I Don't Live in Paris, But These Chic Under-$100 Finds Make Me Feel Like I Do



If you read my stories regularly, you'll know I'm a French woman at heart. I've always dreamed of living in Paris ever since I fell in love with the French language and culture back in high school. I'd jump on the Eurostar (from London where I was living) and visit the city regularly, always coming back home with a stack of L'Officiel magazines and a charming find from one of the many vintage stores I frequented. I eventually landed in the City of Angels rather than the City of Lights, but I'm still drawn to the Parisian way of life, especially when it comes to their style. I always favor the nonchalant, effortlessly chic outfit formulas that embody the French-girl aesthetic.

If you love French style as much as I do, I'm sharing some of my favorite effortlessly chic pieces I found, from chic trench coats to ballet flats and slip dresses, that will make you feel like you live in Paris through the simple act of wearing them! Keep scrolling below to get the look—without spending a fortune. In fact, all my picks are under $100. Bon shopping!



A chic, relaxed blazer is a French-girl essential.

Guaranteed, you'll find one in every French woman's wardrobe.

Nothing pulls a look together quite like a classic black belt.

Style with high-waisted jeans, a belt, and boots for a chic day-to-night look.

French women love their Levi's.

When the temps rise, go for an easy floral dress in a simple silhouette.

You'll spot vintage-inspired denim shorts all over the fashion set come summer.

Parisians love their relaxed tailored trousers.



You can't go wrong with a black lace slip dress.

An easy way to lean into the French-girl look.

Simply add a white baby tee and black accessories.

No one does chic knit tops quite like the French.

A stylish trench for under $100? Sign me up.

Style with sneakers and heels alike.

No one will believe they're from Amazon.

Perfect for going au marché.



The styling possibilities are endless.

Oh, those delicate spaghetti straps.

The French fashion set has jumped on the soccer-sneaker trend too.



French women love a vibrant pop of red.

Style the red top with this cool denim miniskirt.

Heeled Mary Janes feel very spring 2023.

A cardigan top to add to your elevated basics.