Want to know one thing stylish French women over 40 have in common? Seriously fine-tuned wardrobes that can teach all of us some lessons about how to curate closets brimming with chic pieces. In fact, many of them have the same go-to items that are the building blocks of a cool Parisian wardrobe, or non-Parisian wardrobe for that matter.
I started to notice these similarities when looking through some photos. It occurred to me that, ah yes, the endlessly stylish Charlotte Gainsbourg and Catherine Deneuve both own glossy black jackets. My observations continued when I spotted both Carla Bruni and Vanessa Paradis in perfectly tailored tweed jackets. And it doesn’t end there. Go on to see the six pieces every stylish French woman over 40 owns, and then shop the pieces for yourself if you find their outfits as inspiring as I do.
Sleek and refined, black jackets with a glossy finish are plucked straight from the 1967 French film Belle de Jour. It's no surprise, then, that iconic actress Catherine Deneuve is still wearing the piece, as well as her contemporaries.
Perhaps one of the most recognizable pieces from French fashion is the tweed jacket. It instantly elevates a basic top and jeans, as is the case with outfits we've spotted on Carla Bruni and Vanessa Paradis.