What is it about French women and jeans? They always get it right. I have my own theory about why they manage to nail it constantly when it comes to denim: They don't invest in fads or passing trends and only pick the styles that will have longevity in their wardrobes. And if it ticks a current trend off too? C'est fantastique. While I've lived in the country, I, sadly, don't possess the style know-how of the French woman. To understand just how they get it right when choosing jeans, I turned to Morgane Sézalory, founder of label Sézane, on which style Parisians are after right now.
According to Sezalory, the biggest denim trend for French women is actually no trend at all. As I mentioned above, my theory is that the trick to finding jeans commes les Françaises is to not look at trends, and she confirms this: "I'd say instead of falling for the latest fashion trend, French women prefer their collection of trustworthy essentials. A good pair of jeans is one of them. I can't speak for all women, but I think this year French women will be reaching for timeless styles which outlive trends."
However, I wanted to know if French women wanted to get on the skinny-jean bandwagon, as we've seen them come back around again. "The perfect slim jean is a wardrobe essential that flatters most body types," says Sezalory. "And French women really love an effortless style! The style tends to have a perfectly balanced stretch and soft material which acts as a second skin." So that's good news, then, if you're a skinny-jean fan.
Finally, if in doubt, opt for darker denim, as Sezalory says this will go with everything and "fits every season." Got all that? Keep scrolling for our pick of the jeans we know French women will invest in this season and way beyond.
SHOP FRENCH WOMEN–APPROVED JEANS
Sézane The Brut Sexy Eco-Friendly (£95)
Slvrlake Beatnik High-Rise Slim-Leg Jeans (£280)
Magda Butrym High-Rise Slim-Leg Jeans (£295)
Citizens of Humanity + Net Sustain Emerson Cropped Distressed Organic Mid-Rise Straight-Leg Jeans (£280)
Goldsign The Cropped A High-Rise Straight-Leg Jeans (£158)
Agolde + Net Sustain '90s Organic High-Rise Straight-Leg Jeans (£230)
Mango Mom-Fit Jeans (£36)
Mango High Waist Straight Jeans ($50)
Topshop Straight Leg Jeans in Mid Wash (£40)
& Other Stories Favourite Cut Cropped (£65)
Arket Regular Cropped Jeans (£59)
Arket Curved Cropped Jeans (£59)
Totême Mid-Rise Straight-Leg Jeans (£200)
A.P.C. Sailor Straight-Leg Jeans (£190)
Frame Le Italien Straight-Leg Jeans (£345)
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This piece was published at an earlier date and has been updated.
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