, Vuitton, or Gucci one. You may look like an Italian tourist wearing one of those but that’s a lot chicer than looking like an American tourist.

    7. Dockers, generic khaki pants, and baggy, ill-fitting jeans. We know they are comfortable, but if you want to look Parisian you have to suffer for fashion a wee bit.

    One Paris fashion trend that you should not take back home with you: balloon/harem pants. This look is big with young girls here for some bizarre reason. Even the prettiest, thinnest girls look simply hideous in them. So dont be tempted to get off the plane when your return home wearing a pair and claiming you are following the latest fashion craze in Paris. (Crazy is more like it). Your friends and relatives will be so turned off to Paris from them that they won’t ever want to visit and this would make a big dent in my Eye Prefer Paris Tour business. Richard, The Paris Insider

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