The #stylelab series has been put together by MERIAME BERBOUCHA (Imperial College, London). On #stylelab, she shares ideas on how to be style & laboratory-compliant at the same time. Working long hours in the lab doesn’t have to mean being clad in the regular t-shirt & jeans. Let’s spruce things up.

If you missed the first edition in the series, do read it here.

This week is the Parisian Chic.


Think Paris, think Breton stripes. “You can’t go wrong with a classic striped tee” says Meriame. She is wearing a three-quarter length sleeve to allow her to work with all kinds of equipment.

Stripes have their fashion history in Coco Chanel, who incorporated 19th century French sailors’ blue and white Breton jersey in her designs. Parisian, Jean Paul Gaultier, also repeatedly featured stripes in his fashion collections over a span of 40 years. This is how stripes became a French fashion stereotype. See more about the history of stripes.


Meriame pairs her stripped top with Navy Blue pants. “These comfy navy blue chinos are ideal for any awkward positions lab work can leave you in!” she says. Her hair is naturally curly and tied it into a messy bun to frame her face. Having an oval face, a side-part looks great!


Meriame’s heeled brogues (above) she says, “are fab for lab days where you need to keep your toes protected from chemical spills or frisky #stylelabequipment. They’re also stylish enough if you are dragged to office drinks afterwards…” #FashionablyPractical


Accessories: Her pretty bow necklace adds extra sparkle and elegance to the outfit;  yet short enough to avoid risking getting caught on equipment.

Next look on the series – Classic Chic…

Shop Meriame’s Look: Stripped Top, Zara | Navy Blue Pants, H&M | Earrings, Avon | Brogues, Amazon


Parisian Chic