I may not have visited Paris this summer, but I did make a weekend road trip out to Montreal, Quebec to have a mini and more local “French girl summer.” Despite being a 6-hour drive from New York, my morning coffee shop trips and the surplus pastries purchased had me feeling like I was indeed in Europe. And while the food was fantastic, I couldn’t help but take note of the fashion, too. Since I did make it out to Paris last year, I thought playing a game of comparison would be fun. Parisians are known for their impeccable style, and while a lot of trends from abroad carried over to the Montreal streets, there was a more casual and laid-back approach within the Canadian city. I also perused local boutiques and the 6-floor Ssense flagship to get an idea of which leading designer pieces and trends people were buying. (PSA: Prada’s Supernova was a top favorite in Ssense’s flagship and also when I visited one of Paris’s Prada stores.)
Below, I rounded up the five standout pieces I spotted around Montreal, including the ones I wore myself. If you’re looking to add a bit of French style to your wardrobe but would rather have a more relaxed and casual-leaning approach, the list below has got you covered.