If you wonder how to dress like chic French women over 50, this post is for you! Age has nothing to do with style and great style is possible no matter how old you are. You can be chic like a French woman at any age, the key is to know how to flaunt your body and sensibility in a way that works for you.
French chic style is not a difficult style to pull off. It’s something effortless, classic, nonchalant, cool but not arrogant. French style is about finding the right balance between looking dressed up and laid-back. It’s not being obsessed about wearing bold shades and extravagant items, bright colors, and expensive pieces. Keep reading if you’re looking for inspiration from the most stylish over-50 French women out there. They will give you great inspiration on dressing age appropriately, always looking chic, and never missing style.
I’ve rounded up the most helpful tips to create a French capsule wardrobe whether you’re 50 or not. Keep scrolling to see the timeless pieces that every chic French woman over 50 owns, and then, shop the pieces for yourself if you find their outfits as inspiring as I do.
How To Dress Like A French Woman Over 50
French-style for women over 50 is about getting a collection of pieces that look chic and that are comfortable and flattering. A French wardrobe is a functional wardrobe, that provides all the pieces you need to put them on and together in different ways. French women have always something to wear to every, and any, event or activity in their lives. In order to create this French capsule wardrobe, here are five key French fashion tips for women over 50.
5 French Style Rules French Women Swear By
- Start with the staples of the French wardrobe. Your style should be timeless, chic, and sophisticated. Some of the French staples you should have in your wardrobe are a black blazer, a button-down shirt, a cashmere sweater; pieces that won’t fade away.
- Always mix stuffy items with more casual pieces to rejuvenate your outfit. For example, you can wear your favorite fitted blazer with a pair of high-waisted jeans. Opt for a simple white or grey T-shirt to wear underneath your blazer. It’s the perfect timeless and stylish look for any woman over 50.
- Whatever you’re wearing, avoid wearing big statement necklaces, rings, and bracelets that can look unsophisticated. Instead, prefer to wear minimalists jewelry pieces —check out the best French affordable jewelry brands—, or just wear a statement watch.
- Make sure to always define your waist. I think it’s one of the most important French style tips! Oversized items are hard to style and it’s usually more flattering to define your waist. You can do so with a black leather and gold waist belt.
- Make sure you’re wearing the right bra size. Indeed, a droopy bust or sagging breasts can make you look older than you are. Make sure your bra is not too loose in the stripes or the band. Another French style tip is to wear shapewear underneath everything as it will give you smooth lines no matter your body size. Check out my article on the best French lingerie brands to shop for.
The 10 Best Fashion Essentials Of French Women Over 50
1. Leather Jacket
The leather jacket remains a timeless French wardrobe staple that never loses its cool factor. It will definitely rejuvenate any of your outfits! You can pair it with high-waisted jeans, a beige cashmere sweater, and a pair of loafers or slingback.
2. Tweed Jacket
The tweed jacket is a staple of over-50 French women’s wardrobes. It instantly elevates any kind of outfit (like a basic T-shirt with a pair of jeans). Is there anything chicer than a tweed jacket? The textured fabric is undisputedly a symbol of style thanks to Coco Chanel, who put the Scottish textile on the map in the 1920s.
3. Classic Fitted Blazer
A classic well-fitted blazer is one of the staples of over-50 French women’s wardrobes. This French iconic piece is so versatile: you can pair it with a basic T-shirt, a silk camisole, a pair of high straight jeans, and let the blazer be the statement of the outfit. It instantly gives chic and elegance to any outfit and it can be worn for a day or night outfit depending on the accessorization.
4. Button Down Shirt
A high-quality white or blue button-down shirt is the perfect piece every woman should have in her closet. It’s an iconic French piece that every French woman over 50 owns. It might look polished and smart, so I’ll recommend pairing it with dark blue jeans and a pair of white sneakers. Remember the secret of French style is to mix stuffy pieces with more casual items to rejuvenate your outfit.
5. White Blouse
If the white button-down shirt can make your outfit look smart, a white/cream blouse softens and gives chic and elegance to any outfit. A blouse is so comfortable yet polished and can be worn with anything, anywhere. It can be worn for a day or night outfit depending on the accessorization. It will look very chic and elegant with dark blue jeans and a pair of low block heels or with cream high-waisted wide-leg pants.
6. High-Waisted Jeans
A high-waisted pair of jeans is one of the key pieces of over-50 French women’s wardrobe. Jeans offer a very versatile use; they can be worn with every outfit and for every occasion. The high rise gives waist definition and the wider cut balances out the hips and elongates the legs. In terms of colors, dark denim is more polished whereas light denim is more casual.
7. Below Knee Length Skirt
After a certain age knee can be saggy, wrinkly, and can make you look older than you are. That is why I’ll recommend wearing a skirt at or below the knee as it looks more appropriate and it doesn’t look like you’re trying to look young.
8. White Sneakers
Since Paris is a city where locals walk everywhere and move regularly using stairs, bikes, and public transportation, French women are seeking stylish, cool but always comfortable shoes. So, invest in French shoe styles like ballerina flats, black loafers, low block heels, and white sneakers! Check out my selection of the most stylish white sneakers French women over 50 wear on repeat.
9. Classic Leather Handbag
If you don’t have one already, you need a good-quality leather handbag in your closet. It’s one of the best ways to accessorize any outfit! To do so, opt for a black high-quality leather handbag. The black color is very versatile and will pair with any style of outfit.
10. Statement Watch
If you’re not sure about how to accessorize your outfit the French way, just wear your favorite watch. And it may be time to invest in a nice and timeless watch if you don’t have one already. If you’re looking for some inspiration, check out those luxurious and beautiful watches that can be paired with any kind of outfit.
The Best French Beauty Tips For Women Over 50
Protect Your Skin From The Sun
Always protect your skin whatever the season, and with SPF 50 in summer and SPF 30 in winter. See my list of the best sunscreens from French pharmacies.
Keep a Healthy Diet
Keep a healthy diet to maintain healthy hair, skin, and weight. When it comes to beauty, never underestimate the importance of food. For more, you can check out my articles on what do real French women eat in a day and how French stay slim.
Flaunt a Fresh Manicure
Having your nails manicured is part of all the little details that make you look good. Prefer red or nude colors and short nails. You can read my article on how French women do their nails.
Make sure to exercise daily. Do whatever exercise appeals to you (yoga, dance, pilates, cycling) or just walk. But make sure to do it for at least 30 minutes every day to keep your body in shape.
Visit Your Hairdresser Regularly
Go regularly to your hairdresser. A nice haircut can make all the difference (see the chicest hairstyles French women always ask their stylists). In terms of color, you have two options: you can either decide to wear grey hair (see how French women wear grey hair without looking old) or you can color your hair if you find that silver hair makes you look older than you are.
Be Your True Self
At 50, no one knows you better than yourself. You know exactly what fits well and flatters you. Don’t try to be someone else and don’t try to follow the trends.
Visit Your Esthetician Regularly
French women go through regular facial treatments to maintain healthy and glowy skin.
Have a Proper Skincare Routine
Make sure to have a proper skincare routine (see my article about the French skincare routine) and to use a good anti-aging cream tailored to your skin’s needs (see the best French anti-aging creams).
Don’t Overdo Botox And Fillers
Indeed, botox and fillers at some point can make you look older than you are. Only have it done once a year or every two years.
The Best French Books About French Style Over 50
- Ageless Beauty the French Way, Clemence Von Mueffling
- Why French Women Feel Young at 50, Mylene Desclaux
- French Women Don’t Get Facelifts: Aging with Attitude, Mireille Guiliano
- Older, but Better, but Older, Caroline De Maigret and Sophie Mas
- French Women Don’t Get Facelifts, Mireille Guiliano
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