We all know it’s true: It’s hard to be chic in the winter, but there are ways to avoid getting in that seasonal rut. Our secret? Turning to French girls whenever we’re craving some much-needed style inspo.
Bulky coats cover up even the chicest of outfits and hats can ruin the best hair days, but the French have managed to nail winter dressing (let’s be honest, just like how they nail dressing year-round). The best part? They’re all about comfort and convenience, which means that taking a tip from their book doesn’t require too much effort.
So how do they stay warm and cozy while looking like they’re ready for a close-up? We investigated so you don’t have to. Read on for seven French-girl styling tips to stay warm (and chic!) all season long.
Opt for oversized everything
French girl secret #1: Opt for all your winter items in an oversized style. Long jackets that look slightly too big and scarves that could double as blankets not only keep you insanely warm and cozy even in the coldest of temperatures, but they also look more like intentional fashion statements than seasonal must-haves to survive the weather.
Let your accessories make a statement
Since you’ll probably be bundled up in a coat until spring, why not make your accessories stand out instead of your clothing? Especially if you don’t want to buy coats for every outfit or occasion (because who does?), opt for statement purses or other accessories like hats and shoes that will add an eye-catching element to a neutral jacket and jeans.
Make use of your tights
Before you pack up your shorts and skirts until summer, know that tights are officially back in style (French girls say so!). Pair black tights with more oversized styles in darker colors to look appropriate with the season and wear a long coat and knee-high boots for the 2021 way to rock shorts in the winter.
Add a sweater dress to your wardrobe
When you do feel like wearing a dress, why not dress up in a midi or maxi sweater dress (it’s like a Snuggie but way chicer)? Find a long-sleeve or turtleneck option for extra warmth, and if the weather is extra cold, pair with boots to keep your calves warm.
Wear a turtleneck under everything
Nobody layers quite like the French. From trench coats to button-ups, French girls can teach us a thing or two about how to layer in the most effortlessly chic way possible. Luckily for those of us in colder weather, layering also keeps us warm. Whether it’s a button-up, blouse, or even another sweater, toss a thin turtleneck underneath for extra warmth and detail.
Try faux leather
If you’ve ever worn faux leather in LA (AKA me), you’ll know that nothing keeps you warmer (read: faux leather seals in all the sweat). The stylish fabric not only keeps you warm but also upgrades any OOTD for a chicer look, whether it’s a puffer coat, blazer, shacket, or trousers.
Have a go-to statement coat
French girls know that the key to effortlessly chic style is to have their outfit feature one statement-making piece while keeping everything else simple. Especially in the winter, when all you want to wear is jeans and a sweater, a statement coat will be a godsend when you want to show off your style while staying warm and comfortable (as if you needed another reason to never take off your coat).