Visitng Paris for the first time. Is it true people are super fashionable in Paris and will look at your weird if you are walking around in sneakers (super casual, America style)?
No, who told you this??
The answer is......no. Parisians wear sneakers, shorts and t-shirts too. They aren't concerned with what you wear and neither should you be.
You are most likely going to be surrounded by other tourists rather than fashionable (some) or unfashionable (many) Parisians. But everyone wears sneakers these days. No problem. The only thing that (teenage) Parisians sometimes snicker at are American basketball shorts.
Contrary to what you've heard.... There are no Fashion Police in Paris and you will not be arrested for not looking like a Parisian - which most of us can't do no matter how hard we try.
Comfort is most important, especially shoes, but other than that, as long as you are neat and clean and dressed appropriately, you will not draw any weird looks.
If you are going to a nice, not necessarily $$$$ restaurant, dress a bit nicer than you would do during the day... black pants and a black top and some simple jewelry or a scarf, is always appropriate.
We just returned from Paris. I saw lots of tennis shoes and jeans. I saw a lot of retro tennis shoes, e.g., Adidas Stan Smiths (which I wore back in the early 80s). I was struck by how casual everybody was. Stylish, but casual.Edited: 16 October 2018, 05:26
Fashion varies significantly but in terms of style, many Parisians incorporate darker colors such as black, dark green, navy blue, and grey into their "look" but accent the ensemble with scarves, sweaters, and/or the seemingly ubiquitous white "Stan Smith" Adidas shoes for both men and women. Jeans are worn out on the town a lot accompanied by something a little smarter than usual and darker shoes.That said, the French tend to be rather pragmatic in the way they dress day-to-day: comfort, simple, and generally put-together seem to be mantras to go by if one wants to try blending in a bit.
Stand on a subway platform and look around -- 80% of the people at minimum will be wearing jeans; sometimes it is more like 95%. Including old ladies. Most of them will be wearing athletic shoes of one sort or another although usually not giant white ones. And no one will care what you are wearing. There are settings where dressing well gets you better treatment and some restaurants with dress codes -- but mostly the ultra casual grubby look pioneered in the Seattle of my youth has won the world. Everybody looks sloppy today although the French manage to make sloppy look a bit more elegant.
The only thing that still shocks Parisians is the concept of heavy makeup on young women.
I am going in to Paris today so I will make an effort to look at people in this respect then report back. I have those french short pants on so I will have to find some Americans to model for my observations.