French women are popular for their minimalistic wardrobe—being sure of what they really want to wear, unaffected by the magazine advertisement guiding about fashion.
When pulling together my wardrobe, French style is my perpetual muse! As timeless as French style itself!
We all are inspired by the dazzling French fashion style. While planning for 2020 vacation spots, I’d love to be love to be anywhere in France, especially when the spring is in full bloom and the French style allows you for touches of layering.
Aging, especially around 40s and above, dulls your spirit to look ravishing and young, but French basics fashion wouldn’t let anyone feel that way.
Here, I’ll be capturing how French women epitomize their style:
French Wardrobe Philosophy – A Timeless Wardrobe:
‘A smoking jacket, jeans, and a white T-shirt (are items that every women must have).’
Caroline de Maigret
French fashion icons such as Caroline de Maigret, Jeanne Damas, and Ines de la Fressange are always put together, stunning, and youthful. They highly influence my personal choices!
The philosophy behind their everlasting style is preference of ‘quality over quantity’. Their day to day wardrobe is elevated and accentuates their style according to the body shape. Moreover, they prefer less glitter and fur that dulls their personal essence.
They prefer simple and elegant clothing that looks great on their skin and makes them feel confident. Anything lesser is thrown out.
If you are a Francophile, choose to wear an aura of ease and simplicity. Wear what inspires confidence in you—throw out those baggy clothes if it’s making your shoulder droop forward and vanquish your positive self-image.
A Perfect French Wardrobe Formula:
You must incorporate wardrobe uniforms into your capsule wardrobe. What is it? A school or office uniform? Not exactly.
A wardrobe uniform is an outfit worn repeatedly. Here are a few examples:
- Tucked in T-shirt, wide-legged bottom, and ankle boots
- A-line wrap dress, cardigan, and wedges
- Blazer, sweater, skinny jeans, and loafer
Imagine yourself in these outfits, how do you feel? In style? Then, why not!
Otherwise, I recommend that you should identify any 2 to 3 favorite uniforms from your wardrobe that’ll help you define your personal style.
5-Piece French Wardrobe:
Before you develop your basic capsule wardrobe of ‘quality clothes’, you must remember the rule: add only 5 French style pieces every season. Every season, you can supplement the wardrobe with core basic 5 items to define your personal style.
Spring and summer are one season, and Fall and Winter are second season. So, you can add only 10 pieces per year not 20!
The idea is great to hold back the ‘consumer’ inside you gobbling on a wide range of product—ending up in confusion of ‘what to wear’. You’ll give much thought to anything you’ll ever buy. With lesser options, your style is better defined.
Additionally, you wouldn’t run out of budget for other important things.
Basic French Women Wardrobe:
To pigeonhole another country’s ‘uniform’ isn’t easy, so it’s necessary to begin with the basics.
1. What are the Basics?
As you can buy only 5 pieces per season, ensure that you only buy the basics:
A basic is something:
- That goes with ‘most’ of your wardrobe items
- That you can wear over and over again until it’s torn and useless
- That you adore from the bottom of your heart
- That helps you keep the entire wardrobe in line with others
- That is made of high-quality material that’s reliable.
In terms of colors, French women are into neutral tones—beige, black, white, grey, and navy.
2. What’s the Aim Behind French Style?
Anything that appear ‘overstylish’ or ‘pompous’ is removed to balance out the outfit. On the other hand, they don’t try to add ‘sexiness’ to their wardrobe; instead, it’s in the way their present themselves with simplicity.
Elegance is defined well by clothing pieces that fit you not just simply remain neglected in your wardrobe. For example, if you have two to three jackets, which one goes perfectly with your figure? The rest can be discarded without a second thought!
Here are French women wardrobe essentials:
- Button-up Shirt:
A cotton, button-up shirt is an essential staple in French wardrobe. It’s perfect for casual meetings or friends gatherings. A white and blue shirt would suffice.
- Silk Shirt:
A silk shirt, either in navy, black, or white, are perfect for day and night events. A button-up silk shirt looks impressive.
- Straight Leg Jeans:
It’s a classic Parisian go-to choice, especially when you are unsure of what to wear. Neither too tight nor too loose, it rightly hugs your legs with enough about of space for easy movement.
A classic, tailored pant is another important staple in French women’s wardrobe. The slim fit, straight pants look great. They bring form with comfort. If you prefer torn-up jeans, they can go well with a white button-up shirt.
- Cashmere Sweater:
When it’s chilly out there, nothing can look commendable and simplistic than a mono-tone cashmere sweater under a black jacket.
- High-Waist Pants:
French women define their curves with style, that is, high-waisted skirts and pants. It hugs the curves and defines the body. Whether you are getting straight pants or flared bottoms, high-waisted must be included in your wardrobe.
However, be sure to wear heels with pants, not flats. That’s how Parisians flaunt their height and look with a high-waisted pant and heels.
- Little Black Dress:
A black dress is an unbeatable choice for evening parties or a date. French women always prefer a black dress over all other colors to express their sexiness with style and simplicity.
A skin-hugging black dress and red lipstick is a deadly combination. Have you ever tried it in your 40s? Trust me, you’ll feel more confident, youthful, and energetic.
A wrap dress reverberates comfort and style at the same time. So, wrap up your favorite dress and flaunt your curves with confidence.
- Silk Scarf:
A silk scarf is classic accessory in French style. It brings vibrancy of colors in early spring and fall days, keeping your neck protected from cold, moist weather. It looks great on a white shirt with a jacket or blazer.
- Leather handbag:
A single handbag should suffice, especially a high-quality leather handbag that goes well with all your wardrobe dresses. In France, there are various brands who specialize in preparing fine leather goods. It’s resistant to weather changes and can last for longer. So, pick your favorite leather bag quite thoughtfully.
French women love blazers and suits to wear to meetings and dinners. The masculine blazer is a wardrobe MUST-HAVE essential. Perfectly tailored, well-fitted, plaid blazer will bring the boldness out of you.
Blazer can go well with button-up shirts and cashmere sweaters.
- Beige Trench Coat:
A trench coat is iconic wardrobe essential among all Parisian men and women. Winters are all about continual rains, so a beige trench coat is stylish options to pair with a lot of different outfits.
- Black and White Nautical Stripes:
Without these stripped sweaters, you are not following the Parisian style perfectly. Brought in spotlight by the diva of style, Chanel’s choice cannot be overlooked. It’s an essential part of a French wardrobe.
The stripes are super-trendy and timeless style that can go well with a nice pair of jeans and heels.
- Black Flats:
Flats, particularly of black leather, are found everywhere in Paris. They look great and never outdated. In fact, they are durable to be worn throughout the year. The black flats don’t really distract the onlooker from your outfit.
5-Piece French Basics Wardrobe:
Here’s what you need to constrict your wardrobe to:
- Silk Blouse
- Silk Shirt
- White Button-down Shirt
- Little Black Dress
- Cashmere Sweater (can be oversized if it suits you)
- Boyfriend Blazer
- Striped Shirt
3 Tees: Black, White, and Gray
3 Tanks: Black, White, and Gray
- Seasonal Jacket
- Black Suit
- Trench coat
- Leather jacket
- Skinny jeans
- Straight Leg Jeans
- Boyfriend jeans
- Black pant
- Trouser Jeans
- Leather Pants
- Black Skirt
- Black Shorts
- Stilettoes (Black)
- Mid-heel Ankle Boots
- Classic flats
- Silk Scarf
- Warm Scarf
- Leather Bag
- Everyday ring and chain
- Diamond studs
What More Can Be Added?
Once you have achieved this much, you can consider adding some different stuff such as:
- Thong sandals
- Shopper Bag
- A Piggy Pink Woolen Coat
- Checkered Coat
The above basics are inspired by French models Caroline de Maigret and Ines de la Fressange.
French fashion basics revolve around classics and simplicity. Past the distractions, it’s a minimalistic style opposite to what Bohemians enjoy!
How do you style your wardrobe? Do you add the French touch as well? Share your ideas with us in the comments below.
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