Inside The Closets of Stylish Parisiennes
In French, the word ‘bobo’ has a loaded meaning. The word, a contraction between ‘bourgeois’ and ‘bohemian’, was introduced somewhere in the early seventies and was used as a slightly pejorative term to describe how the liberal idealism of the French youth from the sixties had turned itself into a left-wing, stylish bohemian upper class in the years that followed. Where nowadays the real bobos house themselves in the chic Marais and sport brands such as Isabel Marant, Sandro and Comptoirs des Cottoniers and eat in one of the many fancy small restaurants located in the 10th, 3th and 4th arrondissements (sorry friends, I consider myself one too!), the term ‘bobo’ is often used in a playful way. ‘That’s so bobo‘ my friends would say to mock a certain restaurant, or a garment.
Anyway, long story short. Bobo was the first thing that came to mind when I visited the French blog Inside Closet, and I could not help but let out a laugh. ‘C’est tellement bobo,’ I told my boyfriend, who wholeheartedly agreed. Yet, after my first reaction, I could not help but visit the website every now and then, to navel-gaze after seeing how perfect and unruffled the wardrobes and apartments were of the women who were featured. The women just seemed so stylish and… comfortable in their spaces and outfits. Some of them even had tiny apartments, filled with candles and mirrors. Others lived in airy lofts with perfect windows and views over the Sacre Coeur. Yet they all oozed this elegance and style. Quickly, I decided that this had to be one of the nicest and most clever blogs I had found in a while. It has a certain sense of intimacy, to see a woman you have never met before showing you her closet and living space. To be honest, I would rather take sartorial notes from a website like this then any given over-glossed and over-produced ‘fashion’ blog with perfect outfits and sponsored everything.
The first thing I realised by looking at Charlotte’s apartment was that my first apartment in Paris was probably even smaller (it only existed of one square room and a teeny tiny kitchenette), but not nearly as well decorated as hers. Whelp! I wish I had found these images of her space two years ago. I also found that her pick of designer pieces and everyday knickknacks result into the perfect mix between a comfortable living space and a result of her own aesthetic. My favourite, however, has to be Laure’s space in the 18th arrondissement, which has a lot in common with my own taste in home decoration and style.
So, for anyone who feels like letting out their inner voyeur (admit it, we all have one inside of us), please visit the lovely French blog Inside Closet. Sadly, the blog is currently only written in French, but perhaps an extra push to pick up your French again! If you do not feel the need, just stare at the beautiful photography and even more beautiful clothing. The wardrobes and apartments of Laure, Charlotte and Lea are among my favourites.