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How to dress like a Parisian in Spring : 9 Classic Staples !

Want to nail French girl style this Spring?

Here is your ultimate guide to get French chic style in spring.

If you’ve been here before, you probably know that I’m a personal shopper and stylist in Paris and I love to share French chic style tips.

Keep reading to see the 9 staples that define a chic French style in Spring.

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But before diving into the 9 best French chic style staples, here are a few general tips on how French women look chic and put together during the months of spring.

Simplicity.

A perfect Parisian Chic style wardrobe is made up of a few pieces that are simple and versatile.

French women don’t like to be over-sexy, avoid skirts or dresses that are too short, too tight, or too revealing.

Fit is everything.

You cannot go wrong with tailored clothing.Visit your local tailor and make your clothes work for your body shape.

Always wear only one statement piece.

Elevate your outfit with 1 statement piece, it could be a designer purse, shoes, or silk scarf. These add-ons can elevate a simple outfit and make it easy to look and feel stylish.

Go for neutral and dark color palettes.

These will always be a classic; you can’t go wrong with navy blue or black, my signature color. To go with dark hues, I love khaki and olive green.

Be Ready to invest!

In terms of fabrics, always seek high-quality fabrics such as cotton, silk, wool or cashmere for knitwear, and linen.

Always Smell Nice.

Perfumes are an integral part of the outfit. So, don’t forget to treat yourself to a light and fresh spring scent which will get you in the mood for the season.

Don’t Wear Too Much Makeup.

Keep it simple, that’s how to stay classy and elegant. A classic red lipstick and mascara can be more than enough sometimes.

9 STAPLES TO NAIL THE FRENCH LOOK


Let’s discover now the 9 French spring fashion staples that will help you to build the ultimate French Chic capsule wardrobe for spring.

1.THE TRENCH

A trench coat is an icon piece that  you’ll find in every French woman’s wardrobe for spring. It’s the perfect chic outerwear piece.

Trench coats are a favorite of French women since they elevate any outfit. Go for neutral colors such as camel or beige. 

Every day, you will see someone sporting a classy trench coat with comfortable, stylish shoes on the streets of Paris!

@leiasfez

2. BLAZERS

French women love their blazers. They consider them a wardrobe staple! Whether it is a corduroy blazer, a well-tailored black blazer, you can’t walk down the streets of Paris without seeing at least one French woman wearing one.

Dress it down with a pair of straight leg jeans, and elevate it with a silk scarf.

3.Striped Shirt

The striped shirt is one of the most iconic pieces of clothing you can wear for spring and looks great with anything! 

This cotton long-sleeved shirt with horizontal blue and white stripes, originally worn by seamen in the French Navy, has become a staple in French fashion.

4.The Classic White Shirt

Every woman’s closet should include this item. A white shirt will never goes out of style and is considered “classic” for a reason. It is  a no-fuss style staple. It ‘ll look just as good with jeans and flats as

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5. Straight-Leg Jeans

And the straight-leg jean is definitely the go-to fit and staple in every French women’s wardrobe. 

“The perfect straight-leg jean is a wardrobe essential that flatters most body types. It should be your basic staple for your spring capsule wardrobe.

6. Flower Print Dress

Every stylish French woman will be spotted wearing a flower dress  for spring.

They look great with a trench coat or a denim jacket.

7.Scarves

We can’t forget scarves if we’re talking about French-inspired style! A scarf has the ability to take any regular casual outfit into a sophisticated one.

French women are famous for always wearing a scarf in all seasons, and even in spring/summer. 

For spring, a silk scarf is the perfect accessory to elevate your outfit. Indeed, it can be both an accessory as well as a statement piece. 

It can dress up anything casual, looks good with denim, and looks elegant with elegant clothes.

@leiasfez

8. Black Leather Hand-Bag

A black leather hand-bag is synonymous with elegance and style. French women not only want their handbags to be functional and durable, but they also want to flaunt them like style statements.

9. Straw Basket Tote Bag 

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In the past, the straw bag has been traditionally reserved just for the beach, this bag has made a comeback and is now considered a must-have spring/summer accessory.

You will see people carrying straw bags to the farmer’s markets or just around Paris in general.

They are a versatile piece to add to your wardrobe for Spring and Summer. You can wear them easily with jeans and a tee as well as a dress and sandals. A great straw tote is always a smart investment because you will carry it for years.

Here are a few of my go-to Spring packing list for Spring in Paris 

  • White Shirt + Straight-Leg Jeans + Leather Handbag
  • Floral Midi Dress + Cardigan + Straw Basket Tote Bag
  • Striped T-shirt + Straight Leg Jeans + Trench Coat

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What should I wear in Paris in the spring?

When in Paris in Spring layering is essential, and you should definitely  include a jacket or a trench coat for rainy days. A light or silk scarf should be a must.

What do people wear in Paris in mid April?

Bring with you layered clothes.You might also need sunglasses and a hat.

Is Paris too cold in April?

No, Paris isn’t too cold in April with low temperatures of around 10°C. Paris isn’t too hot at all in April with high temperatures of around 17°C.

Is April or May better for Paris?

April is one of  the best times to visit Paris to avoid crowds.

Do you need a coat in Paris in May?

You will need to bring a variety of clothing, including jackets for cold evenings, but also be prepared for an occasional warm day.


I hope you enjoyed this post on how to dress like a Parisian in Spring.
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