9 Comfortable Winter Outfits French Girls Always Fall Back On

French women certainly know how to dress up, but if there's a type of outfit they really excel at putting together, it's a comfortable one. And since winter is in full swing, let's talk about cold-weather looks that Parisian women love to wear. As far as winter weather in Paris goes, I'd compare it to the U.S.'s Northeast (but perhaps just a touch milder). All in all, there are plenty of opportunities to wear winter outfits.

The hallmarks of a French-girl winter outfit are that it includes chic outerwear and isn't constricting. The shoes (usually boots or sneakers) are walkable, and the accessories are cozy. Based on the following outfits, the French really understand the importance of layering in the winter, and they prioritize comfort more than being trendy. The classic outfits French women are known for apply in winter too.

Keep scrolling for nine excellent examples of the comfortable winter outfits French women rely on and shop key pieces to re-create them yourself.


Faux-Fur Coat + White Tee + Maxi Skirt
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Puffer + Beanie + Sweater + Loose Jeans
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Shearling Jacket + Baggy Jeans + Sneakers
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Leather Jacket + Sweater + Scarf + Cargo Pants
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Oversize Coat + Straight-Leg Jeans + Basic Ankle Boots
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Tweed Blazer + Turtleneck + Jeans + Boots
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Peacoat + Sweater + Leggings + Boots
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Oversize Sweater + Jeans + Mary Janes
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Oversize Coat + Neutral Scarf + Jeans + Ankle Boots
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Allyson Payer
Senior Editor

Allyson is a senior editor for Who What Wear. She joined the company in 2014 as co-founder Katherine Power's executive assistant and over the years has written hundreds of stories for Who What Wear. Prior to her career in fashion, Allyson worked in the entertainment industry at companies such as Sony Pictures Television. Allyson is now based in Raleigh, North Carolina, and is originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She holds a BFA in theater. Her path to fashion may not have been linear, but based on the number of fashion magazines she collected as a child and young adult, it was meant to be.