Apparently French Women Would Never Wear This One Print

A few weeks ago, my French friend messaged me after reading a story on Parisian style that included a leopard-print skirt by Réalisation. "Emma," she write, "I love your stories, but I'm sorry. French women would never wear leopard print. Not even Lou Doillon." Leopard print is one of the key trends for fall 2018, but is this a trend that the French crowd is destined to bypass?

After some googling, I discovered that Lou Doillon has, in fact, worn leopard print—favoring coats, blouses, and cardigans in the print. Brigitte Bardot had a soft spot for a leopard-print coat, it is a signature of Paris Vogue's former editor Carine Roitfeld, and Caroline Maigret has worn leopard blouses with jeans.

It seems French women will wear leopard print—just not the leopard denim, bold leopard dresses. and colorful leopard that's all over Topshop this month. The key is to keep the rest simple, pairing it with either head-to-toe black or jeans and a simple cardigan. "French women stick to only small touches, with a side of a bag or a hood of a coat, in leopard print. Otherwise, it's trashy," my Parisian friend tells me.