9 Items Every Woman From France Has in Her Closet04.01.2022
Anyone who is interested in fashion has long been fascinated by the style and elegance of French women. They have a natural sophistication and don’t seem to be trying too hard. French fashion is about choosing pieces that look elegant, sophisticated, and dressed up, but are still comfortable. Instead of buying berets or Breton-stripe tops in bulk, these nine pieces are easy to add to any French woman’s wardrobe.
1. TIMELESS DENIM
This is the perfect straight-leg denim. It should be not be too tight, not too thin, and it should have a slight kick at the hem. The classic denim silhouette is timeless, especially if you choose raw denim or fabrics that have very little stretch. You can choose the rise that you prefer, but ensure that it hits your ankle bone at least an inch.
2. LEATHER KNEE HIGH BOOTS IN NEUTRAL HUES
Structured knee-high boots in any variety of color are another classic style. They’re a must-have for anyone trying to emulate French style. You can choose from a riding style or a pointed-toe stiletto, or a croc-embossed heel, as long as you keep the neutral colors (black, brown, or tan) in mind. Make sure they are stored correctly to avoid sagging or creasing. This look is all about a sharp, structured silhouette.
3. A TRENCH/ LONG OVERCOAT
Even for those with smaller frames, long coats can lengthen your frame and look better than a shorter cut. A traditional tan trench is the best option for French women. However, you can also choose from a variety of colors, including bright pink, brown, or bright red.
4. A DRESS
A French woman’s staple wardrobe item is the simple, wear anywhere dress. These frocks can be worn for weekends, evenings out with friends, or even work days. It’s all about the accessories. Choose fabrics that don’t wrinkle easily, colors and patterns that aren’t too seasonal-specific, and more modest silhouettes than minis. For example, a jersey wrap dress with a burgundy floral print, or a midi shirtdress with millennial pink.
5. TAILORED WIDELEG TROUSERS
Your French alter ego should wear tailored pants with a flattering, wide-leg cut if she isn’t wearing jeans or a gown. You can choose from pressed chinos, plaid wool or pressed chinos as long as they are well-fitted. To emphasize your waistline and give your ensemble a sophisticated look, tuck your sweater or blouse in.
6. WALKABLE HEELS
The stiletto kitten heels are our favorite combination of fashion and function. A shoe with a one-to-two-inch heel will have the same effect on your legs as a four inch style but won’t leave you feeling stiff after only a few hours. For an ultra-chic look, you can wear a pointed toe or strappy shoe.
7. A BLAZER THAT DOUBLES ITS POWER AS A JACKET
You can swap your all-American denim jacket with one that is Parisian-inspired, a sharp, slightly larger blazer. Solid, neutral colors are better than bright patterns and bold shades. Sometimes a violet blazer can be just what you need.
8. CARDIGANS TO BE WORN IN SHIRTS
Cardigans can be a great way to add warmth to an outfit while not covering it up completely. But for French women, they are tops all by themselves. You’ll find many examples of women wearing cardigans over jeans, midi skirts or a blouse when you scroll through the Instagram accounts of Parisian influencers. You should invest in cardigans that reach right to your hips or waistband and can be buttoned without pulling or buckling.
9. EASY MIDI SKIRTS
You will see a more flowing slip skirt than a pleated A-line. These “go with everything” skirts should be between the knee and mid-calf. They are also loose enough to allow for movement. The best fabrics for wrinkle resistance are the same as those that you can throw on and go. While we love solid colors for mixing and matching, patterned or textured skirts can be a great way of adding a pop to basic separates.