If you have a vague idea of what French style is, here is your ultimate guide on French girl style to all seasons, by a French girl living in Paris. In this article, you’ll learn the set of rules French girls follow to achieve that effortless, undone but always stylish look. In addition, thanks to the French staple pieces listed below that make day-to-day dressing infinitely easier, you’ll be able to recreate French girl’s wardrobe wherever you are.
The French Girl Style
Style and fashion are really ingrained in French culture. For French girls, style is an extension of themselves. I never met a french girl who doesn’t care about style. Even if French style seems very effortless, French girls put a lot of thought into their wardrobe. And I think the ultimate goal of all French girls is to found their own style (what they like and what they don’t) and to stick to it.
French girl style is not a difficult style to pull off and is not entirely unattainable. It is something effortless, classic, nonchalant, cool but not arrogant. French girl style is all about finding the right balance between looking dressed up and laid-back at the same time. It’s not being obsessed about wearing bold shades, extravagant items, bright colors, and expensive pieces. Instead, the French girl style is all about choosing great materials, high-quality, timeless, and versatile items that work well together. And this style lies in how clothes are mixed together and the little things that make the difference.
How To Get French Girl Style
In order for you to have the full picture of the French girl’s closet, I’ve compiled a list of the basic items that every French girl owns. However, remember that French staple pieces can change depending on the season. For example, the trench coach is a classic piece of French girl style, however, French girls usually wear it in fall and spring only. I hope this list will help you to create the French-inspired wardrobe of your dream!
French girl style is stylish, simple, and chic, and it’s all about the basics. Simplicity is key to the French style. And if you want to dress like a (real) French girl, remember to always keep your overall look simple and clean. French girls are never overdone or overdress. Instead, French style is all about effortless basic clothes with one statement piece like a scarf, a hat, or a great pair of shoes. Make sure to follow those 7 style rules to get that French girl style wherever you are.
7 Style Rules To Create A French Capsule Wardrobe
- Shop timeless high-quality: prefer high-quality fabrics (cotton, silk, wool, cashmere, etc.) that will last for a very long time and versatile pieces.
- Shop minimalists basics: keep your overall look simple and clean.
- Stick with neutral tones such as khaki, beige, white, oak, camel, navy blue, grey, or black.
- Avoid logos on clothing: French style is all about discretion.
- Always choose style and comfort
- Found your own style and stick to it (don’t follow the latest fashion trends)
- Get the right cut for your body type: always make sure that your clothes fit perfectly.
If you want to know more, read my article on the best style rules to follow in order to get that French girl style.
10 French Style Basics To Add In Your Closet
In order to curate a French capsule wardrobe, prefer high-quality fabrics (cotton, silk, wool, cashmere, etc.) that will last for a very long time. Invest in versatile pieces that you can re-wear and re-style often, and don’t follow too much all the new trends. Instead, prefer timeless pieces that all work together, and which are comfortable to wear every day. To save you some time, I’ve compiled a list of the 10 French wardrobe basics to add in your closet.
- Plain T-shirts (white, grey, black, beige and prefer 100% cotton)
- White button-down shirts (well-fitted, or oversize in cotton or silk)
- Silk camisoles (white, beige or white)
- Well fitted blazers (navy blue, grey or black, prefer wool/linen)
- High rise straight jeans (dark blue)
- Oversized jumpers (prefer merino wool, cashmere, angora or mohair)
- A little black dress
- A trench coat (beige)
- A black leather bag (good quality leather handbag, with no logo)
- A pair of chic white sneakers (Stan Smith sneakers is a go-to)
If you’re looking for some inspiration to shop those basics of French girl’s closet, read my article on the 10 French girls wardrobe essentials. Also, you can shop for my favorite French style pieces of the season in the French shop.
French Girl’s Favorite Shoe Styles
Because French girls walk everywhere and move regularly using stairs, bikes, and public transportation, French girls seek stylish, versatile, and comfortable shoes. French girl shoes can be paired with any type of outfit and are perfect for all seasons: they work well with shorts, dresses, skirts, and any type of pants. Here are the 10 essential French-girl shoe styles that you need in your closet:
- Ankle boots
- Ballet flats
- Low block heels
- White sneakers
- Evening heels
- Knee-high boots
- Flat sandals
If you want to learn more about French girls’ favorite shoes, read my article on the 10 shoe styles that every French girl owns.
French Girl’s Basics For Fall/Winter
In France, during fall/winter months temperatures can drop up to 0C° and we usually have less than 6 hours of light. January and February are the coldest months in Paris, and even if snow in Paris is rare, it can happen during a couple of days in February or March. Now, you probably understand why French girls have specific basics in their wardrobe for the fall/winter season. Here are listed below the basics of the French girl’s wardrobe for the fall/winter season.
- Wool blazer
- Faux-fur coat
- Long wool coat
- A puffer coat
- A warm scarf
- Fedora hat
French Girl’s Basics For Spring/Summer
In France, spring means unpredictable weather, that’s why French girls have specific basics for spring/summer in their closets. Usually, spring in France is quite an uncertain and capricious season as you can get warm and sunny days and rainy and cold days in the same week. If in April the maximal temperatures are about 13°C, at the end of the summer they can reach up to 35°C. Here are listed below the essentials of the French girl’s wardrobe for the spring/summer season.
- A tweed jacket
- A suede jacket
- Wrap dresses
- Long summer dresses
- Oversized sunglasses
- A linen pant
- A woven bag
- Straw boater hat
French Girl’s Favorites Fashion Brands
Now that you know what pieces and basic items you need to create your French wardrobe, you’ll probably want to know where to shop those items. Here are the best French fashion brands to help you look like a (real) French girl. Some of those brands are well-known French designer brands, whereas others are newer, cooler, and more affordable brands. If you want to know more about the best affordable French clothing brands, read my article on the 20 French fashion brands Parisians swear by.
Affordable French Clothing Brands
- Claudie Pierlot
- Zadig & Voltaire
- The Kooples
- Musier Paris
- Balzac Paris
- Comptoir des Cotonniers
- Jérôme Dreyfuss (handbags)
French Designer Clothing Brands
- Louis Vuitton
- Isabel Marant
- Saint Laurent
- Faith Connexion
I hope this French girl style guide will help you to create your own French wardrobe wherever you are! Please comment below if I forget to mention anything or if you have any suggestions.
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