Here is your ultimate guide to getting French girl fall style. Being French, I love to write about French girl style. And with the arrival of the autumn season, I wanted to share with you a few French style tips in order to get French girl fall style, but also, the ten fall wardrobe staples that are found in every French wardrobe —and on every Parisian street.
5 Style Rules To Get French Girl Fall Style
Before diving into the essentials of the French fall wardrobe, there are several rules that French women follow religiously in order to dress effortlessly chic during the fall season.
- First, when it comes to their fall wardrobe, French women shop for timeless pieces that will work together and always seek neutral colors such as black, burgundy, khaki, navy blue, grey, cognac or beige.
- French women generally avoid wearing prints during the autumn season, except for classic prints such as plaid/tartan, checks, houndstooth and chevron. The French stick to classic tones and prints that will always be in style.
- In terms of fabrics, the French seek high-quality fabrics such as cotton, silk, wool, or cashmere —which are perfect to wear when the weather gets cold.
- French women don’t dedicate their wardrobe to new trends but instead, they incorporate different wardrobe staples based on the season.
- Finally, French women don’t sacrifice their comfort for style. The French girl fall style is all about finding outfits that are both chic and comfortable to wear every day.
With that in mind, I’ve compiled a list of French fall basics that will never go out of style and which can be easily worn together.
10 Wardrobe Staples That Define French Girl Fall Style
1. Wool Blend Blazer
The blazer is an essential piece of the French fall wardrobe. Being French, I have so many blazers in my wardrobe —and at least one for each season. For fall, a wool blend or a velvet blazer is perfect to get a more polished look while still keeping warm. French women generally pair their wool-blend blazer with a basic t-shirt, jeans, and loafers or white sneakers. It instantly gives chic and elegance to any fall outfit and it can be worn for a day or night outfit depending on the accessorization.
This season, opt for a slightly oversized blazer. Navy blue, grey, or black versions can work with any fall outfit. In term of prints prefer houndstooth, plaid or tartan that will always be in style. I love this blazer from Blazé Milano and this boxy houndstooth blazer from &Other Stories.
2. Trench Coat
The long beige trench coat is a fall must-have for any French woman. 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 beige, khaki, or light grey trench coat, and this season, the longer the more fashionable.
Being French, I love wearing trench coats during the fall season! I’ve had a few different styles over the years, but my two favorites trench coats I wear on repeat are the Sézane’s Scott trench and the Everlane’s Modern Trench coat. I have also this Burberry Kensington Heritage trench coat on my wishlist.
3. Basic T-shirt
White, light grey basic t-shirts are essentials of the French fall wardrobe. In the fall season, French women love to combine a basic t-shirt with a wool blend blazer, jeans, and a pair of loafers or ankle boots. In terms of colors, French women stick to neutral tones such as white, grey, beige, or nude. Personally, I only wear white t-shirts as I think the color white is a bit chicer. Also, I like to invest in high-quality t-shirts which can last more than one season. That’s why I bought multiple Conrad t-shirts (in different colors), from the French brand Sézane.
4. Breton Striped Top
The Breton striped shirt (a.k.a. the marinière in French) is one of the staples of the French girl fall wardrobe. For the little story, everything started when St. James’s Breton-stripe jersey became the official uniform in the French navy in 1858. In 1913, Coco Chanel introduced the popular striped tee to the fashion world and it became an iconic piece that is found in every French woman’s closet.
In the fall season, you can wear it with a trench coat, jeans, and a pair of loafers or ankle boots. Just avoid the French fashion cliché by wearing a béret, a marinière, and a red scarf altogether. This season I’m in love with La Ligne’s striped cashmere cardigan and striped wool and cashmere-blend sweater.
Turtlenecks are definitely another of the staples of the French fall wardrobe. Indeed, turtlenecks are flattering, minimal and they’re so easily layered under all the blazers, sweaters, and coats in your existing wardrobe. Nothing is quite as classic as a black thin turtleneck jumper. In terms of colors, French women prefer neutral shades such as beige, cognac, black, navy blue, or grey. Turtlenecks are so versatile and can be paired with any fall outfit. In fall, I love wearing a cashmere or Merino wool turtleneck —like this Sézane’s Jacob jumper— under a wool blazer. It’s my favorite outfit when it gets colder!
Cardigans are the perfect clothing items that will keep you warm this fall. French women love to wear them over a basic t-shirt or a silk camisole and they layer them with a blazer or a trench coat. Opt for a high-quality fabric that will last for more than one season like merino wool, cashmere, angora, or mohair wool. Finally, choose neutral colors such as white, grey, navy blue, black, or dark green that work together easily. This season I love this very chic oversized gold button two-tone cardigan from &Other Stories. And I just love Sézane’s Achille cardigan which is so comfortable to wear when it gets colder!
7. High Waist Jeans
There’s a reason this silhouette is so popular: it’s flattering on everyone. Indeed, the high rise gives waist definition, and the wider cut balances out the hips and elongates the legs. For a cult French outfit, you can pair your favorite jeans with a basic t-shirt, a well-fitted blazer, and a classic pair of loafers. Prefer high waist jeans with no holes, rips, and paint splatters. In terms of colors, French women prefer light jeans for the day and dark blue for a chicer outfit. This fall I’m wearing on repeat high rise flared jeans like Frame’s high-rise jeans! I just find it the most flattering style of jeans for women.
8. Knit Dress
Just because it’s fall doesn’t mean French women do not wear dresses anymore. As temperatures begin to drop, French women usually prefer to wear knit dresses during the cooler months. You can wear it with a cardigan and a pair of ankle boots. And you can layer a snug turtleneck underneath as well. For fall, a knit dress is perfect to get a more polished look while still keeping warm.
9. Ankle Boots
Ankle boots are definitely one of the essential shoes for the fall season. One of the best things about ankle boots is that they are very versatile. Whether you’re wearing jeans, pants, a silky skirt, or a knitwear dress, ankle boots can provide an excellent footwear option. Those stylish shoes can suit many fall looks and can easily be dressed up or down. They are definitely the French staple your closet needs.
While still feminine and slim-fitting, a pair of loafers is also a wonderful flat-style footwear option. You may have all fall in love with the Gucci Jordaan loafers this year, but French women have known about the magic of a loafer for a whole lot longer. Since Paris is a city where you can walk everywhere, Parisian women generally opt for chic, stylish, and comfortable shoes. And loafers are definitely one of their favorite footwear options for the fall season!
Et voilà! I hope this guide to French girl fall style will help you create a wardrobe full of stylish staples this season. If you have any questions, please let me know in the comment below.
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