5 Items Every French Woman Over 40 Owns

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Want to know one thing stylish French women over 40 have in common? Seriously fine-tuned wardrobes that can teach all of us some lessons about how to curate closets brimming with chic pieces. In fact, many of them have the same go-to items that are the building blocks of a cool Parisian wardrobe, or non-Parisian wardrobe for that matter.

I started to notice these similarities when looking through some photos. From glossy black jackets to perfectly tailored tweed jackets, there are plenty of French wardrobe staples that are always consistent. Go on to see the five pieces every stylish French woman over 40 owns, and then shop the pieces for yourself if you find their outfits as inspiring as I do.


Sleek and refined, black jackets with a glossy finish are plucked straight from the 1967 French film Belle de Jour.

Charlotte Gainsbourg

Alexachung Belted Vinyl Coat (£175)

Stutterheim Lund Opal Black (£310)

Tedbaker Tinnah Vinyl Trench (£325)

Kassl Editions Vinyl-Coated Wool Longline Coat (£880)


Another outerwear staple that's a must among French women? Oversized, boxy blazers that look like they could have been borrowed from the men's department.

Emmanuelle Alt

H&M Single-Breasted Jacket (£25)

Bottega Veneta Oversized Double-Breasted Grain De Poudre Blazer (£1945)

French Connection Amato Suiting Longline Blazer (£99)

M&S Collection Double Breasted Blazer (£55)


There may not be a more timeless or elegant shoe than the strappy heel—a style secret that French women over 40 are clued into.

Aïssa Maïga

Arket Mid-Heel Leather Strap Sandal (£150)

& Other Stories Leather Strappy Lace Up Heeled Sandals (£85)

Khaite Monza Suede Sandals (£670)

Bottega Veneta Stretch Square-Toe Leather Sandals (£655)


Perhaps one of the most recognisable pieces from French fashion is the tweed jacket. It instantly elevates a basic top and jeans, as is the case with outfits we've spotted on Vanessa Paradis.

Vanessa Paradis

Mango Pocket Tweed Jacket (£70)

L.K.Bennett Highbury Tweed Jacket, Midnight (£260)

Sandro Tweed Jacket With Denim Inserts (£419)

Msgm Double-Breasted Check Cotton-Blend Tweed Jacket (£660)


The French are known for their penchant for ankle boots, and the way these women style the footwear makes us think it's a practical necessity for city life.

Inès de la Fressange

& Other Stories Leather Heeled Ankle Boots (£120)

Bottega Veneta Glossed-Leather Ankle Boots (£940)

Mango Fur Leather Ankle Boots ($50)

Isabel Marant Lapee Metallic-Toecap Leather Ankle Boots (£935)

Next up, 10 Timeless Items Every French Woman Has in Her Wardrobe

This post was published at an earlier date and has been updated.

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