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A French Girl’s Guide to Your AW17 Wardrobe

A French Girl’s Guide to Your AW17 Wardrobe
Georgia Leitch
Shopping Editor6 years ago
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Bardot, Birkin, Bruni… It’s widely accepted that French women have the strongest style the world over. Bed hair, no-makeup-makeup and that air of je-ne-sais-quoi, we make the unattainable attainable with our French girl’s guide to your autumn/winter wardrobe.


The Striped Tee

A genuine mariniere has exactly twenty stripes on both the front and back. Each stripe is ten millimetres in width and is separated by a twenty-millimetre band. Originating in the French Navy, it wasn’t until la fameuse Coco Chanel took inspiration from the Breton uniform that the style became a civilian staple.

Worn by the likes of Pablo Picasso, Audrey Tautou and Alexa Chung the mariniere is an iconic piece of French fashion. Eternally en-vogue, the striped top has been a staple for both men and women for over a century. Worn with classic denim or a signature cigarette trouser, there’s no doubt that you’ll get your wear out of this wardrobe essential.


The Statement Knit

“I have a passion for sweaters. Besides jeans, they are the clothes I have the most of in my closet. I must have a hundred!” says Jeanne Damas. The statement knit is a chic and practical way to update your wardrobe, whether you opt for oversized, all over wool, or bold patterns. Relax your attitude towards styling, there’s no need to overdo this look.

Again, jeans will be your best friend or why not try a knitted dress? Jeanne says “They’re so super comfortable, warm and sexy, With flat cuissardes—knee-high boots—it’s a very ’60s look.”


The Classic Denim

Always quality over quantity when it comes to denim. Finding that perfect pair of jeans may take time and beaucoup d’euros but it will all be worth it. "Sometimes it takes a while to hunt down your perfect fit pair of high-rise denim, but once you find your match, there will be no keeping you two apart. It’s the ultimate cool-girl staple, as it screams effortless chic no matter what you style it with." says Camille Charriere of Camille Over the Rainbow.

Investing is the key; take time to research your size, fit and brand and whatever you do, you must not follow trends. Stick to a classic style that will stand the test of time. A straight leg, high waisted style will look oh-so-chic with a white shirt, mariniere or statement knit.


The Outfit Maker

Handbags, hats, scarves and watches, no outfit is complete without those final touches. As with all French styling, don’t take too long and never over-accessorise. Stick to two wardrobe classics, a chic watch and quality handbag will stand the test of time and can truly make or break your look.


The Winter Warmer

The French girl’s guide to snow-chic starts with the right coat. Step away from the heavy woollen number and think practicality – lightweight, weatherproof, and full of pockets. A French girl will truly splash the cash when it comes to outerwear; there’s nothing less attractive that someone shivering in a flimsy jacket.

Know your environment – Are you a commuter? Will you be running up and down escalators all day? Or will you be running around a rainy city all afternoon? You will never not get wear out of a well-chosen piece so choose wisely.



There’s a reason why black is always in style; it’s chic, effortless and looks good on everyone. Dress your little black dress with barely their makeup and whatever you do, don’t brush your hair. Only wear heels that you can walk in and throw a blazer over your shoulders for an undone effect.

Georgia Leitch
Shopping Editor
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A fan of maximalist fashion and all things fluffy, you can find me layering prints or looking for new earrings. A disco queen at heart, if I'm not dancing around the house to 70s soul, I'm counting my flares.