This wouldn’t be a fashion blog if I didn’t explore the classic “French-girl style.” In this article, I want to show you what the French girl staples are. You will also learn why and how these staples became so popular.
What is the French-girl style?
The Gallic girls have a personal style that I admire for three reasons: it’s simple, minimal, and timeless.
They invest money on basics that they can trust to look perfect time after time. They love a minimal design that is never too basic. They know what looks good on them and are not afraid of being outfit repeaters. French ladies don’t rely on trends to tell them how to dress. Instead, they adopt only the ones that fit their personal style. You won’t see them wearing flashy logos and crazy sophisticated styles just because they’re trendy.
How can you achieve the French-girl look?
To achieve the French-girl look you need to avoid getting caught up in the latest trends. You need to save your money so that you can invest in timeless pieces and adhere to the Five Piece French Wardrobe, which will help you resist temptation. This means you can buy as many essential staples as you need, but never buy more than five trendy or statement pieces per fashion season.
You will need to re-use your mother’s clothes and will have to go vintage shopping. You’ll have to learn how to get the best quality at the best price, and how to choose fabrics and cuts that fit your personal style.
If you’d like to learn how to discover your personal style, download my free capsule wardrobe here below so that you can better plan your purchases.
Now that you’ve had a crash course on the French-girl style, I can show you what staples you need to have in your closet to achieve that Parisian-girl look.
After doing a lot of research over the last few years, looking at the style differences between French, Scandinavian and British women, visiting cities all over France making mental notes, obsessing over style, cinema and music icons like Francoise Hardy, Brigitte Bardot, and Jane Birkin, and new French style influencers like Jeanne Damas and Adenorah, I was able to create my 15-Piece Ethical Fashion Capsule (with inclusive options).
Yes, inclusive because effortless style is only effortless for some I understand. In real life, this is sometimes a question of privilege. I want to give my readers a real try at being simple. With plus size options too, because I want effortless jeans to be for everyone. I will link a plus size ethical brand guide from a fellow blogger at the end of this article.
15-piece Ethical Fashion French-Girl Style Capsule
- Breton top
- Knitwear: 1 & 2
- Slip skirt
- Vintage-inspired dress (you can find real vintage dresses at thrift shops, but if you want new, check this dress section from Reformation, wow)
- Elegant swimsuit
- Belted jacket (Mine is vintage, you’ll find easily at second-hand shops)
- Understated set of jewelry
- Comfortable bra (I also have this bra in rose nude and black, read review here)
- Straw tote
- Low heels: 1,2 or 3 (included different options for every style)
- Sandals (These sandals are so confortable, perfect summer staple)
Now you know the secrets of how to achieve the French-girl style:
- Invest in expensive basics.
- Have quality occasion wear.
- Get timeless clothing that can be worn by mother and daughter.
- Complement a sexy dress with simple make-up and hairstyle.
- Define your waist.
- Invest in simple clothes (without logos on them please).
Extra tip: Get a beret in fall if you feel that style vibe.
Parisian-girl foolproof outfit formula: t-shirt, jeans, ankle books and a jacket
If you can’t find any of these articles in your size, check this article from Alden Wicker about a roundup she did of 15 sustainable brands with plus-sized clothing. Eileen Fisher and Hackwith are my favorites from this list.
The French-girl aesthetic has been around for ages because of its timeless component and it will never go out of style because it’s the epitome of fashion. As an ethical fashion blogger who loves slow fashion, my style can relate. I’m always on the lookout for staples that last long, are high quality and sustainable and I always get inspired by the French fashion crew. Don’t be afraid to invest in the staples I showcased, or something similar, because they will be in your closet forever, and the French-girl style will be passed on from generation to generation. And don’t forget to download my free capsule wardrobe. Enter your info below and get it via email to discover your personal style and plan your closet detox and new purchases.
What is your favorite French-girl style staple?