Sylvie (played by Philippine Leroy-Beaulieu), the devilishly stylish and strictly French boss in the hit Netflix series, 'Emily in Paris,' has her own sick style game. In contrast to Emily Cooper's (played by Lily Collins) extremely youthful, daringly colorful, and almost cartoonish wardrobe, Sylvie's is more of a 101 on mature Parisian style. Despite what trouble she and her Savoir
co-workers get themselves into—mostly because of Emily—she never fails to look put together, strong, and painstakingly fashionable. But what is it about her style that makes her such a scene-stealer? Perhaps these notable tips that she lays out in the show’s second season will give you an idea!
Structure Screams Power
The French have always been known for their tailoring. No matter how sharp or soft, they never fail at looking put together in a well-made suit. Sylvie, in this instance, tends to get a little creative with her own sartorial choices. As a true Parisienne
, she's fond of a power suit and evidently, that comes in different shapes and silhouettes. In one scene, she's all about the power shoulders, emanating her prowess as the head of a successful marketing firm in Paris with a strong look. In another, she exhibits a slightly avant-garde look, experimenting with both elegance and eccentricity in a neat, signature Parisian balance.
Power Shoulders Never Play
Speaking of power shoulders, it's sort of become Sylvie's signature look, both in and out of work. She's donned them on a date with Søren, her much-younger lover who works as a photographer. Now, seeing as she's having a tryst with a younger man, you'd think she'll go for a much softer look, both to make herself look younger and to express her femininity to her beau. But that's not how the show's badass boss rolls. Even in romantic settings, she's all about her own personal style. It's likely that was what made Søren interested in her in the first place!
It's no secret that Parisians are in love with minimalism. French designer brands
haven't just embraced it, but they also pioneered and popularized it over the years. Sylvie is one to embrace minimalist style as well, but if you think she'd do it in a simple and stale way, think again! Even when she's just wearing a little black dress for work, she'd pair it with a bright red belt and shimmering gold jewelry. Never forget: minimalism doesn't mean boring. Though your clothes may scream simplicity, your overall look doesn't have to. And this is what Sylvie proved in such a chic way in the show.
Lace for Labor
If there's one word that can best describe Sylvie's style in 'Emily in Paris,' it's 'daring
.' Sure, she may have more than one Parisian wardrobe staples in her closet, but she often makes bold style choices too. Take, for instance, the first episode of the show's second season. In her first scene, she's already wearing a black lace dress at work. More often than not, black lace is reserved for cocktail dresses fit for a hot date or luxury lingerie
, not exactly the most appropriate in business settings. But does Sylvie care? Nope, and that's why the fans love her (or at least, they love her style anyway).
Color is For Everyone
Just because the youthful and energetic protagonist, Emily, is known for her outrageously colorful looks
, it doesn't mean that Sylvie can't have her fair share of bright hues, stand-out shades, and tantalizing tones too! After all, as she's proven in this second season, color is for everyone, not just the youth! At work, she's all about that bright crimson hue, almost as if to say she's out for blood when she discovers Emily or her other quirky co-workers committing mistakes. In Saint Tropez, she'll opt for a deep green fringe dress for a night of dancing by the sea with her long-distance (spoiler alert!) husband.
Go for The Gold
Another color that Sylvie isn't afraid to wear, even at work, is gold. Yep, you read that right! You'd usually expect women to wear this shimmering hue on special occasions, right? During a New Year's Eve soirée
, perhaps, or in an evening gala. But for the office? Only a firecracker like Sylvie would be daring enough to pull that off. And did she ever! Appearing in a gold lamé button-down paired with a black pencil skirt was the peak of elegant workwear. The look certainly reflected Paris's gilded reputation, that's for sure!
Divine in White
There's just something about white that pairs well with mature women. The purity of the color helps their beauty flow while its cleanliness enhances their elegance. It's no wonder that white has become a go-to hue for many esteemed actresses on the red carpet, whether it's the Oscars, the Cannes Film Festival
, or the like. It's also no surprise that Sylvie would look divine in it too. Her structured evening suit during the Bateaux-Mouches soirée in episode 5 (in which she caught a young photographer's eye, no less!) and her crisp, well-tailored suit in episode 8 were just some of the chicest examples.
Fancier in Fringes or Feathers
If Sylvie wasn't already afraid of wearing lace at work, what's stopping her from donning fringes and feathers too? As long as they're tasteful, done right, and don't look overly flamboyant, this Parisian woman will show them off with confidence. That's exactly what she did on two very memorable occasions. In the first episode, she wore an all-black look with ostrich feather trim on the sleeves' hems. While later on, she donned an equally dark ensemble with long fringes hanging out. Bold sartorial choices, sure, but she never looked bad in any of them!
Sylvie from 'Emly in Paris' season 2 proves that chic Parisian style is eternal. It's not about age, it's the attitude. And throughout the series, this fiery businesswoman had a certain je ne sais quoi
that made her and her style stand out!
Wouldn't living a luxurious life in Paris, just like Sylvie, who probably stays at a gorgeous high-class home
, be the ultimate dream?