The Ultimate Guide To French Winter Fashion

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Here is your ultimate guide to French winter fashion. Being French, I love to write about French style. And with the arrival of the winter season, I wanted to share with you a few French style tips on how to dress effortlessly chic this winter, and the ten best French winter fashion staples that are found in every French wardrobe —and on every Parisian street.

What French Women Wear In Winter

But before diving into the ten best French winter fashion staples, here are a few general guidelines on how French women look chic and dressed up in the winter months.

  1. When it comes to their winter 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.
  2. French women generally avoid wearing prints during the winter season, except for classic prints such as plaid/tartan, checks, houndstooth and chevron.
  3. In winter, French women seek high-quality and warm fabrics such as cotton, Merino, Alpaca wool, or cashmere.
  4. French women don’t dedicate their wardrobe to new trends but instead, they incorporate different wardrobe staples based on the season.
  5. Finally, French women don’t sacrifice their comfort for style. The French winter style is all about finding the right balance between looking dressed up and staying warm.

With that in mind, let’s discover the ten French winter fashion staples that will remain relevant for the years to come.

The 10 Best French Winter Fashion Staples

There are several fashion staples French women wear in winters such as warm coats, wool blend blazers, cashmere knitwear and cardigans, wool hats, and comfortable and warm footwear. Emulate that je ne sais quoi with these French winter outfits below that seem at once carefully put together and carefree. Read on to shop my top picks and upgrade your wardrobe this winter.

1. Wool Blend Blazers

There are a few blazers that I love this winter season! First, I love this Maje double-breasted checked jacket to wear well-fitted with a belt. If you prefer tweed, there is this beautiful Sandro tweed tailored jacket, very classic-chic! This season houndstooth is back in style, you can opt for this fabulous Sandro houndstooth suit jacket. Finally, If you’re looking for a more classic style, this Sandro tailored jacket is definitely the style you need!

2. Faux-Fur Coats

Faux-fur coats are my favorite style of coat to wear in winter when temperatures drop below zero! I bought this Sézane Isée faux-fur coat several years ago and I keep wearing it every winter. This season I have this ba&sh Fanny jacket and this beautiful Zadig & Voltaire Miller Leo coat on my wishlist.

3. Long Wool Coats

For French chic, I’ll recommend opting for either a black or beige long wool coat. This season, I love this ba&sh Corentin coat that you can wear well-fitted with a belt. If you’re looking for a more structured coat, opt for this beautiful Sandro long coat with tailored collar.

4. Puffer Jackets

The best puffer jackets are from the French fashion brand Moncler —named after the popular Monestier-de-Clermont ski resort in the French Alps. It’s the perfect jacket to wear in the city when temperatures drop below zero but also for skiing in the French Alps! This season I have this Moncler Bruche belted quilted shell down jacket on my wishlist.

5. Turtleneck Sweaters

Turtleneck sweaters are the chicest items to wear in winter! I love to wear them under a wool-blend blazer. My favorite turtleneck sweaters are the Sézane Jacob jumpers made in Merino wool. For a cheaper alternative, I love this Madewell Turtleneck bodysuit as well.

6. Cardigans

With long, cropped and oversized options, there’s definitely a cardigan to suit every occasion. It’s the perfect item to wear in winter to stay warm while not sacrificing style. This winter, I love the long cardigan trend like this Sandro long houndstooth cardigan and this Maje contrasting knit cardigan.

7. Cozy Knitwears

8. Wool Hats

9. Ankle Boots

You can choose from so many different styles of ankle boots but suede, black leather, and block-heeled boots are the three main shoe styles French women wear in winter. This season I love these Isabel Marant Derst suede ankle boots and Chloé Susanna studded leather ankle boots.

10. Knee-High Boots

Knee-high boots are a great shoe option if you want to stay warm in the colder months but you still want to look stylish and pulled together. Versatile, knee-high boots can look fantastic with a variety of outfits. Prefer low heel boots as they offer a bit of height that helps elongate the legs. This season, I’m in love with these Isabel Marant Laylis suede knee boots and these Sézane Adèle boots.

Et voilà! I hope this guide to French winter fashion 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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By Leonce Chenal

Bonjour! I’m Leonce, I’m French and I’m a Parisian expat currently living in the city center of Amsterdam (I previously lived in the 4th arrondissement of Paris, on the Ile-Saint-Louis). I created Leonce Chenal back in 2018 when I was living in London and missing my home country way too much. Because I truly believe you don’t have to be French or to live in France to experience the French art de vivre, Leonce Chenal is a French digital magazine to help you live your French life, wherever you are. Enjoy <3

4 comments

  1. Hi Leonce. Great article. Thank you. Can I ask you to write an article about the fragrances and deodorants that French prefer? What are your favorite? Or is winter so much about hand creams and body care? Thank you very much I will be very much looking forward.
    Brst regards Sylvia

  2. I love this blog so much and I love this post! I love all of the pieces you have mentioned and think each piece is wonderful to have in any wardrobe. So timeless and classy. I’m currently loving cardigans and I had never paid much attention to them before. Or I had only considered long cardigans (which seem to be popular here in the USA). But I love the cropped cardigan look. So chic. I would love to see a blog post on either books that you love or books French women love! 🙂 you’re amazing! Keep putting out this amazing content!

    1. Thank you very much for your nice feedback <3
      It's a wonderful idea! I have so many books that I love, I'll write an article about them soon!
      Merci beaucoup

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