The 6 Items French Girls Wear to Stay Warm and Still Look Cool

French Outfit Black Coat and Pants



Les Francaises have a knack for making everything look as easy as un, deux, trois. From their no-makeup makeup to the breathy way they draw out their ouis, French women seem to have being effortless cornered. This is particularly true in winter, when looking cute can feel like a Herculean task. Even at subzero temperatures, French women move about unbothered, which felt novel to this Californian; the last thing I feel like doing when it's cold and gray out is putting together a look. 

But the French have it down to a science! This is partly due to how they shop. French women typically invest in a few good pieces per season, favoring timeless pieces over au courant trends. A well-cut coat. Sticking to long-lasting durable fabrics that drape well. After my first winter in Paris, I picked up a few tips to make cold-weather dressing more fun—as well as a shearling coat and pair of camel riding boots that I still own today (after all, practice makes perfect.) 

Follow along, and we'll meet at the intersection of cozy and chic.

A Full-Length Coat

As temperatures drop, so do hemlines. An oversize boxy-cut coat works equally well over a casual daytime outfit as it would over something dressier.

An elevated look at an easy-on-your-wallet price point. It's a win-win.

Made from premium recycled wool, this is a purchase you can feel good about.

If you're on the petite side, finding an overcoat that won't swallow you can be tough. Luckily this Topshop one doesn't require any alterations.

No French roundup is complete without mentioning Isabel Marant. If you like making a statement with your outerwear, why not give this plaid print a whirl?



Layering Tees

Much like a mille-feuille, French women know that winter dressing is all about layers. Slipping on a long-sleeve tee or two underneath your coat makes it easy to adapt once you're indoors. 

This cotton micro rib is warm enough on its own but thin enough to double layer. 

Unbelievably comfortable. Style this mock-neck under a V-neck sweater. 



An Elegant Pair of Gloves

Gloves aren't just functional. They also offer hands (often-neglected but much-needed) UV protection. Plus, they keep your digits clean in public spaces. 

These cafe au lait–colored gloves would look beautiful peeking out from under a camel overcoat.

The fur accents give this pair some extra pizzazz. 

The suede on these look extra sleek.

These gloves are tech friendly and lined with cashmere for extra warmth.



Knee-High Boots

Knee-high boots always make me think of '60s silver-screen vixens like Brigitte Bardot. Very French.

Retro-inspired design paired with glossy patent leather make these a must buy.

As you can see, these dreamy chocolate boots pair well with a printed dress.

Wool Pants

A great pair or two of wool pants will take you a long way in winter. Dressing up? Throw on a stacked-heel boot and cashmere sweater. Going for a stroll? A turtleneck and sneakers will do the trick.

You can't go wrong with a tapered leg and mid-rise waist.

These sailor-inspired pants would look really cute paired with the & Other Stories navy coat above.

Available in XXXS to 3X sizing, these pants are sorta like the jeans in the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.




French women never sacrifice style for practicality. A sweaterdress looks dressed up without feeling fussy.