Bucket hats, Chanel bags and berets: I'm just watching Emily in Paris for the clothes

Margaret Abrams
·3-min read
CAROLE BETHUEL/NETFLIX
CAROLE BETHUEL/NETFLIX

The clothes on Emily in Paris are even frothier than the show itself, which is really saying something for a show that's easy to binge in a single day.

If you've been searching for a way to mentally escape the pandemic (not physically, of course, as it's difficult for Americans to travel anywhere, let alone Paris), the new Darren Star show has you covered.

Star created Sex and the City, the underappreciated Younger, and now, Netflix's latest rom-com offering, Emily in Paris. The show follows a young Midwestern woman (played by the decidedly not Midwestern Lily Collins) as she embarks on a life-changing journey to Paris for work.

One of many bucket hat options (STEPHANIE BRANCHU/NETFLIX © 2020)
One of many bucket hat options (STEPHANIE BRANCHU/NETFLIX © 2020)

Once in Paris, she becomes a social media superstar without using a single hashtag, meets dozens of extremely handsome Frenchmen wherever she goes and wears a seemingly unlimited amount of bucket hats, all while not speaking a single word of French. Suspend your disbelief now.

And while the storyline and the plethora of male model-worthy men offer enough of a reason to tune in, the show's fashion is what really makes it bingeable.

Emily wears Kangol caps (at one point, an actress rightly nicknames her "Bucket Hat"), berets (because, France) and plaid ensembles that could generate their own Clueless reboot. While the women around her channel the effortless French fashion women's magazines have written about for years in even slouchier berets and denim jackets, the show's heroine struts by the Eiffel Tower in metallic jackets, bright florals and belts. She redefines American extra.

Instead of trying to fit in, perhaps with a baguette and striped tee, as that's the type of stereotypes the show deals in, she opts for high glamour with midwestern flare.

This $400 sweater is already sold out (CAROLE BETHUEL/NETFLIX © 2020)
This $400 sweater is already sold out (CAROLE BETHUEL/NETFLIX © 2020)

The show's costume designer, the legendary Patricia Field, is known for her fantastical and at times (okay, most times) unrealistic outfits. Field was the one who put Carrie Bradshaw in tutus and Manolo Blahniks, inspiring a generation of women to save up for a pair of stilettos.

Emily has a similarly unrealistic but wildly entertaining wardrobe. A Midwestern mid-level marketing transplant wouldn't be wearing Chanel (she would barely be wearing Staud) but her colorful Kangol caps and metallic jackets are daydream-worthy. You're no longer in leggings and a sweatshirt - in your mind, you can be Emily, complete with gingham and a handsome chef beau.

Her first Parisian look (CAROLE BETHUEL/NETFLIX)
Her first Parisian look (CAROLE BETHUEL/NETFLIX)

Emily being able to afford a new Chanel bag to match each outfit is about as realistic as her exclusively meeting male models. But the suspension of disbelief is necessary these days and this show and it's endless looks are colorful, cheerful and bold.

If since binging you've decided to start a new life in Paris - or you're considering wearing berets and/or Kangol caps - some of her styles are easy enough to buy.

Veronica Beard blazers are available on Rent the Runway (COURTESY OF NETFLIX)
Veronica Beard blazers are available on Rent the Runway (COURTESY OF NETFLIX)

Rent the Runway offers her Veronica Beard sets and Staud bucket bags, so you can start planning your Halloween costume.

And her classic phone case is available for only $45. We just can't promise it will grow your followers by thousands overnight.