12 French Style Capsule Wardrobe Essentials

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Oh how we love the French style! Effortlessly chic, feminine mixed with a rock ’n roll look and feel. When we think about a French style capsule wardrobe, the pieces are all pretty straight forward and casual: jeans, button up shirts, cropped trousers, a classic trench. Build a wardrobe of pieces you can mix and match and create cool ensembles like a French girl all season long.


12 Items for a French style capsule wardrobe

Striped shirt

A striped piece is a true key item if you want to create a French style. It looks chic, neutral and is very easy to wear with other pieces in your wardrobe as well.


A printed dress

French girls don’t wait for summer to wear a printed dress, they wear them all year long. Very elegant and chic with sandals or flats.


Tweed jacket

A tweed jacket is a must staple in a French style wardrobe. One of their favorite ways to wear them is downgraded with a pair of jeans and a white blouse. Super chique!

French Style capsule wardrobe essentials tweed



This list isn’t complete without a classic trench. The true icon of all coats and loved by detectives and French streetstylers.


A white button down shirt

Though French girl style is usually very feminine and slim-fitting, a oversized white shirt is also a key item to create that je ne sais quoi look.

French Style capsule wardrobe essentials white shirt


A black dress

A classic black dress is the French staple your closet needs. You likely already own one, but you never have to many black dress that will easily transform from day to night.


Ballet flats

The ballet flat is ever popular with French style. This classic shoe gives your outfit that chic look without sacrificing comfort.


Leather jacket

To get the French girl look, wear this with a cute top, a classic bag and flat sandals..



The cardigan is definitely another staple that every French girl owns. This comfortable and versatile piece is easy to wear and can be worn throughout the year.

Pencil skirt

Pencil skirts are one of those versatile pieces in your closet that can be worn to a picnic or to an important meeting at the office.

French Style capsule wardrobe essentials pencil skirt



Such a versatile piece for your capsule wardrobe – you can wear it with any of the bottoms or shoes for a new look.

French Style capsule wardrobe essentials blazer


A good old denim

This basic piece easily can be dressed up or down and looks abfab with pretty much everything you wear it. The high-waist and flared jeans are French girl’s faves.

French Style capsule wardrobe essentials denim



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