January 30, 2023

I can trace my obsession with French style all the way back to the first time I watched Beauty and the Beast. Belle might have been bored with her provincial life, but I certainly wasn’t. I begged my aunt to let me cut the hem of an old blue bridesmaid dress that resembled Belle’s dress, asked my mum to style my hair in a bow every morning and insisted upon carrying a basket with me wherever I went.

Today, I still find myself trying to emulate the look of French women, albeit with less taffeta. I trawl through vintage photographs of Paris, looking at the outfits French women have worn in the past, and I have an entire archive dedicated to saved images of the ensembles my favourite French influencers wear.

French Fashion Essentials: @tamaramory wears a pair of flared jeans with a black blazer and Breton stripe tee

Style Notes: No one embraces the miniskirt quite like French women do. While they wear them with heels when the occasion calls for it, you’re much more likely to spot them wearing miniskirts with chunky boots and jumpers or T-shirts. 

Shop miniskirts:
& Other Stories Scalloped Leather Mini Skirt
& Other Stories
Scalloped Leather Mini Skirt

French women love wearing suede textures, so this miniskirt is a failsafe option. 

Wardrobe.NYC Mini Denim Skirt
Mini Denim Skirt

A denim mini is always a good idea. Wear this deep-indigo style with a colour-pop shirt. 

Karen Millen Corduroy A-Line Mini Skirt
Karen Millen
Corduroy A-Line Mini Skirt

Another fabric French women wear regularly? Corduroy. 

Next Up: 47 of the Coolest French Fashion Brands Everyone Should Know

This piece was published at an earlier date and has since been updated.