From the runway to our social feeds, French fashion trends take center stage. This shouldn’t come as a surprise. Home to one of the fashion capitals, France has long been a springboard for new and desirable fashions that the rest of the world is eager to adopt. There is no shortage of influential women who have pioneered the “Parisian Chic” style over the decades, from big screen icons like Brigitte Bardot and Catherine Deneuve to catwalk legends like Constance Jablonski and Noémie Lenoir. The aesthetic is characterized by beautiful simplicity and a casually sexy vibe – exactly the energy you’ll want to channel into 2022. Below, CR breaks down the five classic French womens fashions they’re having a moment.
Appeared in Philosophy’s Spring / Summer 2022 show and polarizing Netflix series Emilia in Paris, the hat turns out to be an always fashionable winter staple. The classic beret has come a long way from its revolutionary roots in the mid-20th century, with users of Parisian Chic finding that bright colors and oversized shapes prevent the hat from looking cliché. The rise of oversized caps, in particular, opens the door to greater personalization using enamel pins and other jewelry. Matching the hat with the coat and the bag as in the Louis Vuitton Spring / Summer 2022 men’s show is optional, but a great advantage.
Boasting humble beginnings in ballet schools, dancers gained popularity in the mid-century thanks to starlets like Brigitte Bardot and Audrey Hepburn who wore these shoes in their films. More recently, the shoe has seen a resurgence as part of the revival of Tumblr’s Twee aesthetic (think classic Zooey Deschanel style). Celebrities like Emma Roberts and Shiloh Jolie-Pitt claim that dancers are equally worthy of shopping and striding on the red carpet. On the runway, Chanel and Dior are two of the many big names that incorporate ballet flats into enviable high fashion suits.
The white button
Whether paired with straight-leg trousers or layered under a soft jacket, the white button-down shirt is a timeless piece of French It-girls everywhere. This base was on Instagram #parisianchic, with trendsetters like Zoya Mossour demonstrating its versatility. A fashion week favorite, you can spy on buttoned white blouses at 2021 shows from big hitters like Etro and Jonathan Simkhai. Styling this top is easy – the real challenge is finding one that resists wrinkles after a few uses.
Coco Chanel was one of the first designers of the women’s cardigan in the 1920s, putting her signature French twist on English invention. Today it is taking over everything from cream cardigans to striped and even multicolored ones. Just last month, the trendy outerwear was unveiled at the Chanel Metiers D’Art 2022 fashion show. Gucci’s “Love Parade” show gave a twist to the sartorial standard by piling on black fur trims. Wear your elegantly unbuttoned cardigan or get one designed to be 99% open. to the famous Jacquemus cardigan.
The pilgrim’s collar
Mom and daughter label Cleo house is at the forefront of modern and sustainable French fashion. One thing the duo includes in nearly every collection they leave: the pilgrim collar, often paired with vintage blouses or dresses. As the name suggests, the collar was born in the fashion of the first pilgrims, but there is nothing matronly about the modern adaptations of this classic accessory. The designers of Gucci and Chanel used unique pilgrim-style collars to elevate the looks during fashion week in Milan and Paris.