I'm Obsessed With This French-Girl Staple—These Are My Favorite Under-$100 Picks


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French women and classic style go hand in hand, and if you're a regular WWW reader, you'll know just how often we turning to our French fashion friends for inspiration. Well, surprise, surprise—we're back once again to tap into their style, this time focusing on their affinity for a good cardigan and, of course, share our favorites on the market right now.

Versatile, chic, and easy to wear, we're pretty certain they've graduated from being a trend to a legitimate wardrobe staple. I, for one, can't stop shopping for them and since fall is top of mind, I figured now is as good a time as ever to drop a fresh batch of outfit ideas from my favorite cardigan-wearing French women. Ahead, you'll find a number of fresh ways to wear the staple knit (with jeans and skirts alike) and peruse all the affordable cardigans currently in my cart. 


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Give your knit a '90s spin when you wear it with a miniskirt and shoulder bag.


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A cropped cardigan with high-rise denim is the pairing French women always go back to because it just works.


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Depending on the season, swap in different shoes and accessories.


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Column skirts are on the rise for fall and clearly cropped cardigans play well with them.


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The pointelle stitching adds something so charming.


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Take a cue from Aïda's outfit above and tuck in a chunkier knit to a pair of high-waisted jeans. 


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Instead of wearing it button-up, try throwing it on open over a tank.


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One more cropped cardigan and jeans formula because it just doesn't get any more classic than this.


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Up next, the anti-jean outfits that French girls are wearing.

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

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Anna is an editor on the fashion team at Who What Wear and has been at the company for over five years, having begun her career in the Los Angeles office before relocating to New York, where she's currently based. Having always been passionate about pursuing a career in fashion, she built up her experience interning at the likes of Michael Kors, A.L.C., and College Fashionista before joining the team as a post-graduate assistant editor. Anna has penned a number of interviews with Who What Wear's cover stars over the years, including A-listers Megan Fox, Issa Rae, and Emma Chamberlain. She's earned a reputation for scouting new and emerging brands from across the globe and championing them to our audience of millions. While fashion is her main wheelhouse, Anna led the launch of WWW Travels last year, a new lifestyle vertical that highlights all things travel through a fashion-person lens. She is passionate about shopping vintage, whether it be at a favorite local outpost or an on-the-road discovery, and has amassed a wardrobe full of unique finds. When she's not writing, you can find her shooting street imagery on her film camera, attempting to learn a fourth or fifth language, or planning her next trip across the globe.