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For us, New Yorkers are experts in curating dark, minimalist and polished wardrobes. They have the best LBDs and work clothes. Angelenos, on the other hand, is not afraid of colorful, casual clothes. You can quickly put together an outfit that accompanies you from brunch to dinner. Then there are the French, who may have the most famous fashion somewhere. What makes it so fascinating? Perhaps her focus is on classic pieces like tailored denim and silk undershirts. Maybe it's because of the ease with which they style themselves. In any case, the world still expects the best fashion insights from the French.
The question arises: Can we Americans do our French-ify wardrobes without actually shopping in France? How would French women shop if they went to a normal American mall? What brands and items would you buy? Which businesses would you stop first? Fortunately we have the low down. Keep scrolling to see the five items three French women would buy in an American mall (because we think this is something worth knowing).
If there's a basic garment that French women love, it's a classic cardigan. They wear them in all materials, colors and prints, button them up to wear them on their own, or leave them open to reveal a silk shirt or a plain T-shirt underneath. Fortunately, undershirts are just as common in American malls as they are in high-end boutiques in France.
Whether with a medium or high heel, large or short or glossy or matt, French women love black boots with heels. Black boots not only go with almost everything, but are also generally flattering, reserved and elegant. This is exactly how we would describe the French style.
High waist jeans are particularly flattering because they constrict you at the waist. If you have the right fit, you will feel surprisingly comfortable. Wear them with the black boots mentioned above and a thick sweater that you can pocket at the front (yes, it's French prey).
Blazers are the easiest way to stage an outfit (and as we know, the key to French fashion is an aura of effortlessness). Are you wearing a silky slip dress? Throw a blazer over it for a more fitting look. Wearing jeans and a t-shirt? Put on a blazer for more shine.
If ease is the first key to French fashion, layering must be the second. Whether it's a cardigan or a blazer or a jacket, French women always layer their clothes (it's functional as well as modern). One thing they always have on hand is a thick sweater or two. Choose a neutral color or a strong print. As long as it's thick and flaky and warm, the sky is the limit.
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