How To French-ify Your Outfit

Forget ‘He went to Jared’s’ – find a man who gets you a nice pair of blue jeans!(Actually, find a few men – that’s what a French woman would do).

Emulating French style does not require going out to buy an entirely new wardrobe! Because les françaises create their signature style by drawing from basic pieces in a neutral color palette, it’s fantastically easy to reinterpret the clothes you already own to get that European look.

How To French-ify Your Outfit

Outfit Details: Blazer // White Tee Shirt // Jeans // Flats // Sunglasses

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The Daily French Uniform

When I was living in Paris, I could only bring one suitcase with me (thanks, Delta…), so I had to work with what could fit into that suitcase. As the saying goes, it’s better to look good everyday than different, so I worked out a daily uniform to maximize my style options from a limited clothing selection.

The uniform base: a pair of tapered, slim-fit, dark-wash jeans and a white or black shirt. On top of that, a grey/navy/black blazer, tan/black leather dress shoes, and – last but not least – a scarf (duh).

The jeans and t-shirt combo is quite casual, so the dress shoes elevate your look. A blazer can easily read as stuffy, so rolling up the sleeves makes it ‘everyday’. Since the outfit is mainly navy and neutrals, the tan leather dress shoes act as a pop of color and shine!

 

How To French-ify Your Outfit

 

Blazers & More

French women are much more into wearing blazers than American women; an oversized blazer with cuffed sleeves (think of it as the ‘boyfriend jean’ but for blazers), tailored jean, and heel is a quintessential French look. Don’t let the heels confuse you – this look is definitely ‘everyday’ for French women! While heels are elevated, the oversized blazer has that throw-it- on-and- go vibe to balance out the outfit.

And if you don’t own a blazer, steal an old one from your dad, grandpa, or boyfriend! Shout out to free things!

It’s also très chic (#sorrynotsorry about the cliché French words) to pull your Canadian Tuxedo out of the closet and pair your jeans with a chambray button-up.

Trend alert: make sure your button-up is slightly oversized and then loosely tuck in the shirt and cuff the sleeves.

Chambray Shirt

Emulate, don’t copy!

Wearing dark denim jeans also allows you to play with different patterns and silhouettes for your top! As you’re looking through your closet, remember that balance is key! Seek out less trendy and more timeless tops that add interest to the outfit. Don’t forget that the aim of this is to emulate French style, not copy it! Infuse your own personality into this interpretation and stick to what you’re comfortable with!

Drawing inspiration from the Parisians, start your French-inspired outfit with your favorite pair of jeans and go from there! Slightly oversized blouses and blazers convey an effortless vibe while a sleek heel (or boot/sneaker) elevates your look!

 

FRENCH INSPIRED OUTFIT PIECES

 

How many different ways can you pair your jeans to create the perfect French-inspired look?

 

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33 Comments

  1. June 1, 2017 / 2:38 PM

    Looove french style!! You look so cute!

  2. May 30, 2017 / 9:43 PM

    I totally agree! A good pair of jeans is the best!

  3. May 30, 2017 / 8:28 PM

    That is amazing that you were able to live out of one suitcase and remix your looks. I love how simple French style is. Thanks for sharing some tips.

    Brooke || http://www.kbstyled.com

  4. May 29, 2017 / 1:08 PM

    I love this post because I’m up SAST with everything French. I studied abroad in Paris in college and have been back and absolutely love it. I would love to live there.

  5. Maggie
    May 29, 2017 / 12:20 PM

    Love this classic look!

  6. May 29, 2017 / 9:27 AM

    Great tips! Love the blazer always makes you look put together.
    Lindsay

  7. May 28, 2017 / 7:26 PM

    French style is THE best. So cool and feminine and chic!

  8. May 28, 2017 / 6:58 PM

    omg I love that chambray! I always like my button downs lightly oversized!

  9. Molly | Miss Molly Moon
    May 28, 2017 / 4:25 PM

    These are such great tips! I love a good oversized button-down. So comfy + chic!

    Molly // Miss Molly Moon

  10. Adaleta
    May 28, 2017 / 2:11 PM

    Okay I just loved this post, how fun and cute!

  11. May 28, 2017 / 1:06 PM

    These tips are so fun! I love chambray tops, they can be styled so many ways!

  12. May 28, 2017 / 11:54 AM

    Love the french inspo lady!

  13. May 28, 2017 / 10:14 AM

    I love Parisian style! It’s so chic and classic.

    Best,

    Candace

  14. May 26, 2017 / 6:21 PM

    Blazers always create such a chic look! I love the gold detailing on your jacket!
    XOXO
    Happy Weekend!

  15. May 26, 2017 / 5:13 PM

    I love wearing blazers and always find myself throwing them on with jeans. I love how classic yet chic this look is!
    Rachael

  16. May 26, 2017 / 2:34 PM

    Brilliant ideas! I love adding in a little play on color with a striped tee. I always feel so Parisian when I wear it with jeans and flats.

  17. May 26, 2017 / 12:49 PM

    Blazers are a go to for me! I love them!

    Xo,
    Steph
    @trendyinindy || trendyinindy.com

  18. May 26, 2017 / 10:43 AM

    Love the idea of giving your closet some french inspiration!

  19. Anna Baun
    May 26, 2017 / 10:41 AM

    I love the addition of a blazer – totally agree! Hope you have a great, long weekend! XO

    Anna || alilyloveaffair.com

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