Continuing my eternal quest to dress more French-like, I’ve set my sights—as I know many of you have, too—on spring. Spring is very much on my mind right now as brighter mornings and sunny-weather plans start to seep into my calendar and the promise of warm, easter days begin to come into view.
This year, I want to make sure I’m prepared for the seasonal switch, and naturally, I’ve turned my attention to ascertaining which pieces form a French girl’s spring capsule wardrobe. For this, I’ve taken a close look at the sartorial habits of some of my favourite French women, deep-diving into their respective feeds to see what they wear when spring rolls around, and it didn’t take long for some patterns to emerge.
Now, I’m confident that the French woman’s spring capsule wardrobe can be encapsulated (and indeed replicated) in just 11 items—some of which I’m pretty sure you’ll already own, with a couple of stylish curveballs thrown in for good measure. Scroll on to see them and to begin assembling your own Français-inspired spring outfits.
1. Trench Coats
Style Notes: We all know trench coats are an integral part of the British uniform, but French women have adopted them as their own too, even in the winter. French women wear them with everything from co-ords (more on those later) to straight-leg jeans (also more on those later).
2. Textured Cardigans
Style Notes: Cardigans are integral to how French women get dressed. If you follow their rules, the chunkier the better, and always go cropped.
A classic piece you can wear from summer through to winter. Pair it with straight-leg jeans for a head-to-toe Parisian look.
3. Throw-on Co-ords
Style Notes: French women tend to not overthink their outfits, which is why the idea of co-ords proves so appealing. I intend on capitalising on the co-ord trend this spring for maximum styling ease.
4. Oversized Shirts
Style Notes: Nothing has the power to make an outfit look pulled together quite like a shirt, and lots of French influencers tend to like theirs oversized. No need to size up; I’ve found perfectly cut shirts that tap into this aesthetic as they are.
5. Leather Midi Skirts
Style Notes: French women love to wear leather skirts throughout the year and for 2023, the hemlines have extended. Wear with Mary Janes now, or tights and boots in the colder months.
6. Black Bags
Style Notes: It might sound cliché, but I have to believe some clichés exist for a reason. And that is certainly the case when it comes to French women and their penchant for small black bags, which peaks in the spring months thanks to their practicality and versatility.
7. Oversized Blazers
Style Notes: No French woman's wardrobe is complete without an oversized men's style blazer and this style is particularly popular in the spring months. Paired with slim-fit trousers or matching tailoring - there is no better pairing.
8. Straight-Leg Jeans
Style Notes: It's straight-leg jeans season all year round for French women. Straight-leg jeans are incredibly chic, especially when paired with ankle boots tucked underneath.
Style Notes: As advocates of the classics, it's no surprise that French fashion often people turn to this timeless shoe. During autumn, loafers can be spotted paired with socks and peeking out under trousers, whilst spring calls for Gallic girls to switch out for jeans or a skirt.
10. Tailored Trousers
Style Notes: I've studied French style for years and smart tailored trousers are a constant in a French woman's wardrobe. Whether styled casually with a t-shirt, or elevated for evening, they're guaranteed to pull a look together.
11. Tweed Jackets
Style Notes: French women have a knack for styling their tweed and bouclé jackets in fresh new ways, which always seem to come to fruition in spring when the need for heavy outerwear isn’t so pressing.