6 New Trends French Girls Deem Essential for 2023

We often talk about how the French aesthetic is heavily built on wardrobe classics, never-date pieces that make getting dressed a simplified process. While this applies to many a French dresser, I have noticed that, for 2023, a series of bolder French fashion trends are coming through. 

Witnessed on the streets of Paris this month, French women seem to be tapping into a slew of runway trends this season. From the It jacket that cropped up at Dion Lee and Chloé to the skirt style with deep '90s minimalist roots, Gallic girls are interpreting the latest trends in their own unique ways, styling them with more pared-back piecing and giving the rest of us major outfit inspiration in the process. 

So which 2023 trends are French women prioritising right now? Scroll on; I'll show you. 

1. Moto Jackets


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Style Notes: If you're in the market for a new jacket, moto jackets are where it's at. The style appeared on too many runways to keep track of for 2023, and French super-influencer Camille Charrière has already been wearing hers on repeat. The beauty of this trend is that it's quite easily thriftable—I was in my local vintage fashion shop at the weekend, and there were tonnes—but for convenience's sake, you can always rely on Zara. 

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2. Cargo Trousers


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Style Notes: Many of you may have already invested in a pair of cargo trousers, and you can rest assured that they're still very much a thing this year. French women have been gravitating towards more tailored and refined styles of late, so if you're looking to buy into the trend now, that's the approach I'd take. 

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3. Denim Midi Skirts


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Style Notes: Let it be known that 2023 is going to be the year of the skirt, specifically the denim skirt. Maxi and mini styles took over the runways, but midis provide—excuse the pun—a happy middle ground. I find them most appealing, as in my mind, they work best with all of the core shoe styles: trainers, knee-high boots, heels or slingbacks. 

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4. Cream Jumper Dresses


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Style Notes: While it might not be the "trendiest" item on our list, it would have been remiss of me not to mention the cream knitted dress, which appears in the recent Instagram outfits of just about every French fashion influencer I follow. Coincidence? When it looks this chic, I think not. 

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5. Velvet Mary Janes


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Style Notes: French women might love their ballet flats and loafers, but I'd argue the flat-shoe style they're most enamoured with is the Mary Jane. Although we're still far off from the warmer days of spring, I'm seeing more and more people forgo leather iterations in favour of velvet. Sure, it might not be the most practical footwear choice you could make right now, but I'd argue it's the prettiest. 

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6. Neutral Baseball Caps


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Style Notes: It's a common stereotype that French women teeter around in heels and Chanel tweed suits all the time, but let me tell you they do casualwear just as well! Case in point: Aïda, who tops off her low-key jeans-and-cardigan outfit with a neutral baseball cap, an item that's circulating more and more in Paris. 

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Maxine Eggenberger
Deputy Editor

Maxine Eggenberger is Who What Wear UK’s deputy editor and has over thirteen years of experience in fashion journalism. She been creating engaging and elevated style content specifically for Who What Wear UK since 2018, covering runway reports, emerging trends, long-form features, self-styled shopping stories and columns, including her edit of the best new-in buys. She ensures the highest editorial standards are met across the site, leads the editorial team in their SEO strategy and keyword planning, works closely with the beauty team on content initiatives, represents the brand at industry events, and regularly contributes to social media, including her own Who What Wear UK TikTok franchise, French Style Fridays. Previously, Maxine appeared on ITV's This Morning in her own fashion segment and has interviewed countless celebrities—everyone from Victoria Beckham to Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o.

Prior to Who What Wear UK, Maxine’s career began when, after completing her first-ever internship at Look magazine, she was offered a position on the brand's fashion desk. She accepted, leaving university a year early in the process. Her passion and natural talent for writing and styling meant she swiftly rose through the ranks to become the title's fashion news and commercial content editor, with a stint as InStyle.co.uk’s fashion and beauty writer along the way. She later served as Look’s acting Editor in Chief, overseeing both print and digital, before embarking on a successful freelance career, working with Grazia, The Pool, and Marie Claire amongst others.

Maxine is based remotely from her countryside home near Edinburgh where she spends her downtime renovating her house, walking her dogs, hosting friends and trying to master the art of making Old Fashioned cocktails.