How to Style the One Staple French Girls Can't Live Without

Along with striped boater tops and trench coats, one of the staples of Parisian-girl style is the tweed jacket. Coco Chanel first ushered in the classic piece in 1954, and it’s been a hallmark of French fashion ever since.

But just because it’s polished and ladylike doesn’t mean it can’t be cool. In fact, it’s an essential wardrobe staple, and all of our favorite French girls have at least one in their closet. The trick to keeping it chic is all in the styling. The most modern way to wear one is pairing it with a T-shirt and jeans or with an edgy leather miniskirt.

Even though it’s been around for over 60 years, current styles are anything but boring—they can be cropped or boxy, trimmed in leather, or even styled like a biker jacket. Scroll down to shop some of our favorite styles from The Kooples, Alexander Wang, Erdem, and more!

SHOP TWEED JACKETS

Pair this jacket with a leather miniskirt.

Great tailoring is key for a polished look.

This biker version is a modern spin on the tweed jacket.

Next up: more tips for mastering French-girl style to tap into their je ne sais quoi.