I’ve always had a soft spot for all things French. French was my favorite subject in high school, Paris is one of my favorite places I’ve been, and most of my favorite artists from composers to designers have hailed from France. I love trying to incorporate Parisian touches into my outfits, and while I’d never dare say that I have French girl cool style down, I’m definitely learning how to nod towards Paris when I get dressed.
These five essentials definitely help.
A Breton Top
Seriously, nothing beats a good striped tee. I love how they add a sophisticated feel when all I’m actually wearing are jeans and a t-shirt. My favorite is my boxy striped tee from Everlane for its almost square cut and perfect stripe width.
Trench Style Outerwear
I’m not sure if anything looks quite as Paris appropriate to me as a classic trench coat. Don’t just settle for the original shape here, though. I love my swing style trench from Banana Republic (old.) The swing shape hearkens back to the 1950s, and it’s so elegant. Everlane does a similar style, and it’s ethically made.
I’m not quite sure how I came up with enough outfits for a week before I added black trousers to my wardrobe. They are so versatile, and create the perfect neutral base for statement pieces. Mine are high-waisted and have a fun sash at the waist. I got them at Ruche a while back, but you can find a similar fair trade style here.
A Classic Black Dress
I hunted for the perfect LBD for years. Then one day I was thrifting and came across what turned out to be the perfect dress for me. It has a crisscross bodice, 3/4 length raglan sleeves, and a perfect skirt length. It dresses up for a night out with the addition of heels and glitzy jewelry, but can also remain low-key with some simple flats and a cardigan.
French style isn’t overly feminine. In fact, I’ve noticed that French girls borrow from the boys like nobody’s business– and I love it! Loafers make the perfect shoe in a Parisian wardrobe because they bring some tomboy balance to any look. Mine came from Target years ago, and I love their pointed toe and clean lines. They go with everything.
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Do you draw inspiration from French style? What are some of your wardrobe essentials? I’d love to hear!