I make no excuses for loving French dressing. Although it’s not the cornerstone of my personal style (I definitely define myself as more British), I do love gleaning tips from les françaises I follow on Instagram. While they all have their own way of interpreting French style, it’s clear to me that they all have one thing in common: French women keep it simple.
I can sometimes overcomplicate and overthink an outfit, so instead, I turned to these stylish women for some fashion tips and found five classic French outfits that I will wear all the time. Crucially, I wanted to prove that I could do these looks without having to buy anything new and, much to my smugness, I managed to achieve it.
There’s a knitted dress as seen on Ellie Delphine of Slip Into Style and a classic double-denim look from Aïda of Basics Touch, who does the minimalist aesthetic like no one else. I also tapped Jeanne Damas for some ideas, and she didn’t disappoint either. Find these and more, below, in how to do classic French outfits with everything you already have in your wardrobe. Keep scrolling.
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This piece was published at an earlier date and has been updated.