How 9 French Women Stay Looking Très Chic Throughout Winter

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We all want to keep the chicness levels of our outfits high, even when the temperatures are low, but the journey to fashion nirvana in the winter months is anything but easy. No one wants to look like the Michelin Man, even if they are in a white puffer coat. This, however, is why we’ve sought a little guidance from some women who know what they’re talking about when it comes to cold-weather styling.

They might reside slightly closer to the equator than we do, but the French also experience severe cold snaps in the winter months. At least, those in the northern regions do. So what do French-girl winter outfits look like?

We’ve scouted 10 stylish looks from nine of our favourite French influencers, each of which we’d happily re-create for ourselves this winter. Scroll on to see a selection of the French girl winter outfits we rate, from the knitted staple no Gallic girl is ever without to the layering techniques that we can’t wait to try.

1. KEEP A CARDIGAN HANDY

Style Notes: French women wear cardigans on a daily basis, opting for the thickest they can find in the winter months. We also find they like tucking them into their trousers—a nifty trick for keeping your body heat in.

Shop the look:

Sézane Mia Jumper (£110)

Thomas Sabo Circles Earrings (£149)

Gap High Rise Vintage Slim Cords With Washwell (£55)

2. TOASTY ACCESSORIES ARE YOUR FRIEND

Style Notes: Okay, Andi’s knitted dress might not keep her warm in the depths of winter (at least, not without a coat), but the inclusion of a woollen beret and a pair of cosy knee-high boots in her ensembles will serve her well long into the season.

Shop the look:

John Lewis & Partners Wool Beret (£16)

Ganni Square-Neck Ribbed-Knit Midi Dress (£195)

Monki Knee Boots (£60)

3. SHEARLING LINING IS A MUST

Style Notes: Although we talk a lot about French fashion staples, we’ve been remiss in not mentioning the shearling-lined suede jacket, which makes an appearance in more French wardrobes than you might initially think. As it’s chic and practical, we really shouldn’t be surprised.

Shop the look:

Nili Lotan Toby Suede and Shearling Jacket (£3005)

Abercrombie & Fitch 90s Ultra High Rise Straight Jeans (£72)

BY FAR Sofia Ankle Boots (£405)

4. BE CLEVER WITH YOUR LAYERS

Style Notes: When it comes to layering, French girls are in the big leagues. Just look at Anne-Victoire; she’s bringing her A game with this double-knitwear look. In fact, her skirt is also knitted. Bravo.

Shop the look:

Marks and Spencer Merino Wool Collared Cardigan With Cashmere (£59)

H&M Polo-Neck Knit (£13)

Zara Ribbed Midi Skirt (£15)

5. IF IN DOUBT, OPT FOR AN ALL-IN-ONE

Style Notes: Like dresses, jumpsuits and boiler suits present a chic all-in-one look that takes next-to-no effort on your part to assemble. Plus, they’re super warm to wear. As for footwear and accessories, Dominique’s got it covered with her chunky combat boots and edgy cat-eye sunnies. What? Winter sun is just as deserving of a pair of designer sunglasses as the summer sun.

Shop the look:

Saint Laurent Mica Cateye Sunglasses (£230)

Lucy & Yak Eddie Boilersuit (£70)

Nasty Gal Cleated Chunky Biker Boots (£33)

6. WEAR LOOSE COATS OVER EVERYTHING

Style Notes: French women love oversized, tailored coats, and they wear them over everything for a cosy extra layer. Contrary to what you might think on paper, this checked suit actually looks sleeker with the addition of this camel coat.

Shop the look:

Totême Camel Belted Wool Coat (£800)

Ted Baker Peaked Lapel Check Blazer (£325)

Ted Baker High Waisted Slim Flare Checked Trouser (£175)

7. BARE LEGS AREN’T ENTIRELY OFF THE AGENDA

Style Notes: Just because it’s winter, it doesn’t mean you still can’t have bare legs well into the season. Ensure the rest of your look features classic winter staples, such as a wool coat, a chunky knit, and boots, and you’ll be surprised at how your overall body temperature equals out.

Shop the look:

Monki Double-Breasted Coat (£65)

Reiss Miley Cream V-Neck Jumper (£148)

Gucci Horsebit High-Rise Leather Mini Skirt (£1400)

8. NEITHER ARE MINIDRESSES

Style Notes: Continuing on from above, there’s no need to banish your minidresses, either, particularly if they’re knitted like Sabina’s. Just add a pair of tights. FYI, patterned hosiery is trending this season, so have fun with this look.

Shop the look:

River Island Pink Chunky Cable Knit Dress (£45)

Anderson's Textured Leather Belt (£110)

Heist The Lady Garden Tights (£26)

9. A BLAZER-AND-JUMPER COMBINATION NEVER FAILS

Style Notes: It’s an age-old dressing dilemma: choosing between wearing a coat with a thin knit or a jacket with a thicker knit. Right now, Léna is tempting us with the latter. A weighty checked blazer with a Breton-stripe sweater underneath? J’adore!

Shop the look:

Zara Wool Blend Blazer With Elbow Patches (£80)

Reformation Cashmere Boyfriend Sweater (£150)

Hollister High-Rise Kick-Flare Jeans (£42)

10. AND FINALLY, A HIGH-PERFORMING LOOK WE JUST LOVE

Style Notes: The eagle-eyed readers amongst you will have noticed we’ve already featured an Amy look in our edit, but this one is too good not to share. A rainbow knit mightn’t be the first thing that crops into your mind at the mention of French fashion, but that’s why it’s important not to subscribe to stereotypes. With flares and tan boots, this ensemble is up there with the best of the French-girl winter outfits.

Shop the look:

Rose Carmine Orange Lurex-Trim Cardigan (£585)

Frame Le High Flare Light Blue Jeans (£265)

Iris & Ink Tan Chloé Leather Ankle Boots (£155)

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