We talk a lot about French style. But it’s understandable when French women appear to dress so well. With Instagram, we’ve been able to see easily the kinds of outfits that these women go back to over and over. So why wouldn’t we take a moment to do a deep dive into the timeless French outfits we always spot? Think of this as your ultimate guide to French dressing and the outfits French women love.
Below, I’ve found eight classic ensembles that I always spot. Whether it’s a pretty summer dress paired with a canvas tote or a pair of jeans, a white tee and a blazer, there are just some outfits that French women will never stop wearing. Keep scrolling for everything you need to know.
1. Summer Dress + Canvas Tote
Style Notes: It might be autumn and getting colder by the day, but don't dismiss this important French outfit. Always pair it with a chic canvas tote.
Reformation Sienne Floral-Print Midi Dress (£220)
Staud Tommy Canvas Shoulder Bag (£260)
2. Cropped Cardigan + Blue Jeans + Sandals
Style Notes: One of my personal favourites, this look requires you to ensure you do one thing to nail it: Tuck in your knit to your jeans.
Mango Openwork Knit Top (£30)
& Other Stories Favourite Cut Jeans (£65)
Corto Moltedo C Evening Woven Bag (£582)
& Other Stories Strappy Leather Heeled Sandal (£85)
3. Breton + Skirt
Style Notes: The Breton is of course a French classic. It might seem a little cliché, but the striped top or jumper never fails to look chic. Add to a long skirt or jeans for the full French look.
Saint James Minquiers Unisex Striped Sailor Shirt (£59)
Mango Flared Long Skirt (£30)
Neous Delphinus Small Leather Shoulder Bag (£475)
4. Double Denim
Style Notes: A perhaps surprising contender, double denim is absolutely a timeless French outfit. Look to styles from Isabel Marant to ensure it's as cool as possible.
Stella McCartney Galaxy Hooded Organic Denim Jacket (£1450)
Isabel Marant Nadeloisa High-Rise Denim Tapered-Leg Trousers (£365)
5. Tweed Jacket + Leggings + White Tee
Style Notes: The tweed Chanel-style jacket is an absolute must. Take a tip from Camille Charrière, and pair it with split-hem leggings and mules.
Maje Sequinned Tweed Jacket (£299)
Sweaty Betty Boxy T-Shirt (£35)
Mango Slit Hem Leggings (£20)
Aquazzura Twist 75mm Mules (£535)
Chanel Grained Shiny Calfskin & Gold-Tone Metal (£5890)
6. The LBD
Style Notes: You don't need much to make an LBD look great. Just add sunglasses and a pair of oversized gold earrings.
Rag & Bone Ribbed-Knit Midi Dress (£410)
Versace Eyewear Medusa Medallion Cat-Eye Sunglasses (£187)
Missoma Medium Chubby Hoop Earrings (£98)
7. Blazer + White Tee + Jeans
Style Notes: The everyday French outfit has to be a plain white T-shirt under a blazer with jeans.
& Other Stories Oversized Wool Blazer (£165)
Arket Heavy-Weight T-Shirt (£35)
L'Agence High-Rise Oriana Straight Jeans (£285)
8. White Blouse + Blue Jeans
Style Notes: Ever since Jane Birkin wore her iteration of this look, we've been hooked and have seen practically every French influencer wearing this outfit.
Mango Cropped Cotton Blouse (£30)
Mango 100% Cotton Mom Jeans (£36)
Nodaleto Bulla Babies Patent-Leather Mary Jane Pumps (£640)
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