For summer, slip dresses and miniskirts are abundant. But come autumn, the slight temperature drop adds useful layering elements like cardigans and blazers. Delicate ballet flats finish a lot of classic French looks, and a basket bag on hand will have you passing as a local in no time. Just like us Brits, the French rely on a staple trench coat for unpredictable weather, and no one can deny the power and ease of styling a Breton top. These are just a few of the staples that French girls wear on repeat during the transition months from summer to autumn. For the full list, keep scrolling.
Style Notes: Sleek tailoring is a big part of French style, and a classic blazer can take a simple look from good to great. Oversized styles add a laid-back feel that's inherent to French style and have just as much impact over jeans as with a full tailored silhouette.
2. FLARED JEANS
Style Notes: Fun fact: Denim originated in France. If you're looking for the French girl's favourite cut, a flare style is always en vogue.
Style Notes: As a layering element or worn with nothing underneath, a classic cardigan proves its versatility. Matching to your accessories like Emmanuelle did also looks incredibly chic. Just pair with staple jeans.
4. FLORAL DRESSES
Style Notes: Floral dresses may seem like more of a summer staple, but in truth, it's easy to style these all year round. To take this from sunshine styling to crisp autumn days, simply add a cardigan or blazer, and enjoy your florals every season.
5. BASKET BAGS
Style Notes: While living in France, more often than not, I had a basket bag to hand for collecting a fresh baguette or filling with flowers from the local market. This style of bag is a favourite amongst our French fashion friends as well. Plus, they're useful all year round, from city to beach.
6. WHITE BLOUSES
Style Notes: French style often has a romantic feel, and few items show this as prominently as a classic blouse. Sweet design details like ruching and puff sleeves often feature and pair easily with all the other staples.
7. TAILORED TROUSERS
Style Notes: This is a staple that we're completely on board with. Tailored trousers have gained popularity in recent years, with wide-leg or slouchy styles being just as prominent as classic cropped styles. See just how easy these staples combine for a classic French look.
8. BRETON STRIPES
Style Notes: Breton tops are one of the few characterisations that are a reality. This striped style has been a classic wardrobe staple for years and has a nautical nod that has us daydreaming of the Côte d'Azur. Port side or not, a Breton top easily combines with your other wardrobe staples and looks instantly elevated.
9. TRENCH COAT
Style Notes: Autumn often brings unpredictable weather, with cooler moments and brighter days that call for the ultimate do-it-all coat: the trench coat. A lightweight waterproof will beat the weather while looking classically stylish.
10. BALLET FLATS
Style Notes: A classic pair of ballet flats is the sleek and minimalist way to complete any outfit, be it jeans, dresses or tailored trousers.