6 Classic Yet Fresh Outfits Everyone Is Wearing in Paris Right Now


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By now you may be familiar with my fondness for all things Parisian, so much so that I’ve ending up moving to Paris. Like most Francophiles, I’ve inherited a Parisian touch to my style, and recently I’ve clocked the smooth transition French women demonstrate with their outfit choices in winter. Although the French uniform feels rich with summer classics like barely-there slip dresses, French women’s style in the winter is particularly clever. They’ve mastered the ability to effortlessly adapt their nonchalant style when the brazen temperatures drop by crafting a collection of fundamental pieces that are interchangeable and timeless.

As dreamy as it may be, Paris is bitterly cold in the winter, so there’s an element of practicality when it comes to dressing for this season (not that it shows). Winter weather doesn’t stop stylishly clad Parisian women from dressing up in enviable ensembles though, and the typical Parisian wardrobe welcomes layers, chunky knits, extended hemlines, and neutral accessories. 

Many staple pieces constitute a Parisian winter wardrobe, from a classic camel coat to chunky knitwear and column dresses. Perhaps the most notable element of Parisian style, however, is how women continue to re-wear their staple pieces, year-round, give or take a few thermal layers.


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There’s also a juxtaposition of length, textures, and tones. You’ll find women donning miniskirts with knee-high boots, slingback pumps styled with tights and boxy blazers paired with miniature bags. Outerwear becomes more statement, whether it’s animal print, shearling jackets or sweeping overcoats. There’s a greater emphasis on accessories, too, from hair claws to oversized scarves and leather gloves. Parisian style makes a statement but is also delightfully pared back in equal measure, which adds to the ambiguous French allure that we’re all desperate to replicate.

Keep scrolling for six of my favourite winter outfits that everyone is wearing in Paris right now. Plus, all the info you need on how to make these ensembles easy to replicate with pieces you probably already own.

1. Knitted Maxi Dress + Statement Bag


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Style Notes: A knitted dress is a hardworking winter staple as it can be transitioned from day to night. Camille styles an open-back knit with a statement bag for a winter event. Add boots for a full evening look.

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2. Shearling Jacket + Leather Trousers + Ankle Boots


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Style Notes: Shearling comes around like clockwork every winter. Next to the down puffer coat, it’s the most insulated outerwear option. This styling perfectly demonstrates how chic winter pieces can be. From the matching brown tones to the tortoiseshell hair claw, this look is the perfect meshing of casual and smart.

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3. Trench Coat + Tailored Trousers + Chunky Loafers


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Style Notes: Trench coats were inherited by French women many moons ago and they continue to be worn throughout the winter with warm layers beneath. Like Amy, wear a tonal look head-to-toe by matching your outerwear to trousers.

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4. White T-Shirt + Straight-Leg Jeans + Brown Overcoat


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Style Notes: I applaud Sylvie's styling here. If like her you're unwilling to give up your pumps in this chill, layer your jeans with low-denier tights underneath to ensure added warmth. This indigo denim is characteristic of a Parisian uniform and the brown coat ties all of the tones together.

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5. Cable Knit Jumper + Mini Skirt + Knee-High Boots


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Style Notes: Just when we thought it was time to hang up our miniskirts, micro-minis have been dominating winter styling too. Paired with sheer tights, knee-high boots and a mini bag - it's a trend-lead piece integrated into a pared-back everday look.

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6. Two-Piece Suit + Ballet Flats


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Style Notes:  Miu Miu's Logo strap ballerina flat was the "it" shoe of spring 2023 and ballet flats are still going strong. I adore the juxtaposition of sleek shoes with androgynous looks like above. Whether it's the oversized blazer or tailored trousers, French women love pairing boxy looks with streamlined accessories.

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Avalon Afriyie is a freelance writer and storyteller based in London. She specialises in sustainable fashion, health and the narratives of marginalised communities. She has a background in fashion show production and styling, having previously worked on The Clothes Show and with the Lyst Group. Since graduating in 2013 with a BA (Hons) in English and contemporary media, she’s worked as a feature writer for an independent publication and a contributor for Quill’s creator network. She now marries her passion for words and style, writing for some of the most esteemed fashion and lifestyle publications, Who What Wear UK and Stylist. Avalon also provides copywriting services, creative consultancy, and visual media for independent businesses, including travel guides, interviews, press releases and blog posts. Her work has been featured on Lush, Contiki, Youswim and Ohne. She spends her days writing to her heart’s content for business and pleasure, shooting on film and dreaming of residing a stone’s throw away from the ocean with her love and a pup (clad in a sweeping frock, of course). She’s currently penning ideas for a book of personal essays and free verse poetry on love, life and the stages in between.