Marie Antoinette is the ultimate fashion-girl muse. There have been paintings made of her, books written about her, and she’s also been a popular subject on film—including Sofia Coppola’s pastel-hued Marie Antoinette movie shot at the palace of Versailles. In the movie, the queen’s love for fashion is well documented, and as I recently rewatched the film, it occurred to me that the pieces she’s wearing are not only still relevant but happen to line up with what we’re about to see for fall. Were all of next season’s biggest trends inspired by Marie Antoinette?
Hear us out. This fall, we’ve been seeing a return to luxe pieces like feathers, kitten heels finished in satin and embellishments, and opulent styles like ornate sleeves and bustier tops—and we can trace each of these back to items worn by the young queen. Ahead, we’re breaking down eight of the biggest trends for fall and how Marie Antoinette may have inspired them.
Keep reading to see how to tap into Marie Antoinette’s style this fall.
A square neckline and button finishes are hallmarks of Marie Antoinette's bustiers.
In Sofia Coppola's film, there's an entire scene dedicated to the queen's love for shoes. Try kitten heels in candy-colored shades with crystal or feather embellishments.
We've never seen more Marie Antoinette–inspired shoes.
One of the biggest trends we're seeing right now? Puffy statement sleeves.
Satin continues to be a huge trend. The luxe fabric is perfect as we move into the fall months.
Pretty much every runway for fall had feathers on it. We especially love shoes finished with cool feather details.
Pink might not be the first color you think of for fall, but we're about to see a lot of the statement shade.
Vintage-inspired florals are about to be everywhere. Think wallpaper-inspired patterns like you might find in the rooms of Versailles.
Replacing the corset belt this season: wide belts. Try wearing yours over a dress like Marie Antoinette for a waist-cinching effect.
Next, read about the trends French girls will be wearing in three months.