Ugh, la rentrée, or that specific back-to-school feeling that systematically drives me toward my favorite e-shops as soon as August 15 has passed. I’ve come to realize that I’m a particularly good target for marketing. Every year, like clockwork, I get the same feeling that I have to renew myself before that back-to-school period. Since then, I’ve been awaiting the new fall trends to show themselves in stores and have begun to figure out that “new me” fall silhouette while still in my bathing suit.
So what’s up this year? Of course, my phone is already full of screenshots and wish lists of the pieces I plan on (or dream of) buying. I’m not sure it’s a French thing at all though—even if it’s a topic I like to talk about with my girlfriends while at the beach (“look at that coat,” or “I’m so getting these boots when I get back to Paris!”).
September is a specific time when it comes to trends. French women like to stick to their basics during the rest of the year, but it seems like this moment gives us an excuse to buy some trendier pieces. And generally, I noticed a bunch of my Parisian friends like to get new bags to give the “school year” a good kick. I’m not really a bag person, but every year at the end of August, I look at A.P.C. and Vanessa Steward just in case.
Even though I believe it’s time to give in to some trendier pieces, I don’t think getting it all is the best option. It’s not a fall rule per se, but it’s more of a general style rule for French women: Don’t follow the trends blindly, but keep it real, and base it on your own style.
Keep scrolling for my picks for fall.
These are so back-to-school–friendly. Shoes with a low heel are never out of style.
This classic style can be worn with any outfit.
French girls live in these.
The ruffle detail on these mules are sophisticated yet trendy.
PINK + RED
I love pink. I’m so glad it’s back and especially for fall (that shade looks great with a tan). To keep up with that Parisian vibe, a boyfriend coat is just perfect.
Wear this jacket over any outfit.
This is perfect to wear with your favorite jeans.
Dress it up with statement earrings.
Like pink, I think khaki is back this fall. I’d like to try wearing it on pants or in a more classical way, with a bomber (and yes, my love for Isabel Marant is real).
These pants are perfect with a simple tank and your favorite sandals.
Wear these with sneakers for a casual look.
A bomber jacket is essential to every wardrobe.
I come out of holidays usually with a few pounds, so I avoid buying jeans right away. But since I’m always on a quest for the perfect pair, I still tend to look at what’s new.
These jeans are flattering and stylish.
This wash can be dressed up or down.
Wear your favorite tee shirt with these jeans for a vintage feel.
These are the elaborate pairs I’ve been talking about. I’m sure they fit like a glove and would look amazing with a cropped pant.
These sleek boots are a fall must-have.
Patterned boots are great statement pieces and are easy to style.
This classic style is timeless.
Can’t go wrong with a pair of black booties.
This versatile bag is great for going to work or out on the weekends.
This bag will be your fall favorite.
The jewel detail on this bag stands out and upgrades any outfit.
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