So It’s coming up to Spring and, unlike this time last year, I can actually go out in outfits like this one this year *yay!* I’ve been doing a LOT of searching around on Pinterest lately for Simply, chic-looking Spring outfits and I tend to gravitate more towards simpler, more classic palettes these days of navy, black, Beige and with a pop of colour like the red shoes and bag featured in these photos. My Pinterest search terms tended to be “Parisian Style” or “French Style” because I love that look, it’s chic, elegant and timeless and it’s also easy to throw on.
“French Girl Style” outfits tend to have a “hero” piece, something that sets the look apart from many others and one that almost becomes your standard, like an accessory; for me it would be my Fedora, you’ve seen them a million times in my posts and they’re all affordable from A Lack of Color Australia, but this has become my standard style piece, I don’t usually go out without a Fedora (unless it’s raining because… wool)
Stick to Flats (or very low block heels) There’s an unwritten rule that French Women seem to have: if the skirt is above the knee, wear flats, if it is below the knee, wear heels. This one simple little trick will elevate any outfit. If, like me, you cannot wear completely flat ballet shoes due to a very high arch and a lot of pain – wear low block heels and maybe an arch support.
Simply Does it. If you walk down a street in Paris, no matter what you may have seen on the runways of Paris Fashion Week, you’re very unlikely to see a French Women walking down the Champs Elysee in anything from the catwalk. It’s more about comfort but chic comfort. The colour palettes are simple and classic, everything pairs well. Prints are kept to a minimum and don’t tend to be paired with other prints. Less is always more.
Basics don’t have to look basic. So a simple white T-shirt is considered a basic and paired with a pair of baggy denim jeans then sure, it is, but paired with a well tailored blazer, slim-fit ankle pants and a pair of heels, it’s anything but “basic” it’s all about styling and the great thing about using basics is that no look has to be expensive either, just buy good quality.
Trench Coats: If it’s a chilly Spring Morning or it looks like it may be a little damp then a well-tailored, classic trench coat is your best Friend for Classic French-Girl Style. It’s going to stay in Style forever and it will go with ANY outfit. The one I’m wearing was from ASOS so it’s very affordable and it’s a good thick material and lined so it will last longer and look good longer.