The 7-Piece French Fall Wardrobe

After living in Paris once myself, I’m personally invested in French style and make it a habit to stay up to date with what is happening in its fashion scene. I’ve logged hours scrolling through countless street style photographs and Instagram images and chatting with French women to pinpoint what, exactly, makes them so stylish. But it turns out that Parisian style isn’t so hard to master after all. After committing a generous amount of time studying their looks, I’ve noticed some undeniable trends among French women.

Right now, I’m applying those insights to fall style. When it comes down to it, there are some very real commonalities among their outfits for the season. Want to know the key items in the French-girl fall capsule wardrobe? Ahead I’m breaking how to tap into their style and shopping out the seven essential pieces you need to get French-girl style for fall.

Basics for Layering

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@inesmelia

Stock up on basics like tissue-thin turtlenecks that are perfect for layering. They make an easy outfit look pulled together but also work well when you add on coats and jackets.

Straight-Leg Jeans

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@parysatis

French girls tend to skip skinny jeans. Instead, they wear straight-leg styles all year long.

A Blazer

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@adenorah

Another year-round staple? Blazers. Look for wool or checked versions in neutral colors.

A Leather Jacket

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@lifeofboheme

A sleek leather jacket is another great layering piece during transitional times of the season.

A Wool Coat

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@claire_most

If a blazer won’t cut it, a wool duster coat is a great way to stay warm and stylish.

A Faux-Fur Coat

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@eleonoretoulin

Once the temps really start to dip, add a faux-fur coat into the mix. There are great options online, but French women also tend to look for styles in vintage stores.

A Luxe Bag

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@sabinasocol

Make sure to upgrade your bag with luxe textures like velvet or satin.