French Fashion Style

Think French fashion style and the words CHIC and STYLE immediately come to mind.

Paris is the cradle of fashion and still the fashion capital of the world!

Every French woman appears to be born with confidence and poise with the innate ability to dress herself stylishly. Clothes that you choose to wear rather than those that wear YOU!   

A Frenchwoman will never buy in panic but assembles a wardrobe of quality classic and simple basics that will cope with every occasion. 

It is the addition of beautifully selected accessories and fashion items which enable her to update and transform her look from season to season.


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How a French woman builds her wardrobe

  • A French woman is disciplined from youth to establish a collection of simple, classic, well cut and essential wardrobe items.
  • Her wardrobe will usually be minimal, in neutral colors, but always the best she can afford. Every item will fit to perfection and be rigorously maintained and cherished.
  • A French woman's priority is to choose clothes that flatter her body type and shape. The result is timeless elegance with unmistakable STYLE!

French fashion style in every wardrobe...

This is an example of the essential French fashion style you are likely to find in every French woman's closet.

Of course colors, styles and shapes will vary but the colors will be plain, the tones neutral and the shapes a modern classic. Most of the items will mix and match.

  • a cashmere sweater or cardigan - for both men and women
  • a white silk shirt - the ultimate layer with skirts or pants
  • quality jeans in dark tones - skinny for the young, straight/bootcut if more mature

  • quality tailored trousers
  • a simple black dress - that can be dressed down for work or dressed up for dinner
  • a coverall trench coat

The look is quite easy to copy - but it's very disciplined. Pull together your basic essentials and you may be in a better situation than you at first thought. 

You may have to cheat with quality initially - and you will probably need to change your mindset as we've grown used to expecting a large and varied wardrobe which often presents more of a problem of what to wear! 

Quality over Quantity!

  • A French woman will always place quality above quantity. The basic essentials of her wardrobe are investment pieces for all seasons and she will expect them to last.
  • She never buys in panic but works to a plan to add only quality and versatile pieces to her wardrobe. Natural fabrics are her first choice, wool or linen, and they are expected to stand the test of time.
  • The simplicity of style and color allows her to use her wardrobe basics to full advantage. With the addition of a few current or colorful accessories she will update and transform her look from season to season.

  • The seamstress is her friend and ally, ready to adjust or alter a garment to retain a perfect fit and to stay in vogue. 

Create your own French Fashion Style

Accessories are key and probably a French woman's main extravagance! This is where French FASHION style is introduced and her elegance shines. One single accessory can turn a simple outfit into a chic statement!

  • always a scarf for men and women, often black cashmere

  • sunglasses even if on your head

  • boots, heels or loafers/flats

  • leather bag
  • good belts
  • unobtrusive quality jewelry

We have grown used to expecting a large and varied wardrobe. French fashion style with a minimal collection of essential and quality basics simplify the thought process and eliminate stress!

Establish your own basic collection so you're prepared for any occasion. Add the odd special accessory and you'll present a more stylish presence every time.   

Shop very carefully to achieve the best possible quality on your individual budget.

What to look for...

  • Simple classic styles in quality fabric
  • Well cut and good fit
  • Mainly plain fabrics limit to 2 colors
  • Match top/pants or top/skirt
  • A quality trench coat
  • smart shoes and accessories
  • quality over quantity always!

What to avoid...

  • Light blue jeans and sweatshirts
  • Flip flops or sneakers
  • Any kind of exercise clothing
  • T-shirts with pictures or logo
  •  anything gaudy or tacky

For Paris chic..

A new season but no need to panic! Expand on your basics with additional neutral tones and accessories.

Just add two or three extra items to your basic wardrobe and you'll be ready for the epitome of French fashion style - Springtime in Paris!

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