The 11-Piece Capsule Wardrobe Parisians Rely On in Spring

Continuing my eternal quest to dress more French-like, I’ve set my sights—as I know many of you have, too—on spring. Spring is very much on my mind right now as brighter mornings and sunny-weather plans start to seep into my calendar and the promise of warm, easter days begin to come into view.

This year, I want to make sure I’m prepared for the seasonal switch, and naturally, I’ve turned my attention to ascertaining which pieces form a French woman's spring capsule wardrobe. For this, I’ve taken a close look at the sartorial habits of some of my favourite French women, deep-diving into their respective feeds to see what they wear when spring rolls around, and it didn’t take long for some patterns to emerge.

Now, I’m confident that the French woman’s spring capsule wardrobe can be encapsulated (and indeed replicated) in just 11 items—some of which I’m pretty sure you’ll already own, with a couple of stylish curveballs thrown in for good measure. Scroll on to see them and to begin assembling your own Français-inspired spring outfits.

1. Trench Coats


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Style Notes: We all know trench coats are an integral part of the British uniform, but French women have adopted them as their own too, even in the winter. French women wear them with everything from co-ords (more on those later) to straight-leg jeans (also more on those later).

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2. Textured Cardigans


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Style Notes: Cardigans are integral to how French women get dressed. If you follow their rules, the chunkier the better, and always go cropped.

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3. Throw-on Co-ords


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Style Notes: French women tend to not overthink their outfits, which is why the idea of co-ords proves so appealing. I intend on capitalising on the co-ord trend this spring for maximum styling ease.

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4. Relaxed Shirts


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Style Notes: Nothing has the power to make an outfit look pulled together quite like a shirt, and lots of French influencers tend to like theirs relaxed. No need to size up; I’ve found perfectly cut shirts that tap into this aesthetic as they are.

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5. Leather Midi Skirts


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Style Notes: French women love to wear leather skirts throughout the year and for 2024, the hemlines have extended. Wear with tights and boots now and Mary Janes when the weather warms.

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6. Black Bags


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Style Notes: It might sound cliché, but I have to believe some clichés exist for a reason. And that is certainly the case when it comes to French women and their penchant for small black bags, which peaks in the spring months thanks to their practicality and versatility.

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7. Slouched Blazers


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Style Notes: No French woman's wardrobe is complete without a men's style blazer and this style is particularly popular in the spring months. Paired with slim-fit trousers or matching tailoring - there is no better pairing.

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8. Straight-Leg Jeans


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Style Notes: It's straight-leg jeans season all year round for French women. Straight-leg jeans are incredibly chic, especially when paired with ankle boots tucked underneath.

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9. Loafers


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Style Notes: As advocates of the classics, it's no surprise that French fashion often people turn to this timeless shoe. During winter, loafers can be spotted paired with socks and peeking out under trousers, whilst spring calls for Gallic girls to switch out for jeans or a skirt.

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10. Tailored Trousers


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Style Notes: I've studied French style for years and smart tailored trousers are a constant in a French woman's wardrobe. Whether styled casually with a t-shirt or elevated for evening, they're guaranteed to pull a look together.

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11. Tweed Jackets


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Style Notes: French women have a knack for styling their tweed and bouclé jackets in fresh new ways, which always seem to come to fruition in spring when the need for heavy outerwear isn’t so pressing.

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This story was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated.

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’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.