If you read my stories regularly, you'll know that I'm a French woman at heart. Aside from my adoration for French movies, food, and culture, I'm also a huge fan of their effortlessly chic style. I'll always favor the nonchalant yet polished outfit formulas that embody the French-girl aesthetic we talk about so often here at Who What Wear.
Fall is unquestionably one of my favorite seasons for French fashion—the chic trench coats, the cute cardigans, the cozy layers. The outfit formulas always look cool. As many of our favorite fashion people prove, it doesn't really require much more than a few elevated basics to achieve that chic and refined French fall look. Below, I'm sharing eight fall staples stylish Parisians rely on heavily throughout fall that are easy to mix and match within your everyday outfits. Keep scrolling to take a look.
No French fall wardrobe is complete without a classic trench coat. It adds a touch of elegance to every outfit.
Relaxed Knit Sweater
An easy sweater in a relaxed silhouette is a French fall wardrobe staple. Opt for a neutral, versatile hue that you can pair with everything from miniskirts to tailored trousers.
Ballet Flats & Mary Janes
Classic ballet flats and preppy Mary Janes remain a fashion-forward favorite among the French fashion set—styled with everything from straight-leg jeans to dresses.
A year-round staple, crisp button-downs in relaxed silhouettes are an integral part of fall dressing in France. Go for a blue, striped, or white hue that embodies the effortlessly chic French aesthetic.
Cute, fitted cardigans that double as tops are a chic and easy way to ease into the fall season. Style them with a pair of low-rise pants for a fashion-forward look.
Once the temps start to cool, French women opt for chic knitted dresses in neutral hues—in mini, midi, and maxi silhouettes—which they style with boots and flats alike.
There are plenty of denim trends that come and go, but vintage-inspired straight-leg jeans are a forever favorite among the French fashion set and can be styled with literally everything in your closet.
Nothing beats a classic blazer to elevate a look. Opt for one in black, navy, beige, or herringbone.
Judith is the senior fashion market editor at Who What Wear and has worked in fashion for nearly a decade. Judith started on the Shop Who What Wear team, creating content and managing a team of merchandisers for the Who What Wear shopping app. She later crossed over to the editorial team, where she shares the coolest, most desirable fashion market finds and brands in her shopping-focused stories and social takeovers. She has become one of the top affiliate earners during her six plus years at Who What Wear. Before working in fashion, Judith was a TV host on the PBS travel show Globe Trekker (airing on Netflix and Amazon Prime) and shared her passion for travel and food. She studied at the prestigious London Academy of Dramatic Arts as well as Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York. She later studied fashion merchandising and design, which laid the foundation for her career in fashion.
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