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10 French Fall Wardrobe Staples to Add to Your Closet Now

10 French Fall Wardrobe Staples to Add to Your Closet Now

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Here are the ten wardrobe staples that define French fall fashion. Fall is definitely my favorite season when it comes to styling as I love to combine my favorite aspects of winter and summer to create the perfect wardrobe for “la rentrée” (or back-to-school).

In today’s post, I’ve compiled a list of the ten autumn essentials that are found in every French woman’s wardrobe —and on every Parisian street. From the classic trench coat to the Breton striped knitwear to the wool-blend blazer, these items below are as effortless and easy to wear as they are elegant. Keep scrolling to see and shop the ten French fashion staples you need in your wardrobe this autumn.

1. The Blazer

The blazer is definitely essential to French fall fashion. Indeed, a wool-blend or a velvet blazer is the perfect outerwear to get a more polished look while still keeping warm.

For the autumn season, opt for a slightly oversized blazer —so you can wear knitwear and a cashmere sweater underneath. Navy blue, grey, brown or black versions can work with any fall outfit. And in terms of prints, prefer timeless ones like plaid, tartan, checks, houndstooth, or chevron.

For an effortless yet chic French fall look, just pair your favorite blazer with a white tee, a pair of jeans —wide-leg or flared jeans are in trend this season— and a pair of loafers or white sneakers.

2. The Trench Coat

The camel trench coat is a fall must-have! It’s the perfect coat for this transitional autumn period between light jackets to heavy-duty coats and perfect for those rainy days ahead.

A high-quality trench coat will keep you warm all seasons and will add chic to any of your fall outfits. In terms of colors opt for a camel, beige, khaki, or navy blue trench coat, and this season, the longer the more fashionable.

Being French, the trench is one of my favorite outerwear for the autumn season. I’ve had a few different styles over the years, but my two favorites are Sézane’s Scott trench coat and Burberry’s The Chelsea trench coat.

3. The Elegant Overcoat

An elegant overcoat can transform any outfit and make casual separates look put together instantly! And this season, the best fall coats go back to basics with classic silhouettes.

Opt for a camel long wool coat like this gorgeous Loro Piana Hayk belted cashmere coat or Loulou Studio oversized wool and cashmere-blend coat. I have also this Maje double-faced jacket with belt on my wishlist!

4. The Breton-Style Striped Sweater

The Breton striped sweater is one of my favorite trends of the season! I bought this Maje Breton-style striped pullover that I adore, and I have this Sézane Trudy Jumper on my wishlist!

It’s definitely an iconic piece you need in your wardrobe! This season, you can pair it with a trench coat, jeans, and a pair of loafers. Just avoid the French cliché by wearing it with a béret and a red scarf altogether ;)!

5. The White Tee

The white tee is a wardrobe essential that you can wear all year round. In the autumn season, you can wear a basic white tee underneath your favorite wool-blend blazer, trench coat, cardigan, or elegant overcoat. I’ll recommend investing in premium cotton t-shirts like Sézane’s Conrad T-shirt, which will last you more than one season.

6. The Turtleneck

I just love wearing turtleneck sweaters in the autumn season! Turtlenecks are flattering and minimal and they’re so easily layered under all the blazers, sweaters, and elegant overcoats in your existing wardrobe.

Nothing is quite as classic as a black, camel, or navy blue thin turtleneck jumper. This season, my favorite one is Sézane’s Jacob jumper that I layer under a blazer or long wool overcoat. So chic!

7. The Cardigan

The cardigan is the perfect clothing item that will keep you warm this autumn! And this season, I particularly love the new garment that has begun to make its mark over the last couple of years: the coatigan or cardicoat —which is simply a cross between a coat and a cardigan.

It’s the perfect outerwear for this transitional autumn period between light jackets to heavy-duty coats! I bought this gorgeous Sandro Long houndstooth cardigan and I have this Gucci Horsebit-detailed cashmere cardigan on my wishlist! Also, I just love Sézane’s Basile cardigan which is so comfortable to wear when it gets colder.

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8. Straight-Leg Jeans

A pair of straight-leg jeans are definitely a staple of the French wardrobe. And there is a reason why this silhouette is so popular: it’s flattering on everyone! The high rise gives the waist definition, and the wider cut balances out the hips and elongates the legs.

If you’re looking for an effortless yet timeless style, opt for a pair of dark blue straight-leg jeans that will go with everything and fits every season like Mother’s The Dazzler straight-leg jeans or Khaite’s Abigail cropped high-rise straight-leg jeans. An iconic is also Sézane’s Brut Sexy.

For more comfort, I recommend opting for wide-leg jeans like Frame’s Le Hardy high-rise wide-leg jeans. Flared and wide-leg jeans are very trendy this season!

9. Boots

From knee-high boots to Chelsea boots to suede boots, boots are essential shoes for French fall fashion. Whether paired with jeans, dress pants, skirts, or knitwear dresses, these stylish shoes can suit many fall looks.

This autumn, I have a coup de coeur for these gorgeous Roger Vivier Viv’ Rangers strass buckle Chelsea booties in velvet. These Chloé Susanna studded leather ankle boots are also iconic!

10. Loafers

While still feminine and slim-fitting, a pair of loafers is also a wonderful flat-style footwear option for the autumn season. And if this year you have all fall in love with Gucci Jordaan loafers, the French have known about the magic of a loafer for a whole lot longer! This season, I’m in love with Roger Vivier Viv’ Rangers loafers and TOD’S Gomma Pesante loafers.

Et voilà! I hope this shoppable guide to the best French fall fashion trends will help you create a wardrobe full of stylish staples this season! Let me know in the comment below if you have any questions.

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