June 4, 2023

Who wants to dress like the French? That’s everyone then. Although we’re adamant that part of their innate power to always look incredible is down to the items they wear, it’s also down to how they wear them. Backing basics for decades—from the Breton tee and trench coat to oversized blazers—the women in France know how to put pieces together. And this, friends, is how we can learn to copy their style credentials. 

There’s a certain way French women always wear jeans, and lately, it seems to be with the ever-versatile shacket that’s been loved for many seasons now. And when it comes to knitwear, the French girls are making a case for cardigans (and knit vests) over supersize-collar shirts. Proving that basics needn’t be boring, these are the three outfit formulas French women rely on to look put-together, with minimal effort needed. 


Sara Flaaen Licius wearing trench coat and striped top

Style Notes: Monochrome for the win. Najma sticks to basics in every element of her outfit, and it works. Yep, the checked jacket is sticking around for yet another season. 

H&M Felted Shirt Jacket
Felted Shirt Jacket

Wear this over a cream roll-neck knit. 

Isabel Marant Étoile Harveli Checked Flannel Jacket
Isabel Marant Étoile
Harveli Checked Flannel Jacket

So cosy. 

Albaray Wide Leg Jeans
Wide Leg Jeans

These are 100% organic cotton. 

7 for All Mankind Straight Leg Jeans
7 for All Mankind
Straight Leg Jeans

Aïda approves of the slim straight leg. 

Next up, How French Girls Are Wearing Flared Jeans