Greek Island Style Guide: What to Wear in Paros
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A popular Cycladic destination, the island of Paros is well known for its laid-back atmosphere, local feel and historic architectural sights. Read on for our guide to looking stylish on Paros.
Streetwear and baggy, oversized silhouettes are the perfect complement to the chilled-out atmosphere on Paros. Androgynous and low-key, this is the island that boyfriend jeans were made for. In summer, keep a masculine, sporty edge with sportswear brands and oversized shirts.
Chanel’s resort show this season elevated a streetwear trend that has been unfolding for a while: tight shorts are back. Team them with an oversized t-shirt and sliders for the ultimate in chilled-out Paros style. You can pick up cycling shorts if you’re on a budget, but if you’re going for fashion kudos then Off-White’s high-rise, belted pair are for you.
Off-White shorts | Matches Fashion
For running around the beaches and walking up to the Byzantine churches, espadrilles are ideal. Try these simple ones from Bell Pagés.
Ball Pagès espadrilles | Matches Fashion
Athens-based brand It’s A Shirt offers the ideal shirts for roaming around Paros. Invest in short-sleeve patterned linen for the day time, and switch to more structured, minimalist cotton styles for the night. Pair with tight-fitting bottoms or supersize the silhouette with matching oversized skirts. For a luxury twist, try Stella McCartney’s loose fit silk shirts. You’ll embody the island dream as you sit drinking a cold beer in Parikia.
Stella McCartney silk shirt | Matches Fashion
Bit of Salt
Bit of Salt in Paros | © Bit of Salt
The only shop on Paros to sell surf and skate clothes, Bit of Salt is a must-visit for lovers of skate and surfwear. Established in the 1990s, the store sells leisurewear for men, women and kids. It stocks brands such as Amuse, Carver and New Balance, as well as its own designs. Alongside hoodies, sweaters and t-shirts, Bit of Salt also offers more specialist surf and skate clothes and products. Don’t hit the waves until you’ve stopped by.
Electric Clothing Boutique
Electric boutique in Paros | © Electric clothing boutique
As the name suggests, Electric Clothing Boutique on Paros is a destination for those who like unique statement pieces for their wardrobe and home. The owners handpick pieces from around the world, ensuring that you’ll find something to treasure long after your holiday ends. They also make some pieces and accessories in-house, often using Greek fabrics. Whether you’re looking for a bright staple or a stand-out dress, Electric Clothing Boutique is a must-visit.
The Church of Panagia Ekatontapiliani
Inside of Panaghia Ekatondapiliani | © Wiki/Commons
The imposing Church of Panagia Ekatontapiliani (or the Church of 100 Doors) is in Parikia, a short drive from the main town in Paros. The church is considered one of the earliest Byzantine churches in Greece, built in the middle of the 4th century. A legend states that there are actually only 99 visible doors, with the hidden, locked 100th door set to appear and open ‘only when Constantinople becomes Greek again.’ Inside are a range of historical icons and other religious artifacts.
Bistro, Deli, Greek, $$$
Orzo pasta and cuttle fish at the Aegean Deli | © Aegean Deli
Serving up delicious Greek food with a contemporary twist, Aegean Deli on Paros is a laid-back spot that’s perfect if you want something a little more modern than the regular taverna can offer. Located on the seafront and a short walk from the archeological museum, it’s the perfect spot to enjoy a light bite (we recommend the zucchini croquets and chickpeas) or a full meal (try their penne with local sausage and follow with a slice of strawberry tart).