Just the word ‘French’ conjures up thoughts of a stylish lifestyle; baguettes tucked under arms, gamine Parisian women in cropped pants and ballet flats, art galleries with endless, inspiring halls and of course, colourful and delectable choices at la patisserie on every corner.
The notion of the ‘French Wardrobe’ is even more covetable, thanks to the universally known fact that French women are ever and effortlessly chic. So what is their style secret? Less is more. Each season, savvy French women are known to opt for a carefully curated selection of pieces to last them through the months ahead.
The focus is not on what’s ‘on trend’ or currently a must-have, but rather quality of fabric, well-tailored cuts and how easily each item will work with their current wardrobe. The trick is to keep your palette simple, French women are known to favour camel, grey, navy, black and white. Fabrications like silk, cashmere, 100% cotton & wool are also seen as worthy of investment. A perfectly fitting striped T-shirt is also a key piece.
To anchor this fuss-free approach, French women keep their beauty looks simple, opting to wear minimal make up whilst paying key attention to their skin and hair care routines.
To curate your own wardrobe worthy of a Parisian local, start with the foundations; a great fitting pair of skinny blue jeans, a boyfriend style Cashmere sweater, a wear-anywhere tote bag and of course, a modern little black dress. A white shirt and navy coat are also great forever buys to give your look that French panache.