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The Best and Worst of Emily’s Outfits from ‘Emily in Paris’

‘Emily in Paris’ is a fashion-based show with many questionable decisions. We break down some of Emily’s infamous style choices.
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After watching season two of Emily in Paris, I haven’t been able to stop thinking about her outfits. I honestly can’t stand most of them, but she does have a few gems that even I have to admit aren’t horrendous. Since she’s in a fashion city, you’d think she’d have learned by season two what looks good and what clashes. But part of Emily’s appeal is how totally clueless she is.

I’ll be talking about her best and worst outfits from workout gear to workwear to formal dresses from both seasons. So, brace yourself; it’s about to get messy.

The Hat Needs to Go

Lily Collins as Emily in White and Black Plaid with Red Beret in Emily in Paris
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I could see myself wearing this outfit, sans the hat. I’ve seen people hating on this look since season one came out, but I don’t get it. Maybe I’m just biased because I like black and white plaid prints, but I think we’re not giving this outfit enough credit.

The only thing I couldn’t stand is her beret. She is trying to add a fun pop of color, but isn’t that what makeup and purses are for? I could go on for hours about Emily and her hats, but I’ll keep it to this: she looks better without one.

Monochrome Mistake

Lily Collins as Emily in Monochrome Pink outfit in Emily in Paris
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I’m usually all for monochrome looks, but this is just Valentine’s vomit. And I get she was kind of a hopeless romantic who keeps messing up her love life, but she’s got to have another color than pink in her closet. Or at least a different pink that goes well with her skirt.

I’m pretty sure I’ve seen a skirt similar to the one she’s wearing online, and that one has a matching top. I don’t know why she doesn’t buy matching sets if she wants to look fashionable but effortless like the Parisian norm. I’m glad Alfie ripped this shirt.

Why Heels with Loungewear?

Lily Collins as Emily lounging by the pool in Emily in Paris
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I don’t hate this look at all. In fact, I’d wear it at a winery with my friends, too. The only qualm I have is those shoes. If you’re chilling on a lounger, why would you need to wear nice heels? Throw on some sandals or tennis shoes, even house shoes, please.

I wish I had been able to skip this scene, now knowing what came the following day. But I guess when Emily doesn’t have a fashion faux pas, she has to do something stupid. Can someone tell me if that sweater is made in another color because it looks soft and comfy?

Is She Wearing a Fashion Shirt to Work Out?

Lily Collins as Emily in first workout outfit in Emily in Paris
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This outfit annoys me so much because that is not a comfortable or practical workout top. If Emily’s really running all around Paris in the heat, she’s going to be sweating a lot, and that shirt is going to feel like paper stuck to her skin. And that’s one of the most unpleasant feelings, trust me.

Her many other workout outfits from the show look like they’re meant for running around a city. So why did they grab a shirt like that and try to pass it off as athletic wear? Everything else about the outfit looked fine; it’s just that shirt that throws it off.

I Would Actually Wear This

Lily Collins as Emily arriving in Paris in Emily in Paris
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To be honest, before Emily started her first at Savoir, she dressed like a typical American twenty-something. The crop top and reversible flannel are something I see all the time–I even wore that specific style in college. Seriously, can we bring back this plaid shirt in Emily in Paris?

I wish she’d kept this laidback vibe. I understand she loves fashion, but her sense of style isn’t the norm for America or France. If she’d shown up to her first day in a simple outfit like this, she’d have made a better impression.

That Jacket, Though

Lily Collins as Emily in green jacket and patterned dress in Emily in Paris
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I honestly love the jacket, just not with that dress. Paired with the ascot-scarf thing around her neck and the jacket, the ensemble looks like Emily is trying too hard to look like part of the fashion world.

Other than her actual outfit, her makeup and hair look amazing. I don’t remember what her purse looks like, but if it’s anything like the other purses she carries, I probably didn’t like it. The roses are a much better accessory! Here’s to hoping season three steps it up from this specific outfit.

Not Too Bad After Losing the Hat

Lily Collins as Emily on Vacation in Emily in Paris
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When she first wears this outfit, she has a hat stuck to the side of her head. And that didn’t look right, to be honest. But once she loses it, the outfit seems effortless and cute. I could see college students and twenty-somethings wearing while out and about.

You can tell once season two started, she tried a little more to fit in with her fellow Parisians. Her hair is down and doesn’t look perfectly curled, which is a significant step-up from most of season one. And she doesn’t look to be using as many patterns at once, too.

She Reminds Me of a Bee

Lily Collins as Emily pattern clashing in Emily in Paris
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I absolutely hate this look, primarily because of the bright yellow. The orange and green stripes on Emily’s jacket don’t help much, either, as they don’t match any of the colors on her skirt. I still love her phone case, though, but I’m not counting that as part of the outfit.

If she’d gone with a more neutral palette to go with the dress, I probably would like the outfit. I still don’t understand her obsession with hats. They seriously don’t look as good as she thinks they do. And what are those gloves for? She had no use for those this episode.

Casual and Cute

Lily Collins as Emily, Ashley Park as Mindy, and Camille Razat as Camille on Vacation in Emily in Paris
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Compared to her friends, I loved Emily’s vacation outfits. Camille looks like a model, which is her usual style, and Mindy owns her look. But I prefer Emily’s more laid-back but still stylish dress. It’s honestly the only reason I tuned into season two after the trailer.

I don’t even mind the shoes being a weird texture and color that doesn’t exactly match the dress well. But if you ignore those, it looks great. Emily’s outfit looks like what you’d see all the Instagram models would buy for a trip to Greece or another seaside destination.

Not Good Together

Lily Collins as Emily in mismatched fabrics in Emily in Paris
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I like the outfit…just not all at once. The skirt and top are cute, but they don’t go together well. And she seriously needs to lose those massive belts. They’re not adding anything to her outfits. I get what they were trying to do, but it doesn’t look right.

This scene is also already a little awkward because of Gabriel being there. They took an awkward moment and made it worse with this outfit. This look could have been better if they’d given her something to pair well with the skirt. Like maybe a solid-colored blouse?

Looking Like a Modern-Day Princess

Lily Collins as Emily at the Season 1 Work Party in Emily in Paris
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In episode two, Emily wore a classic dress that paid tribute to the timeless elegance of Paris. Even amongst all the black-clad guests, she stood out. And unlike what we see the rest of the season, she lets her hair down naturally like most of the French characters do.

This specific dress gave me hope for the rest of the season. Sadly, it is mostly alone in a sea of bad outfits. But you have to hand it to Emily: she makes a ballerina-like outfit look even chicer than I’d expected.

What Is She Trying to Do?

Lily Collins as Emily in jersey faux pas in Emily in Paris
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What is she wearing? Seriously, who thought this was a good idea? Is that a jersey over a lace blouse with a red patterned fedora on her head? The only thing good about her look is her makeup. And that’s the same makeup look in almost every scene.

I just want to talk to the costuming department because if they were trying to capture American fashion trends, they missed the mark. They should have looked at the hat, tossed it–then grabbed the jersey and trashed it, too. Surely they could have done something with that lace shirt.

Red Is Her Color

Lily Collins as Emily and Kate Walsh as Madeline Wheeler in Season two of Emily in Paris
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You can’t deny it: red is Emily’s color. It complements her skin tone and hair so well; she looks like a princess. This is funny because when Lily Collins played Snow White, she didn’t wear red. She is serving looks left and right in this season two episode, “French Revolution”.

Compared to Pierre and her boss, she looks like she belongs at a modern fashion show. Pierre, on the other hand, looks straight out of the Regency era, which was the point of the showcase. And her boss, yikes; I know she’s supposed to look mature, but it could’ve been done better.

Her Absolute Worst: Clashing Patterns Galore

Lily Collins as Emily in horrible pattern clashing outfit in Emily in Paris
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I can’t be the only one who knows not to mix patterns in every single piece I wear. Emily’s shirt is a landscape, her skirt is snakeskin, and her shoes (which you can’t see in this photo) are graffiti print. By the way, those shoes aren’t popular in the Savoir office.

None of the pieces go well together. I wish Emily had stuck to a more subdued style for her first week at Savoir, but she definitely wanted to make an impression. I was honestly shocked when she came onscreen wearing this since it’s a fashion-centric show.

And, Her Absolute Best: Hepburn-Inspired Glam

Lily Collins as Emily at the Swan Lake in Emily in Paris
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Emily channeled Audrey Hepburn in “Ringarde” to see Swan Lake at the ballet and convince Pierre Cadault to stay with her company. The costume designer added a necklace as a hairpiece, and it looks incredible.

While I love to hate Emily’s outfits, I have to admit she hit it out of the park with this one. From her black dress that adds a little bit of interest to a classic silhouette to her perfectly styled hair, Emily rocks this. Even her makeup pairs well with the ensemble.