Unlike so many fashion brands these days that burn through new styles month after month, I love that my favorite French clothing brand Sézane has an edited selection of Essentials that they keep in stock and curated year round.
In my many years of shopping the brand (first in France before they came to the States), I have amassed many of their essential pieces and I reach for them time and time again so today I thought I’d share each of my favorites with styling inspiration and size details. These are all well made pieces that will age well and can be mixed and matched to make a myriad of outfits.
Created in Paris in 2013 by Morgane Sézalory, Sézane refers to themselves as the first French fashion brand born online. They design beautiful pieces that are meant to last and that you’ll want to pass on someday. They focus on responsible and ethical production so you won’t find them over-producing and marking things down. They don’t discount so the prices that you see are what they are.
The brand has committed to using eco-friendly materials (3/4 of their materials are considered eco-friendly as of 2021), reducing the amount of packaging used and they have recycled more than 13,000 pieces through their recycling program. more than 13 000 pieces have been recycled. The brand also has a philanthropic program called DEMAIN which has raised 4 million euros and works to support dozens of charitable organizations and thousands of children.
The Best Sézane Essentials
This is a classic trench coat. It’s got a flattering fit and all the classic details you want such as a tie waist and lapel collar. I love the camel color and thoughtful details on this well-made investment piece that I know I’ll wear for a long, long time. I size up in all Sézane Coats and am wearing an 8 in this trench.
My #1 Sézane essential is this versatile sweater. I’ve amassed a collection of three colors now. I love wearing it both frontwards and backwards. It goes great with jeans, with printed pants and can also be worn over dresses or paired with skirts.
It’s so feminine and I love the fit on it. I wear it in a size Small but you could take your usual size for a more oversize fit. This is the only Sézane piece of clothing I have ever sized down in.
See more looks featuring the Gaspard Sweater here:
This coat is so beautifully tailored and a timeless silhouette. The sand color is a beautiful neutral but they also offer it in other colors as well. I sized up to a size 8. It is one of my favorites.
No essential French wardrobe is complete without a striped tee and the Sézane Colette tee is just as close to perfection as you’d expect. I adore my ecru/camel color but they of course also offer a classic ercu/navy. It’s great on its own or layered under sweaters or blazers or cardigans. I am wearing a size M.
You can also now get your Colette tee personalized – too.cute!
It’s often hard for me to find well-fitting button downs but my search ended when I found the Sézane Tomboy button down shirt. It’s the perfect fit and not too stuffy of a fabric. It’s more-so a lived-in cotton fabric that takes down the formal factor in the style. I sized up to an 8 in this style.
In addition to the white they also have a blue and a striped version.
Looking for a good basic tee that holds up? The Sézane Conrad tee is great. I took my usual size of a Medium but recommend sizing up if you like your tees a bit roomier. It comes in a variety of classic neutrals.
This bag became an MVP for me in the last year. It’s surprisingly roomy and is easy to dress up or dress down. Sézane has made this bag for years and you’ll see it all over the streets of Paris. They offer it in a variety of colors and textures.
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Invest in these Essential pieces and you’ll always have a French style outfit you love for any ocassion. Do you own any of the Sézane Essentials? I’d love to hear your favorites!
A word on Sézane sizing:
I find nearly all French brands to run a bit snug so I always size up. Especially if you have a bigger chest as many French brands don’t design for larger chests. If you’re unsure on sizing, I recommend ordering two sizes to be sure as Sézane offers free return shipping.
The brand has expanded sizing in recent years on select items and I’m hopeful they’ll continue to do so.