French Women Style Their Chicest Fall Looks With This One Key Basic


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The fashion people in Paris are often go-to sources for fresh outfit inspiration. After all, many in this set have perfectly mastered the art of je ne sais quoi. Well, after scrolling through the Instagram feeds of some of our favorite French women, it became quickly apparent that many of the standout fall looks happen to feature one key basic. Yep, we're talking about a simple sweater that's strategically tied around the shoulders.

We've also been seeing sweaters tied around the waist for an of-the-moment feel. Similarly, the around-the-shoulders look brings a directional, layered feel to a look. Below you'll uncover a few styling references that showcase this easy yet elevated silhouette. If you're in the mood for a little fall shopping, there are also inspired product recommendations for all of the ensembles in question. 


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leather jacket teamed with knee-high boots is a chic pairing. The neutral sweater around the shoulders takes the look to the next level.


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An oversize white shirt teamed with straight-leg jeans is no-fail combo. The chunky knit on top brings another forward twist.


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For a high-concept look, consider a longline coat and neutral separates (sweater included).


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This is another sleek outfit with the camel coat and knit. The loafers are also a lovely choice.


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The contrast here with the cream knit against the darker jacket is gorgeous.

Next, check out more outfit ideas from French women.

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Bobby Schuessler is a fashion editor with over a decade of editorial experience covering shopping, style, and beauty. He's spent over seven years at Who What Wear, currently leading the market team to deliver highly covetable and convertible content. He creates data-driven shopping guides featuring top retailers like Nordstrom, Shopbop, and Net-a-Porter and is at the forefront of Who What Wear's shopping tentpole strategies, including Amazon Prime Day. He also works on branded content initiatives and appears on camera in video and shopping livestream franchises. He has also worked across a variety of other media brands and fashion retailers like Refinery29, PureWow, Men's Health, and Gilt covering commerce, trend reporting, women's and men's fashion, home, and lifestyle.