Yep, French Women Over 50 All Own These 6 Items

It's no secret that French women possess a knack for a polished style that reads as effortless and cool. Over the years, they prove to really refine their personal senses of style with wardrobes stocked with incredible closet essentials. French women are truly in the know about which building blocks will last for years ahead, so it's no surprise you'll spot many of them wearing the same staples.

Yep, you'll be sure to spot elegant tweed pieces on both Carla Bruni and Isabel Marant. The same goes for ankle boots, which you'll see Nadege du Bosterus and Juliette Binoche styling with their looks. And it doesn't stop there. Ahead, take inspiration from stylish over-50 French women and see the six pieces you'll spot in all of their closets. You can also shop the items for yourself to replicate their chic looks.


No matter what season it is, trench coats are an easy staple to make any outfit looks polished. Whether layered over Bermuda shorts and a tee in the summer or a sweater, trousers and boots in the winter, this French girl–approved piece is a true classic.

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French style over 50


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You can't get more timeless than a classic beige trench coat. 

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Stylish over-50 French style


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This affordable staple comes in sizes XXS to 4XL.


A great pair of ankle boots is an investment that is definitely worth the cost per wear. You can pair them with a dressy suit for a red carpet-worthy look or style them with jeans for a more casual look.

Nadege du Bospertus
French wardrobe staples: ankle boots


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This pair is finally back in stock, get them while you can. 

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Stylish French outfits with boots


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French outfits with boots


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Tweed is the luxe fabric that instantly makes me think of stylish French women. To avoid making it look too stiff, try pairing a jacket with leggings or leather pants for an outfit that is equal parts sophisticated and cool.

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Carla Bruni style


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Isabel Marant
French wardrobe staples: tweed


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French outfits with tweed


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If you thought this was designer, I wouldn't blame you. 


If you're looking to make your wardrobe feel more polished, you can't go wrong with a great pair of high-waisted trousers. Whether styled with a button-down top or a leather jacket, the tailored basic reads as instantly polished.

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French wardrobe staples: high-waisted trousers


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Stylish French outfits with pants


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The classic design has an elasticated panel at the back for extra comfort. 

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Stylish French outfits with trousers


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The slanted waistband is a fresh take on classic suiting. 


A tailored blazer might be one of the most versatile pieces you can add to your wardrobe. For a piece that feels inspired by French women, look for a slightly oversize fit with sharp tailoring.

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French wardrobe staples: tailored blazers


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You'll find that so many great outfits call for a classic black blazer. 

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Stylish French outfits with blazers


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This dark grey looks really elevated. 

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French wardrobe staples: blazers


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Tailored with a slightly loose fit for extra French girl style. 


The ultimate sleek heels that go with anything? Sleek pumps. The versatile staple is one that withstands trends, so it's easy to see why you'll find it in every French woman's wardrobe.

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French wardrobe staples: sleek pumps


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French wardrobe staples: pumps


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Nude pumps in a suede finish are a true wardrobe staple. 

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French outfits with pumps


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The contrast of patent and matte leather adds to the elegance of this pair. 

Next up, 10 Timeless Items French Women Have in Their Wardrobes

This piece originally appeared on Who What Wear U.S. and has since been updated.

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