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15 Pieces to create the perfect French capsule wardrobe

How to create the perfect French style wardrobe ?

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If you find yourself saying, “I have nothing to wear then it’s time to create your own French capsule wardrobe.

French fashion is chic, classic, and timeless. French women have mastered the art of wearing staples and looking stunningly chic. This post will cover the 15 pieces you need to get started with your classic French capsule wardrobe!

The aim of a capsule wardrobe is to have a curated collection of timeless classic pieces that can all mix and match with each other. And in a French capsule wardrobe, you add chic and simple pieces to your closet that just scream sophisticated and timeless!

The first consideration to make is that all pieces in a French style capsule wardrobe are easily paired together.

Pants and t-shirts, blazers or cardigans, shirts, ankle boots or Chanel style pumps. Therefore, outfits ideas are  easy to make, simple but chic.

In order to be the master of a true Parisian style, you can start with an  outfit that is considered a kind of uniform in Paris.

A blazer, skinny jeans, t-shirt and ballet flats or heeled shoes. Dress in layers to give the impression that you haven’t thought too much about the details.

If, like me, you love Parisian style, let’s take inspiration from the elegant French women and discover together the 15 pieces we will always see in their closets and get inspired by their chic looks:

Chic Capsule Wardrobe

  1. Trench Coat

It’s an iconic piece. Regardless of the season, the trench coat is a staple to make any outfit elegant. Whether it’s paired with jeans and a t-shirt in the summer or a sweater, pants and boots in the winter.

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     2.Blazer

A tailored blazer might be one of the most versatile pieces to add to our wardrobe. For a Parisian, look for one with a slightly oversized fit but tailored cuts.

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    3.Long Coat

Long black coats are versatile because they can be casual or formal. Wear a black coat with slim jeans and sneakers for a go-anywhere look. For a chic night out pair a long coat with  black dress and boots.

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  French Minimalist Capsule Wardrobe 2022

  4. Cardigan 

Cardigans are versatile and classy wardrobe essentials for French style, offering an outer layer you can put on with style in the fall and winter.

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   5.Cachemere Sweater

As wardrobe staples, they are timeless in their quality and style. And being versatile, you can pair them easily with anything, from casual jeans to formal pants, skirts or dresses.

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  Classic French Wardrobe Pieces

 6. White Blouse

The white blouse is a timeless French wardrobe staple, it is versatile and has endless styling options.

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  7. Black Pants

If you’re looking to make your wardrobe more refined, with a nice pair of high-waisted pants you’re definitely not going to go wrong. Regardless of whether it’s paired with a top or a leather jacket.

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    8.Slim Jeans

Obviously you need a pair of go-to jeans in your perfect capsule wardrobe. And I find a classic straight leg has the most versatility.

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    9.Jumpsuit

Jumpsuits offer the best of both worlds as they are chic, while simultaneously comfortable which is the essence of French style.
 
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    10.Basic Tops

For French women the t-shirt, is an item that is taken into great consideration. Both in their summer and winter outfits.

Let’s see together some ways to match a t-shirt like a Parisian woman.

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      11.Striped Top

wardrobe essential in every Parisienne’s wardrobe. It looks great with jeans, flats shoes and the iconic trench coat.

In addition to clothing, shoes and accessories are also fundamental for the Parisian woman. In fact, they enrich the look and define the style.

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      12. Scarf

When building your French capsule wardrobe, it’s good to have at least 1 silk scarf. Adding a silk scarf is the perfect way to spice up an outfit.This is also one French cliché that is true, as French women love to wear French silk scarves!

 

     13.Flats

The ultimate shoes that go with anything? Flats. It’s the versatile piece that resists trends, so it’s easy to see why it’s present in every French woman’s wardrobe. They absolutely can not miss in their wardrobes. The favorite brand obviously Chanel.

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      14. Sandals

Black sandals are another important component of a capsule wardrobe.

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          15. Boots

Another staple of the fall season for Parisian girls. In crocodile-effect leather, suede or smooth.

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Ready to build your French Capsule wardrobe?

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I’m Linda, your go to Stylist, Personal Shopper and Curator.

Whether we can walk together down the streets of Paris, or you would prefer the contactless virtual experience, I will enhance your wardrobe through inspiration, styling tips and tricks, and a curated shopping experience.

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