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The 5 Blazer Styles For Achieving a French Polished Look

The 5 Blazer Styles For Achieving a French Polished Look

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A blazer is definitely an essential piece of the French wardrobe. Not only does a blazer adds another layer of warmth but it can also make any outfit instantly feel more elevated and put together.

It’s basically the one item you can wear with everything: over a classic white tee, a turtleneck, or with a skirt, a dress, a classic pair of jeans, or tailored pants. It can also be worn pared down or dressed up depending on the outfit. However it is worn, a blazer definitely adds instant sophistication to any outfit.

Being French, I have so many blazers in my wardrobe —and at least one for each season. If for fall/winter a wool-blend blazer is perfect for getting a more polished look while still keeping warm, in spring/summer a linen blazer is the ideal outerwear for chilly summer nights out.

Which blazers to look for this season?

This season, opt for a slightly oversized blazer —that can be from a menswear closet. Just add a waist belt —like this beautiful Isabel Marant Lecce leather belt— over your blazer for a more feminine look.

In terms of colors, seek beige, light grey, navy blue, khaki, brown, or black, as these neutral tones can work with any outfit. Also, prefer prints that will always be in style like houndstooth, plaid, checked, or tartan. Finally, for the perfect French style look just pair your favorite blazer with a turtleneck sweater, a pair of straight-leg jeans, and ankle boots.

For more style inspirations, check out the ultimate guide to French girl fall style and the five shoe styles the French love to wear in autumn/winter. Keep scrolling to see and shop my selection of the chicest blazers.

1. The Checked Blazer

french style checked blazer
Monica de La Villardière at Paris Fashion Week spring/summer 2021. Photo: Launchmetrics Spotlight.

The checked blazer is the perfect item to smarten up your autumn look. With its preppy aesthetic with a touch of retro, this blazer adds flair to any fall/winter outfit. This season, opt for a slightly oversized blazer like this beautiful Sandro oversized tailored jacket.

2. The Tweed Blazer

french style tweed blazer
Paris Fashion Week fall/winter 2020. Photo: Launchmetrics Spotlight.

The tweed blazer or tweed jacket is one of the chicest outerwear to invest in this season. This blazer style that reminds me of the iconic Chanel tweed jacket, makes any outfit instantly feel more elevated and put together.

3. The Houndstooth Blazer

french style houndstooth blazer
Paris Fashion Week fall/winter 2022. Photo: Launchmetrics Spotlight.

You might associate a houndstooth blazer with your grandfather’s closet, although this classic print feels just right with a chic turtleneck and a pair of black wide-leg pants. This season, opt for a brown houndstooth blazer like this gorgeous Maje wide houndstooth coat that you can wear with a waist belt.

4. The Beige Blazer

french style beige blazer
Paris Fashion Week fall/winter 2020. Photo: Launchmetrics Spotlight.

A beige blazer can be just as much a staple wardrobe for spring/summer as an essential piece of the autumn wardrobe. Indeed, this blazer style can brighten up autumnal neutrals very well.

5. The Suit Jacket

french style suit jacket
Paris Fashion Week spring/summer 2022. Photo: Launchmetrics Spotlight.

The suit jacket is a wardrobe staple that belongs in every French wardrobe. I bought this gorgeous Sandro double-breasted suit jacket, and I don’t think you can go wrong with a classic style like this one. Sandro’s tailored jacket and Maje’s Valilou fitted suit jacket are also classic shapes that will definitely last you more than one season.

Et voilà! I hope this guide will help you to find the best blazer to achieve that polished French look. Let me know in the comments below if you have any questions.

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  • Hi – It is to see velvet jackets again. I loved mine – way back – but now at 66 – feel too old to wear one – pity – but also love tweed jackets and living in Scotland with weather – maybe that is the one to pick.

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