I’m approaching the four-month mark of living in Paris (dare I say it, am I Parisian?) and between brushing up on my French and embodying a Flâneur, I’ve been paying attention to the fashion forecasts and the elements that truly constitute French fashion. Currently, we’re in the thick of winter. The chill has firmly settled and while this city has my heart regardless, the cold is something I’m less fond of and dressing for it can present a challenge.
I like my attire to feel inspired regardless of the seasons and no one strikes the balance of looking uniform in easy-to-pull steps quite like French women. From September onwards, French women’s style becomes attuned to the cold, though it still boasts the same effortless appeal. I’ve bore witness to the seasons change and how French women adapt their clothing choices to the weather. As we’re well aware, French women’s style has become a much coveted aesthetic and one of the most aspirational aspects is the pared-back temperament of it. Winter calls for a pared-back essence that all women emulate with proficiency and through my observations I’ve deduced just how simple the styling elements are – from co-ords to “one fell swoop” outfits like a maxi dress. The aforementioned pieces become the winter equivalent of tea and slip dresses.
Many of this year’s trends are uniform pieces that are preexisting in French women’s arsenals. Straight-leg jeans, column skirting and cropped knitwear is my most observed style. French fashion is the cornerstone of my style and I love gleaning tips from the French women I know both in real life and online. While they all have their way of interpreting French style, they all have one thing in common: simplicity. You may be surprised to find you own many of these pieces, so keep reading for inspiration on how to put the simplest of pieces together, the French way.