One of my tried and true personal style formulas is to dress like I am in Paris. What does that mean? Simple, classic and put together outfits.
These – what I’m calling “French Aesthetic Outfits” are tailored and made up of timeless pieces that are equal parts fashion and function. I want these outfits to hold up for a day out in the city and look appropriate for a variety of occasions. It’s my take on French fashion and French inspired style and I hope these looks will inspire you to invest in classic pieces and mix and match your wardrobe in a variety of ways.
French Aesthetic Outfits
You’ll notice a lot of repeats in the looks below. Tailored blazers, tweed jackets, ankle crop jeans, black pants, timeless shoes like ballet flats, loafers and black booties and versatile sweaters.
The Trench Coat with Black Pants
I never go to Paris without a trench coat. It’s the perfect topper much of the year when you travel to Paris and it always brings together an outfit. Pair it with a black pant, with cropped jeans or over a dress. This style is classic from J.Crew and I love that it has a hood that is detachable. Wearing above: The MM.LaFleur Jensen Trench.
Black Tweed Blazer with White Tee and Jeans
In my book you can never go wrong with a tee and a blazer and a tried and true styling for me is with high waisted jeans (these are my favorites) and a slingback shoe or ballet flat.
The Plaid Blazer
An oversized blazer in a print is such a versatile piece. I love this one (size 2) and own it in several colors. It fits well over thinner sweaters and pairs well with a myriad of jeans in my collection.
Meeting Ready Outfit
A tailored jacket with black pants and comfortable black pumps is what I wear to dressier meetings often and you’ll see this on the streets of Paris during rush hour, too.
The Year Round Coat
This coat is a workhorse in my coat closet. I love the tailored fit of it and that you can wear it layered and accessorized in cooler months or with a more feminine blouse in warmer months. I recommend sizing up.
Colored Tweed with Little Black Pants
I don’t wear much color but when I do it is often in a moody tweed jacket because I love how it pairs with a black pant or a jean and a great pair of heels.
Leather Jacket + a Classic Button Down
Two timeless pieces in my wardrobe that I’ve had for years are my Vince leather jacket and a well-fitting button down. I love this investment leather jacket and this one as a more affordable option.
A timeless topper – a wool overcoat elevates any outfit instantly. Wearing this one in a size 4 but you can find really similar ones by Mango. More of my favorite coats.
Cropped Tweed Jacket and Stripes and Straight Leg Jeans
These Levi’s Straight Leg jeans are a great take on an ankle crop jean. Instead of being skinny, they finish with a slightly casual distressed straight hem. I absolutely love them paired with a slingback heel. They go great with a cropped more fitted jacket and of course a solid or a striped tee is a perfect layer underneath.
A sweater jacket is one of my favorite pieces to carry to throw on top of a tee and look instantly more leveled up. This one is my personal favorite and I own it in two versions!
This sweater kind of does it all. Which explains why I now own it in three colors! Wear it frontwards or backwards or with jeans, pants or with a skirt or over a dress unbuttoned.
Sleek Black Blazer with a Feminine Flat
If you don’t have a black blazer that you feel great in, there’s no time like the present. It’s an instant mood booster and can be restyled throughout the year in loads of ways.
Puff Sleeve Sweater and Tweed Skirt
I love balancing a more straight mini skirt with a puff sleeve shoulder. This is a go-to look of mine for more dressy occasions in cooler months. Pair with a beret for an extra French touch and sock booties for height.
Plaid Pants with Ballet Flats
Plaid pants are always in my suitcase to wear in Paris. You’ll see them on the streets often and they are a nice break from jeans.
Chanel Inspired Tweed Jacket
Chanel jackets aren’t in my budget for now so I always snag a lookalike tweed jacket or tweed blazer when I see one for a good price and quality. I love pairing them with cropped black jeans and a ballet flat.
Boyfriend Tweed Jacket
By now you know I love a tweed jacket – this oversized take is a nice way to balance out more feminine details.
Sweater Dress and Over the Knee Boots
Perfect for Fall & Winter, a sweater dress with over the knee boots and a good tailored jacket is a great way to look chic from day to night.
Florals? For Spring? Not so groundbreaking but I always welcome a floral print dress in Spring and Summer when it comes to my French aesthetic in warmer months with a sleek sandal. In Fall I swap in leather knee-high boots.
Light Colored Tweed Blazer
This light colored tweed blazer has a great fit and is perfect to wear year round.
A-Line Skirt + Sock Booties
Perfect for a night out, I love an a-line mini skirt with sock booties and topped with a feminine blouse or cropped jacket.
Striped Tee and Blazer with Loafers
You can’t go wrong with a striped tee topped with a blazer and paired with a classic loafer. I’d wear a version of this outfit every day if I could. It’s perfect for exploring, a day of meetings, coffee dates, you name it. It’s classic French girl style.
Ruffle Tee with Jeans + Heels
I love a feminine top especially in spring and summer. This one is from Hill House. Wearing a M.
Oversized Belted Coat with Ankle Jeans
A go-to Fall and Winter look for me to wear in France and in New York is wearing an oversized belted coat with straight leg ankle jeans. My favorite styles of these coats are from & Other Stories.
French Wardrobe Basics
Build a wardrobe of quality basics inspired by French style and you’ll always have a bunch of classic outfits you can wear and mix and match over and over again. These items shouldn’t be trendy versions – rather pieces that will never go out of style, make you feel great and can be worn a myriad of ways.
Here’s my handy check list for you to help build out a French Aesthetic capsule wardrobe like mine!
A Great T-Shirt
A Striped Tee
A Classic Button Down
A Leather Jacket
A Trench Coat
A Cashmere Sweater
A Ballet Flat
A Classic Over Coat
A Tailored Blazer
A Tweed Jacket
Hope you found these looks inspiring! You can pin them now to come back to later whenever you’re feeling lack of inspiration and want to get dressed in an outfit you love!
p.s. a Paris packing list for the Fall and the best breakfast spots in Paris.
Hi! Love this post. Tell me about this MM trench coat – would you recommend? Are there other trench coats you love? Thank you!
So it definitely has a more boyfriend / oversized fit to it if that’s your style! For something more classic I’d recommend this one that I just got: https://rstyle.me/+icPgRsv9PCMtoz-61ek1Fw It’s got such a nice fit (but size up!) It’ll be on the blog next week but if you want to shoot me an email I can send you a sneak peek of it on me for styling reference!
I love these outfits! They totally say ‘French girl’ to me which is an aesthetic I am always going for.
So glad you enjoyed it! Hope it serves as ongoing inspiration!
Can you please tell me about the boyfriend tweed coat!!! I need it!
Hi Katie! It was from H&M last year! https://witwhimsy.com/french-girl-closet-staples-the-perfect-flat/ They often release a version of it so I’d keep an eye on their site! I’ll share if I ever see anything similar too!
I’m usually drawn to prints, but this post just reminded me how chic solids and basic colors can look. Thank you for the inspo!
So glad you found it inspiring!
When I lived in Paris I always observed the locals on the Metro. To me, the Parisians were classic but not boring. They make it interesting with tousled hair, a bold red lip with no eye make up, something a little “undone”/imperfect and I also noticed black fish net socks/stockings with sneakers (often the “le coq sportif” brand) under jeans/pants (which I somehow could never pull-off) and ALWAYS a Longchamp shoulder tote along side a smaller more polished purse to stash larger items they needed on the go. Such an inspiring city!
Yes! I also always see so many black converse and I so wish I could pull them off but think they are a bit too edgy for me (right up there with the fishnet stockings!) Thanks so much for sharing these memories, Nicolle!
Love your classic style
Thank you so much!
Love love love this post, and love your classic French aesthetic style. These outfits are so inspiring to me, Revamping my closet and my wardrobe to be Parisian chic!
I’m so glad you enjoyed it!!
I really love the white tweed blazer with gold buttons you wore with jeans in one of your pictures. May I ask where you bought it and when? Love your style. Thank you!
That one is from Zara! They do such good tweed blazers!
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In many of your photos you are wearing a beautiful diamond necklace–where did you get it from? Is the Chanel brooch vintage? so pretty.
Yes I never take it off! It is my fav. It’s very old but the one in this post is so similar: https://witwhimsy.com/my-everyday-jewelry/
The brooch I bought in Paris a few years back! New not vintage but I love that it has a vintage vibe 🙂