This French-Girl Outfit Formula Never Fails to Make Me Look Chic in Winter

I rack up a lot of miles on the pants odometer in winter. Jeans, in particular, are the go-to piece I rely on daily to keep me warm and looking cool. But after the umpteenth time wearing them, jean fatigue is unquestionably setting in. Luckily, the fashionable French set has kept any signs of sartorial boredom at bay. After studying in depth how French girls stay impeccably chic even through the most frigid winter months, there’s one particular French-girl outfit formula I’ve been stealing in lieu of my tiresome pants outfits: a skirt, tights, and boots, which is the secret sauce to an elevated-looking winter look. I recommend sticking to knee-high boots and pairing them with a mini or midi skirt. Then, just add some sheer or thick tights. Trust me—the simple and stylish combination always works.

If you need more proof, below I’m sharing plenty of chic skirt, tights, and boots outfits I’ve spotted on some of my favorite French influencers. Simple yet elevated, these are guaranteed to inspire your next cold-weather ensemble.



An ivory wool miniskirt suit looks all the chicer when paired with contrasting thick black tights and croc-effect knee-high boots. This look will keep you warm and seriously stylish.

Elevate a chunky cable-knit sweater by pairing it with a miniskirt, sheer tights, and leather knee-high boots.



For a polished look, opt for a sleek midi skirt paired with tall leather boots and tights. Style with a blazer to finish the look.

Contrast a mini hemline with a longline coat for a winter look French girls love.



A vintage midi skirt looks all the cooler when paired with worn-in tan boots and an oversize leather jacket.



Polka-dot sheer tights add interest to an all black look. Cool, flat riding boots are the perfect finishing touch.



A pop of color never goes amiss with this trusty French-girl outfit formula. Try a stripe knit midi skirt with your tights and knee-high boots and accessorize with a bold, colorful handbag.


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The perfect combination of casual yet polished, a relaxed black sweatshirt paired with a black mini, sheer tights, and flat lug-sole boots is an outfit formula that always works.