New York and Paris Style: What’s the Difference? Camille Rowe Shares Her Take

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No one understands the style nuances of a city quite like a native, so who better to bring our Madewell et Sézane collaboration—inspired by New York and Paris—to life than Camille Rowe, a French-born model and something of a dual citizen of both places?


Camille’s been splitting time between the two cities for seven years now and, impressively, can distinguish a New Yorker from a Parisian with just a quick glance. In between wardrobe changes on set, Camille answered a few fill-in-the-blank questions to explain the differences between the two cities. Or, put another way, here’s how to look like a local whichever side of the pond you’re on.

You can always recognize a New York woman by…
The green juice in her hand. And her big sunglasses.

You can always recognize a Parisian woman by…
Her bedhead.

New York girls learn about style from…
Magazines, like Teen Vogue.

Parisian girls learn about style from…
People they admire. In my case, it was my dad. He taught me to appreciate vintage clothing, good classic denim and boots.

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Every New York woman has…
Sneakers for everyday life and a great big coat for parties.

Every Parisian woman has…
Simple cotton underwear, and red lipstick for fancy nights out.

In New York, women dress for…
Other women.

In Paris, women dress for…
Men.

New York has taught me to…
Wear Birkenstocks and take more style risks.

In Paris, I’d never wear…
Sneakers. It’s such a New York thing, like working out. It’s almost taboo in Paris.

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A song that captures the spirit of New York style is…
“She Belongs to Me,” by Bob Dylan.

A song that captures the spirit of Parisian style is…
“Il Est Cinq Heure Paris S’éveille,” by Jacques Dutronc.

One thing I love to wear in both Paris and New York are…
My Madewell denim shorts—high rise, real denim, no stretch.

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At top, Camille is wearing the Madewell et Sézane® Paris Mon Amour Tee. At center, she’s wearing the Madewell et Sézane® Pullover SweaterThe Perfect Summer Short and a Straw Mesa Hat. At bottom, she’s wearing the Madewell et Sézane® New York My Love Tee.

Shop the entire Madewell et Sézane collection here.