It's no secret that French women possess a knack for a polished style that reads as effortless and cool. Over the years, they prove to really refine their personal senses of style with wardrobes stocked with incredible closet essentials. French women are truly in the know about which building blocks will last for years ahead, so it's no surprise you'll spot many of them wearing the same staples.
Yep, you'll be sure to spot elegant tweed pieces on both Carla Bruni and Isabel Marant. The same goes for ankle boots, which you'll see Nadege du Bosterus and Juliette Binoche styling with their looks. And it doesn't stop there. Ahead, take inspiration from stylish over-50 French women and see the six pieces you'll spot in all of their closets. You can also shop the items for yourself to replicate their chic looks.
No matter what season it is, trench coats are an easy staple to make any outfit looks polished. Whether layered over Bermuda shorts and a tee in the summer or a sweater, trousers, and boots in the winter, this French girl–approved piece is a true classic.
Topshop Considered Cream Pu Trench ($150)
Violeta Classic Cotton Trench Coat ($100)
A great pair of ankle boots is an investment that is definitely worth the cost per wear. You can pair them with a dressy suit for a red carpet-worthy look or style them with jeans for a more casual look.
By FAR Sofia Leather Ankle Boots ($560)
& Other Stories Croc Embossed Leather Boots ($179)
Isabel Marant Derst Bootie ($232)
Tweed is the luxe fabric that instantly makes me think of stylish French women. To avoid making it look too stiff, try pairing a jacket with leggings or leather pants for an outfit that is equal parts sophisticated and cool.
Mango Tweed Jacket ($60)
Mytheresa Lyra Wool-Blend Tweed Jacket ($381)
Tibi Oversized tweed coat ($518)
If you're looking to make your wardrobe feel more polished, you can't go wrong with a great pair of high-waisted trousers. Whether styled with a button-down top or a leather jacket, the tailored basic reads as instantly polished.
& Other Stories Linen Blend Pintuck Trousers ($62)
7 for All Mankind Bootcut Back Slit Trousers ($245)
Michael Lo Sordo Leather Pleated Wide-Leg Pants ($490)
A tailored blazer might be one of the most versatile pieces you can add to your closet. For a piece that feels inspired by French women, look for a slightly oversize fit with sharp tailoring.
Club Monaco Borrem Blazer ($298)
H&M Straight-Cut Jacket ($50)
Frame Double-Breasted Satin-Trimmed Crepe Blazer ($375)
The ultimate sleek heels that go with anything? Sleek pumps. The versatile staple is one that withstands trends, so it's easy to see why you'll find it in every French woman's wardrobe.
Stuart Weitzman Anny Pumps ($398)
Jimmy Choo Love 85 Suede Pumps ($375)
Charles & Keith Slingback Pointed Pumps ($39)
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