Winter Capsule Wardrobe: French Inspired

January 3, 2024

Picture effortless elegance, a blend of classic and contemporary, and an air of nonchalant chic – that’s the essence of the French wardrobe. From tailored coats to versatile knits, each piece is thoughtfully selected to give your winter wardrobe that coveted “je ne sais quoi”. A winter capsule wardrobe allows you to pair down your closet, but that doesn’t mean you must sacrifice style. Combining classic silhouettes with a few style tips will transform your closet into endless outfit options.

Winter Capsule Wardrobe 101:

Attention to detail // It does take effort to look effortless. Play around with tucking your tops, cuffing your pants, layering, de-layering, to find right balance to your look. A printed scarf or a simple belt can help to pull an outfit together.

Embrace versatility // The capsule wardrobe is not about trend driven items, embrace versatility by ensuring each piece can be worn at least three different ways.

Create a strong foundation // A strong foundation doesn’t always mean a big investment, but choosing a few pieces to invest in will create a starting point.

Find your “je ne sais quoi” // Fashion is meant to be fun, so incorporate color, print or texture where you can and most importantly express your personal style. Trends may come and go, but finding something extra can last a lifetime.

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Cable Pullover Sweater // A basic with a little texture will play perfectly against denim or a simple skirt.

Oversized Cardigan // A slip of a silky cami under an oversized cardigan captures the essence of French allure.

Stripe Sweater // Tie this over your shoulders with a monochromatic outfit as an effortless detail.

Classic Trench // It’s true that a classic trench can dress up nearly any outfit.

Collarless Coat // A structured or interesting piece of outerwear can update a basic look.

Silky Cami // A lace trim cami feels more elevated and therefore will help to elevate the whole look.

Crewneck Tee // The most practical piece that will never go out of style – and goes with anything!

Button Down Shirt // I like this piece to fit a bit loose, but not too oversized. Play around with tucking or not to help style your look.

Blazer // This is a must have – and can be an outerwear replacement as the weather shifts.

Non-Denim Pant // Whether its a corduroy, a chino, or a trouser pant – something polished and non-denim is essential. I would recommend getting the same silhouette as your most worn denim so that your shoe options can be the same.

Straight Leg Jean // A clean, non-distressed, no raw hem pair of jeans in a straight leg fit is crucial to the capsule wardrobe foundation.

Mini Skirt // This item may feel like an outlier, but French style is definitely about mixing separates. Rather than turning to your LBD, turn to the LBS (little black skirt). Opt for a pair of sheer tights to make this more seasonally appropriate.

Printed scarf// Tie this on your bag, hair, or neck for that perfectly placed accessory.

Belt // Don’t underestimate the power of a simple belt. This can help to break up a monochromatic look, dress up denim, and add that perfect little cinch.

Knee High Boots // This shoe silhouette lends itself to feeling dressier. I like the low heel to make these super walkable and the stretchy shaft for extra comfort.

Flat Boots // A low heel or flat boot is always perfect for walking the streets of Paris or Philadelphia. The slightly higher shaft allows these to fit perfectly under the straight-leg hem.

Flats // The ballet flat had a big revival this year and always looks chic.

Colorful Sneaker // Give your feet a break with a fun pair of sneakers. This is another opportunity to play with color or express your personal style.

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