French Style – How You Can Achieve the Look!

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If you’ve ever admired the effortless elegance of French style, you’re not alone. Fashion trends come and go, but the French woman seems to always look polished. Their ‘je ne sais quoi’ style captivates us. Just how do they manage to put together outfits that exude confidence and refinement?

This article will let you in on their secrets so that you too can exude the French style look. The good news is that it isn’t complicated. But there is an art to it. Read on to learn their basic fashion principles. A bonus: the French style of dressing lends itself very well to assembling a travel wardrobe. For your European adventure perhaps?

So, grab your café au lait, and let’s embark on this stylish journey!

French Style Tip #1 – The Art of Simplicity

Less is More One of the core principles of Parisian style is simplicity. Parisian women are masters at creating a polished and refined look with minimal effort.

Embrace the less-is-more approach by investing in quality basics, such as a well-tailored blazer, a classic white shirt, and a perfectly fitted pair of jeans.

Blazer shown is a Hdieso Women’s Solid Color Casual Long Sleeve Lapel Button Blazer Jacket

Hdieso Womens Casual Long Sleeve Blazer Jacket Hdieso Womens Casual Long Sleeve Blazer Jacket
$54.99
  • Long, elegant lapels
  • Four button detailing
  • Lightweight
  • Fully lined
  • Soft feel and comfortable to wear
  • See the many available colors this classic jacket comes in
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Build your wardrobe around versatile pieces that can be mixed and matched effortlessly, creating numerous outfits with that desired French style. All it takes is just a few key items pur together strategically.

French Style Tip #2 – Quality Over Quantity

Parisian women value quality over quantity. When curating your travel wardrobe, focus on investing in timeless, well-made pieces that will stand the test of time. Fashion blogger Sezane discusses her 10 Classic French Wardrobe Essentials in this video.

If your closet is bursting with a huge wardrobe, you might like to take a tip from the Parisian women and keep it to a few high quality pieces. Opt for fabrics like silk, cashmere, and linen that not only feel luxurious but also drape beautifully on your body. This is definitely one of the secrets of French style. Wearing fabrics that feel luxurious can’t help but boost your confidence!

In her latest trip to Paris,Sezane found that there was a certain formula that French women followed. They often wore dark blue blue jeans with no intentional rips, holes and tatters.

The jeans were invariably topped with a jacket in a neutral color, usually black. She saw a lot of moto jackets. If the weather was a bit cool the women would wear a classic trench coat at varying lengths. These were usually tan in color. The  moto jackets they wore were almost always black.

Under their jackets, they often wore a classic white shirt or blouse.

MIROL Women’s Cap Sleeve Silk Satin Top with V Neck Satin Blouse in white is one of those basics you can wear tucked into jeans, under a jacket, or belted over a skirt.

MIROL Women's Cap Sleeve V Neck Satin Blouse
$21.99


  • Solid Elegant Loose Fit
  • Design:cap sleeve satin blouse
  • V-neck to show off necklace
  • Flowy, elegant look
  • Lightweight, soft polyester.material with sheen
  • Comfortable to wear
  • Wine color shown but many other beautiful colors available
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Quality pieces will not only elevate your look but also ensure that your wardrobe lasts longer, making it a sustainable and smart choice.

French Style Tip #3 – Make Friends With A Tailor

No Parisian outfit is complete without the perfect fit. Tailoring is the secret weapon of Parisian women, as they understand the power of well-fitted clothing.

Seek out a good tailor who can make alterations to your garments, ensuring that they flatter your body shape and create a streamlined silhouette. From taking in a dress to hemming pants, tailoring will transform your outfits and give you that impeccable Parisian allure.

French Style Tip #4 – Embrace the Capsule Wardrobe Concept

For your European travels, adopting a capsule wardrobe will make packing a breeze. A capsule wardrobe consists of a curated collection of essential items that can be mixed and matched to create numerous outfits.

Stick to a color palette that suits you and choose pieces that can be layered, allowing for versatility and adaptation to different climates.

By selecting key pieces that work harmoniously together, you’ll have a travel wardrobe that is both stylish and functional.

French Style Tip #5 – Rock the Neutrals

Play with Neutral Tones and Classic Prints Parisian women have an affinity for neutral tones, such as black, white, navy, and beige. These hues form the foundation of their wardrobe, creating a canvas for stylish accessorizing.

Add pops of color through accessories like scarves or statement jewelry.

Additionally, embrace classic prints like stripes and polka dots, as they are quintessentially Parisian and can effortlessly elevate any outfit.

French Style Tip #6 – Accessorize with Care

Accessories are the cherry on top of a Parisian-inspired ensemble. Keep your accessories refined and understated. Opt for simple and delicate gold or silver jewelry, a classic leather handbag, and a stylish pair of sunglasses. A silk scarf tied around your neck or draped over your shoulders can add a touch of elegance to any outfit. Choose accessories that speak to your personal style while maintaining a sense of simplicity.

Simple But Elegant Jewelry

Amazon Collection 18k Yellow Gold Plated Pendant Necklace
$123.50
  • STYLE: Pendant necklace featuring an intricate openwork filigree mandala design with marquise cut blue topaz and diamond accents
  • MATERIAL: Crafted in sterling silver; 18K yellow gold plating added to enhance design and appearance
  • DETAILS: 18" box chain with spring ring clasp;
  • Blue topaz (December birthstone) is the model shown (click image to see others)
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Chantel Yorke 14K Gold Necklaces for Women Trendy Love Knot Infinity Necklace Pendant Necklace for Women Diamond Necklace (Gold)
$89.007
  • Infinity Design: Signifies everlasting love - and is therefore appropriate for mothers, daughters and lovers.
  • 14k gold necklace
  • Cubic Zirconia: Adds extra sparkle as they catch the light
  • Care Instructions:To restore the shine of your 14k gold necklace, wipe gently. Remember to remove before engaging in activities such as swimming, exercise, or cleaning to protect their finish
  • Versatile: Whether you're going for a casual day look or a glamorous night out, this pendant necklace for women is your go-to accessory for an instant style upgrade.
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Amazon Collection 3 Diamond Sterling Silver Pendant Necklace
$236.607
  • STYLE: This timeless 1/4 cttw sterling silver pendant design 10.4 mm in width and 22.5mm in length showcases three larger round Diamonds surrounded by miracle plates, which emphasizes the stones' size
  • MATERIAL: Round White Diamond,IJ,I2-I3,0.25 Carats. Carat weight is the total carat weight for all stones.
  • DETAILS: 18" rolo chain with lobster claw clasp
  • CARE: Plated with anti-tarnish coating; store in a cool, dry place in its own container or compartment; limit exposure to extreme temperatures, perfume, and household cleaning products


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HESHE Crossbody Bag in Genuine Leather
$89.99
  • Multi-Pockets Vintage Ladies Small Shoulder Satchel Bag (Brown)
  • High quality vegetable tanned leather, soft, durable and lightweight
  • 3 Exterior Zippers: 2 front zipper pockets and 1 back zipper pocket for easy access to your documents
  • Interior pocket: A main zippered pocket, plus a cell phone pocket plus a small zipper pocket.
  • High quality Tarnish hardware
  • Reinforced bronze interior polyester lining.
  • Removable and adjustable long shoulder strap:27.55---51.18inches.for cross-body. effect and hands free ability
  • Size: 10.53(L)*8.58(H)*4.09(W)in
  • Weight is 1.23pounds. Please allow 0.3”-0.9” in size error due to manual measurement.
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Don’t Forget Stylish Sunglasses!

Madison Avenue 2 Pack Classic Vintage Sunglasses
$17.99
  • UV400 Protection Lenses protect against harvul UVA, UVB and UVC rays
  • 2 pairs women's sunglasses package includes glasses pouch and quality cleaning cloth.
  • Stylish frame is lightweight with a shiny finish and solid metal hinge
  • Product Dimensions:- Lens Width: 60mm( 2.36 inches) | Lens Height: 46 mm( 1.81inches) | Temple Length: 130mm( 5.12 inches) | Nose Bridge: 16mm( 0.63 inches).
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Add a Dash of Color, Pattern and Style With a Designer Scarf

Women's Long Charmeuse Silk Scarf Classic Art Print Women's Long Charmeuse Silk Scarf Classic Art Print
$29.99
  • Size: 63" x 17"
  • Made with high quality heavy charmeuse silk
  • Smooth touch and feel with hand-rolled hem
  • See all art designs based on classic paintings by Van Gogh, Monet and Klimt
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ANDANTINO 100% Pure Mulberry Silk Scarf ANDANTINO 100% Pure Mulberry Silk Scarf
$30.99
  •  43" Large Square
  • Lightweight Shawl Scarf
  • Leopard Print-Pink & many other designs
  • Versatile uses - can be fashioned into an elegant top, for example
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Yangtze Store Women's Long Charmeuse Silk Scarf Classic Art Print (Turquoise) Yangtze Store Women's Long Charmeuse Silk Scarf Classic Art Print (Turquoise)
$18.5638
  • Size: 63" x 17"
  • Designs of these beautiful scarves are based on paintings by Van Gogh, Monet and Klimt
  • Made with high quality heavy charmeuse silk
  • Smooth touch and feel with hand-rolled hem


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French Style Tip #7 – It’s All In The Mix

Effortless Elegance: Mastering Casual Chic Parisian women are renowned for their ability to achieve casual chic effortlessly. Achieve this coveted look by incorporating a mix of casual and polished pieces. Pair your favorite jeans with a tailored blazer, or wear a relaxed maxi dress with a leather jacket and ankle boots. Remember, it’s all about striking a balance between comfort and sophistication.

SUMMARY

By adopting the principles of Parisian style, you can effortlessly exude sophistication and elegance while traveling through Europe.

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Susan Cooper

I'm a "woman of a certain age" who loves to travel, preferably in style! There's something exciting about exploring new places, meeting fellow travelers, and experiencing local cuisine. But I also really enjoy relaxing at a cafe. And it's always fun to absorb a little culture and history along the way!


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