Apparently French Women Would Never Wear This One Print

A few weeks ago, my French friend messaged me after reading one of my pieces about Parisian style. In the story, I included a leopard-print skirt by Réalisation, and she told me, "Emma, I love your stories, but I'm sorry—French women would never wear leopard. Not even Lou Doillon."

Leopard print is one of the key trends for autumn/winter 2018, but is this a trend that the French crowd is destined to bypass? After some Googling, I discovered that Lou Doillon has, in fact, worn it before—favouring coats, blouses and cardigans in the print. Brigitte Bardot had a soft spot for leopard-print coats. Even Vogue Paris editors like Emmanuelle Alt and Carine Roitfeld have worn leopard-print blouses with jeans.

It seems French women will wear leopard pieces, but only certain pieces. That being said, you probably won't find them in the wild, colourful denim that's all over Topshop this month. For them, the key is to keep the rest of the look simple, pairing it with either head-to-toe black or jeans and a simple cardigan. "French women stick to only small touches. It's either a bag or a hood of a coat in leopard print," according to my Parisian friend.