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Dress Up like a French Woman this Spring

Updated: May 1, 2021

Whether you wonder what French women wear in spring or how to dress like a Parisian in spring, we are here to help!

French women are well known to have a great sense of style. They tend to reach for classics that are made of high-quality materials, and that can be worn years after years. Here are the most essential items you must have in your wardrobe:

1. Basket Bag

The basket bag is the ultimate staple of the French spring wardrobe. Made of palm fiber and leather for the rim and handle, this type of bag is not only more practical and environmentally friendly but also a whole lot better looking. Be sure to check out our market bags in our shop at

2. Blazer

A blazer is one of the French wardrobe essentials that you can wear with everything: a floral dress, a silk camisole, a pair of straight-leg jeans, or a pair of tailored pants. It instantly gives chic and elegance to any outfit and it can be worn for a day or night outfit depending on the accessorization. For spring, choose pastel colors like beige, greige, pastel pink, or green.

3. Cardigans

A cardigan is a great layer piece that allows you to stay warm this spring whilst not sacrificing style. They offer endless styling possibilities and serve as a chic and practical layering piece. French girls love to wear them over a basic white tee or a silky camisole and under a blazer. Cardigans are perfect to upgrade your spring wardrobe to a whole new level of French chicness.

4. Breton Stripe Shirt aka Marinière

In 1917, Coco Chanel made the marinière an icon of French couture when she introduced the design in her nautical collection. Today, the Breton stripe shirt is one of the most iconic pieces of clothing you can wear for spring.

5. Oversize Button-Down Shirt

An oversize button-down shirt is one of the key pieces if you want to get French-girl style this spring. Whether it’s a white, blue, or stripe, the button-down shirt is a French wardrobe essential for spring.

This spring, you can (French) tuck it into a pair of high-waist straight jeans, wear it over a dress or tie it at the waist.

6. Straight-Leg Jeans

High-waisted straight-leg jeans are one of the key pieces of the French spring wardrobe. And there’s a reason this silhouette is so popular: it’s flattering on everyone. Indeed, the high rise gives waist definition, and the wider/straight cut balances out the hips and elongates the legs. In terms of colors, this spring, opt for very light denim or even white, beige, or pastel pink denim.

7. Slip Dress

A slip dress is an ultimate classic staple of the French wardrobe for spring. In terms of colors, French women stick to classic shades like beige, khaki, black, grey as well as pastel colors. So, if you’re looking for a French-style slip dress remember to keep your palette natural.

8. Silk Scarf

A silk scarf (un foulard en soie), is the ultimate classic staple of the French wardrobe for spring. French women are famous for always wearing a scarf in all seasons, and even in spring/summer. For spring, a silk square (un carré de soie) is the perfect accessory to complete your outfit and to keep you warm. It can be both an accessory as well as a statement piece. And it can dress up anything casual, looks good with denim, and looks elegant with elegant clothes.

10.Slingback Shoes

Slingback shoes are one of the 5 shoe styles that French women wear in spring. It’s the perfect pair of shoes for spring if you’re looking for another shoe option other than ballet flats. They’re perfect shoes for in-between weather and they are super versatile as they can go with anything. You can wear them with jeans, midi skirts or dresses. They’re also a perfect choice if you want more comfortable shoes but still want to wear heels.

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