It’s natural, as we edge closer to the warmer months, that our minds gravitate towards dresses. Although they’re a year-round staple in the wardrobes of many, there’s nothing quite as satisfying as slipping into your favourite dress without the need for tights or a chunky jumper thrown over the top once the warm weather settles in. Having been treated to a few bright days over the last fortnight, I have found myself daydreaming about the dresses I’ll wear this year, be it for weddings or to elevate my daily wares.
Whenever I fancy treating myself to something new or require a fresh dose of fashion inspiration, there is a selection of women I turn to, and the fact they’re all French or reside in France is no coincidence. If you’re familiar with my byline (for better or worse, my name is pretty easy to remember), you’ll know that I am an avid fan of the French aesthetic. I was eager to find out which dress trends French women actually wear come spring to inform my own springtime frock selection.
After hours of research, I can confidently say eight dress trends get the overall French-girl stamp of approval. From the print that Gallic girls always come back to to the shapes and silhouettes they prefer, scroll on to see the dress trends French women subscribe to each spring.
1. BLACK SUNDRESSES
Style Notes: Normal People’s Marianne might have worn a black cotton midi dress on her Italian vacation, but the staple feels at home on the streets of Paris, with its fashionable residents leaning into the pared-back aesthetic of the piece.
2. LONG-SLEEVE MINIS
Style Notes: Although I don’t subscribe to the outdated rule that you should only show one bare body part at a time (this is 2022, after all), there is something very chic about minidresses with long sleeves—something French women are familiar with, as they wear them a lot.
Style Notes: French fashion its all about the details, so it’s little wonder that shirring is popular amongst Gallic girls. There’s something so charming about the technique that nods to provincial life, and I find it impossible to resist.
Style Notes: Knitted dresses are considered to be a winter style staple, but with a climate that’s somewhat similar to ours (unless they reside in the South of France, that is), French women continue to wear them throughout the warmer months too. For spring and beyond, consider investing in a sleeveless style.
8. TEA DRESSES
Style Notes: Tea dresses are a piece that French women always have in their outfit rotations. Worn with knee-high boots in autumn and sandals or espadrilles in spring, this is perhaps the chicest and most versatile throw-on dress you can own.