How to dress like a French woman

I have always been fascinated by how French women dress because they maintain a sense of simplicity and minimalism which is exactly how I like to keep my wardrobe. I started researching the topic a little more in the hopes of gaining a more complete understanding of how to master the style of French women and have come up with the following tips.

First up, the cardigan. A short cardigan is great to wear with a skirt while a longer one is perfect over pants. These are nice for the cooler nights in the Fall and Spring and throughout the cold Winter. A second choice next to the cardigan is a great blazer or short jacket. It gives a more professional appeal and is an ideal way to dress up any outfit.

Next, skinny black jeans, fitted pants, or leggings. I read that there were restaurants that did not even allow patrons to enter if they were wearing denim jeans. So often times women would wear black pants. They are usually fitted or with a straight leg. I realized that if you are wearing tailored jeans or pants you will always look more put together.

Third, a great pair of flats or flat boots. French women are usually walking everywhere they go so a good pair of sturdy shoes are necessary. Forget about white tennis shoes because that is the signature look of a tourist and a definite no-no.

Fourth, a number of different colored scarves. French women keep their wardrobe in very neutral colors. Black, brown, cream or beige, with hints of navy, and gray. When you add a scarf to the mix it can really add an extra pop especially if it’s a bright color that is just perfect for catching the eye.

Lastly, invest in a great bag and coat. These are staples that are used year after year and by saving up and buying a really great bag with excellent structure or a tailored wool coat you’ll be able to pair them with anything else you throw on.

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  1. December 4, 2012 / 11:34 AM

    French fashion is awesome! I really like all collections and outfits. From the last many months I am following your blog. Are you offering any discount then please reply me.

  2. May 31, 2012 / 7:35 AM

    French fashion is something that keeps my eyes on. Their style and combination colors are just perfect!

  3. April 23, 2012 / 5:18 AM

    i was just vacationing in paris, and while i found the women definitely wore sturdy shoes, and elegant ones at that, almost all of them were in heels. wedge ankle boots were particularly popular.

    you are dead on about all the neutrals, and, obviously, that well tailored clothing looks great on anyone and everyone, no matter your nationalist inspiration.

  4. April 14, 2012 / 4:41 PM

    I am in love with all of these outfits!! Love the jackets.

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