French Fashion People Wear This Pattern Best—5 Outfit Ideas on My Mood Board


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It’s hard to argue that any group of fashion people dress more elegantly than the French. Tailored staples, classic silhouettes, and effortless styling seem innate to their everyday aesthetic. Although this elevated minimalism usually doesn’t feature playful patterns, there is one traditional print that the French do best: stripes. 

This nautical stripe has almost become synonymous with sophistication. To emulate this European elegance I have chosen five outfits to incorporate simple stripes in an effortlessly French way. Below you’ll find the chicest striped pieces on the market accompanied by sophisticated sidekick items to add to your capsule closet.

Miniskirt + Sneakers


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Playing off of the striped top with the Adidas’ stripe is very fun styling. Break it up with a monochromatic miniskirt and throw on a bright bag.

Parachute Pants + Belt Bag


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For a brighter option, choose to pull out the neon stripe in your accessories. Keep the bottom neutral to balance the brightness.

Trench coat + Bowling Bag


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Striped pants are definitely a statement, so styling them with other neutral pieces keeps it effortless. A white trench coat is unexpected yet chic and the trendy bowling bag finishes off the ensemble.

Trousers + Basket Bag


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Wide-leg trousers are very Parisian chic. Opt for a classic belt, shoes, and glasses, and then add a fun picnic basket bag.

Blazer + Jeans


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To keep it very straightforward, layer a black-and-white striped top under a well-cut black blazer. Make it casual with dark denim and a practical black bag.

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Freelance Fashion and Accessories Editor

Copelyn is a freelance fashion and accessory editor. She formerly worked for Who What Wear as an associate shopping editor and is based in New York City. She writes about fashion and accessory trends in addition to creating original content. Before her time at Who What Wear, Copelyn was at Bustle Digital Group, working on the accessory market for cover shoots and fashion features across Nylon, The Zoe Report, Bustle, Romper, and Elite Daily. Copelyn also previously worked at InStyle and Cosmopolitan in the fashion and accessory departments on shopping and fashion market. Copelyn has a journalism degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In her spare time, Copelyn freelances in graphic and web design in the fashion-and-lifestyle space. She also loves to upcycle clothing and home décor as well as collect an embarrassing number of colorful sneakers and experiment with her hair color.