I'm French—Here's Everything I Just Added to My Closet

When she’s not working as a journalist and social influencer, It girl Sabina Socol also shares her fashion expertise in our French Girl column. Come back each month for her perspective on Parisian style.

As the season shifts, new trends organically stand out. When it comes to dressing according to trends (or rather not as far as Parisians are concerned), I find that turning to accessories is the best option. Over time, this little trick has always allowed me to stay myself and not give in to trends too much in one season while inserting a little fun in my looks. With that in mind, here are a few accessories I’ve noticed while wandering the streets of Paris.

Everything '90s

I’m not sure the following trend is a big thing in Paris (although I’ve seen similar nylon Prada bags on the shoulder of some cool It girls here and there), but it sure is one for me! The other day, I was wearing a full vintage outfit that consisted of a Michael Kors denim miniskirt, a silky tank, and this little pink dream bag. When I checked myself in the mirror, I realized that this outfit reminded me so much of Ally McBeal.

This filled me with joy. Why you might ask? Because the ’90s and early ’00s make me happy. It brings me back to my teenage self, when I used to dream of this kind of accessory and admire pop culture feminine landmarks like Ally McBeal, who was confident, had a career, and style.

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Mathieu Vilasco

Knee-High Boots

This is one of the first trends that come to my mind for accessories this fall. They’re simply everywhere! They actually make me realize how much I love the back and forth of fashion trends because I remember wearing similar boots more or less 10 years ago, over slim jeans (raise your hands if you did that, too!).

This fall though, I’d push the trend a little further and rather than simply wearing them over jeans (even if I love this come back), I’d combine them with a miniskirt or even a midi one, with a trench, for a ’70s-inspired silhouette. The ones I’m wearing are from a shoe collaboration I did with the French brand Jonak and are coming out October 25. In the meantime, here are some options that are already available.

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Mathieu Vilasco

Chunky Gold Jewelry

Huge jewelry was never really a thing in Paris, as I noticed that French women usually tend to go toward fine everyday pieces. But this season, chunky statement jewelry has made its appearance. Is it part of the 2000s vibe that’s making it’s come back? Probably.

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Mathieu Vilasco

I love how it started with the shell necklaces and bracelets last summer, and now it’s made its way toward J.Lo-inspired pieces such as large hoops.

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Mathieu Vilasco

Vanity Bags

For those who are scared by the 2000s comeback, little vanity bags might be a more wearable option on an everyday basis. But on a more serious note, even if the mini bag trend isn’t really new, I’ve noticed an appearance of these more geometric, sophisticated versions. Here are some picks!

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Mathieu Vilasco

Transition Heels

Fall is the perfect time of year to take your transition heels out of the closet—when it’s too cold to wear your next-to-nothing sandals and too hot for boots. It’s the perfect weather for large chunky sandals, mules, and high heeled babies.

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Mathieu Vilasco