Something about the way French women dress will eternally have us green with envy. Perhaps it’s that they consistently manage to look timeless yet extremely forward. So as we eagerly jump into the long-awaited Paris Fashion Week, there is one thing we can expect to see for sure, and that is insanely gorgeous street style. It is common knowledge that French fashion depends on somewhat of a uniform, and street style in particular gravitates toward a few standout items—five, to be exact. With the handful of wardrobe staples we’ve identified ahead, ranging from statement outerwear to crisp cotton shirts, anyone anywhere will easily be able to re-create the French-girl aesthetic we all crave.
Whether it be a classic button-down, reworked shirt, or poplin creation, one item guaranteed to be found in the closets of Parisian girls—and those who emulate them around the world—is the crisp cotton top.
French women are never without an eye-catching outerwear piece, ranging from sweeping trenches to brightly colored coats. If channeling Parisian style is your goal, start by investing in a coat that will make a statement no matter where you are.
Accessories can make or break a look. French women often use their favorites to enhance an otherwise classic, well-tailored ensemble of trousers and a coat. When your accessories are as lively as the ones above, you can get away with a more subdued outfit.
If you thought wearing stripes in Paris was a cliché, you thought wrong. French women love a good multicolored tee or sweater, as it adds a punchy element to an overall look—something a plain white T-shirt cannot achieve.
Tailoring is the key to an expensive-looking outfit. Regardless of the price you paid for any given item, clean and structured tailoring on blazers and trousers alike will have you looking as chic as the French girls in no time.