Fashion is forever evolving. Trends come and go, and before you know it, it’s time to clean out your closet and buy new pieces to keep up with the trends.
The French see fashion differently. Their is often noted as timeless —focusing on staple pieces that can be worn season after season and styled in many different ways. Here is a guide to French fashion in the fall, making your clothing purchases count and giving you inspiration to create chic, effortless looks.
If your struggling to find something to wear or just want to go for a more polished look as the weather starts to cool down, trench coats are always a go-to. Whether it be classic beige or a dark brown or black leather trench coat, you’re sure to create a chic and put-together look.
The French have a way with always looking simple yet sophisticated, and collared shirts are a great way to accomplish this look. They can be loosely fitted with a pair of dress pants or jeans, or layered under a jumper or fitted sweater vest, making a great layering piece.
The equivalent in America to a knitted sweater, these are staple pieces that can be worn in fall and winter. They are usually more fitted, tucked into some fitted bottoms and accented with a belt.
A basic that every woman needs! White T-shirts can be worn alone or under cardigans and jackets; easy to throw on with a pair of jeans. They are a great base when trying to create a look and can be utilized year-round.
When looking for a light, chic look, silk blouses are a great option. They are very breathable and can be tucked in to create a more business-chic look or for a more relaxed look, loosen up some buttons and pair with jeans and dainty gold jewelry.
The French always manage to pull off a simple striped tee. Whether it be a long sleeve striped T-shirt or thin striped jumper, style with jeans and a trench coat or beret for the perfect French street style!
Little Black Dress
Everyone owns a little black dress. It’s a must in the wardrobe. Simply put by Karl Lagerfield “One is never over-dressed or under dressed with a little black dress”.
The perfect pair of jeans are the ones that are already broken in. Good quality, long lasting, and once you find a pair that fits, you’re sure to never turn back. Vintage is a great way to give clothes a second life and you can never go wrong with a good pair of jeans!
Blazers and Long Coats
When trying to find outerwear that’s simple yet tasteful, blazers and long coats are great to throw over a tee or jumper!
The classic French headwear! Berets are a simple way to add a French spin to your outfit. Black, white and beige are classic, but if you’re looking to make a statement, red is a great option!
Shoes: Loafers, Ballet Flats, White Sneakers, Heels
The French always go for shoes that are stylish yet comfortable. Loafers are a go-to option when trying to create a more formal and refined look. Ballet flats allow you to create a simple, minimalistic look without sacrificing comfort. White sneakers can be thrown on with almost anything and are simple yet comfortable. Heels are a staple for a night out and can be worn with a little black dress or some jeans, for a sharp, elegant look.
French women often go for simple and sturdy bags over flashy and over-the-top. When considering bags, a French woman can almost always be found carrying a sleek, simple leather bag. If not that, Jane Birkin has left a heavy impact on the world of French fashion, always carrying around a basket bag, which the women of France love to imitate!
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