4 Anti-Trend Trouser Styles French Women Come Back to Every Winter

In my opinion, when it comes to fashion, the French do it best all year round. But, when you throw in the extra layers, additional fabric options and the variety of hem-length choices that we are afforded in winter—that's when you'll see them do their best work. In pursuit of building my dream winter capsule wardrobe, I've been paying close attention to how the French manage to move through the winter season in style, and I've picked up a few tips on the way. Keen to broaden my trouser arsenal, here I've focused in on the best French-endorsed trouser styles to shop this season.

From the perfect shade of winter denim to the "dated" trouser style that French women love, below I've rounded up the trousers that help to set French women's winter style apart from the rest. Read on to see what I've discovered and to shop the chicest French-inspired trouser looks below.



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Style Notes: Light grey tones are a trending colour this winter. In trouser form, they add a cool, fresh touch to any look. Styling well with most other colours, grey is the new-season shade I'll be wearing instead of black this winter.

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Style Notes: Forgoing bright, light washes, in the winter the French fashion set turn their attention towards darker denim. Pairing well with equally deep shades, these dark denim tones can be spotted throughout the streets of Paris when autumn turns to winter.

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Style Notes: For seasons past, France's most stylish have favoured corduroy trousers to keep them warm and looking chic throughout the winter months. For a retro and very French spin, style with a tweed blazer and a chunky knit. 

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Style Notes: The epitome of French-girl elegance, pinstripe trousers will help elevate any casual outfit. Style with colourful trainers or smart black boots depending on the occasion.

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Natalie Munro
News Writer

Natalie Munro is Who What Wear UK’s news writer. Having worked in the fashion industry since her time at university—where she obtained a BA in Journalism from University of the Arts London, Natalie's experience spans journalistic and styling roles. In the early stages of her career Natalie predominately worked on editorial shoots for fashion publications such as British Vogue, Vogue Ukraine, AnOther Magazine and Elle UK, before moving into journalism roles.

On completion of her degree she interned in the editorial team at British Vogue and later went on to freelance for the publication. Here, she developed her interest in reporting on the latest fashion news and trends. Inspired by the dynamic nature of the industry, Natalie went on to write for other lifestyle and fashion brands and publications before taking on the role as News Writer for Who What Wear.

With an interest in uncovering the latest fashion trends, Natalie takes a leading role in identifying news for Who What Wear UK. Focusing on trends on and off the runway, as well as street style and celebrity fashion, Natalie reports on a daily basis, ensuring that she remains ahead of the trends. Natalie also creates content for Who What Wear’s social channels including TikTok and Instagram on a weekly basis.