French girls have some things made easy for them, and if a perfect figure with unlimited croissant servings is a myth, mild winters with temperatures that rarely drop below -5°C is a fact. Our fashion-obsessed co-founder has already shared her views on essential elements of the Parisian wardrobe in our very first article ever published. This time it is about effortless winter styling inspired by our favourite street-style icons.
A staple for French girls, many of whom love to add a masculine touch to their outfit. To balance out this strict and simple coat cut, add feminine accessories and a comfortable heel. If you are going to pair a blazer coat with a skirt, make sure to follow the coat’s cut and opt for something that is straight versus a flowing material, which risks distorting the silhouette.
As the animal rights movement gains momentum, the younger generations demonstrate a fresh view on this traditionally luxury item of clothing. The first option is to go for a vintage piece, pre-loved by an elegant French Madame from the Left Bank (or so we like to think). The second option is a coat made from faux fur. To avoid a teddy bear look, play with different fabrics and textures. Short fur coats are great with jeans, long ones are an ideal companion to a long silk dress. The leopard print has made a big comeback recently and the daring Parisian would even pair it with red lips to make her fashion statement.
When selected well, this item will serve you a great number of years, as it is both versatile and timeless. Easily paired with various styles, the long coat can go from laid-back city sport to glammed-up city diva in just one change. A simple all-black option is the safest bet, but recently there has been many colour and pattern alternatives. Personal favourites: a checkered pattern or a nice red or beige colour. If you are very tall, avoid heels too high. Small girls, beware: pick lightweight, well-fitted models to avoid a swamped impression.
These can be varied, but few French girls actually bother with hats or gloves. If they do, simplicity is as always key – no complicated shapes nor superfluous decorations like pearls or crystals. Patterns can be fun to play with if the rest of your outfit is neutral.
P.S. Some brands, like Maje and Monoprix, are only available in France, but ASOS and other online retailers are sure to have great alternatives. Stay warm and enjoy the bliss of dressing up for cold weather.
Cover photo: Alina