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
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
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
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
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
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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Leonce is the founder and editor of Leonce Chenal, a lifestyle platform launched in 2018. Originally from France, Leonce offers a fresh perspective that comes from her experience at top tech companies in Paris and London. Having spent several years in Paris and now residing in Amsterdam, she combines her professional expertise with a personal passion for French and Parisian styles. Leonce is committed to guiding her readers through the intricacies of Parisian chic, empowering them to embrace the elegance and sophistication of French style.