Hi everyone, it’s Justine. Last week we talked about style rules that French women often agree on and follow when they get dressed. Today, I’d like to go a bit deeper than that, and tell you about the essential pieces in a French wardrobe. I guess there are like 10 of them that literally every French woman owns. So we’ll go through that top 10 of essentials and at the end of this video, I’d like to give you some shopping tips to choose and pick your key pieces “the French way”, so stick with me. First, let’s start with the top then. Number 1: a white, crisp, tailored shirt with a marked waist. It’s standing for urban, active and elegant when you’re working or if you’re sitting in a café. White shirts are also worn during leisure time in Paris, it’s not something reserved to week days or to work purposes. You also see women wearing shirts during weekends. Number 2: an elegant blazer in France is not overdressed, it’s just right and if it’s a bit silky, a bit shiny, If it has studs on it or on the shoulders or if it has a tuxedo light color then it’s even better. It can be fitted an [n] [quad] taylor if you wear it just over simple top or it can be oversized and even double-breasted if you wear it as an outerwear piece like on this picture. That’s the editor-in-Chief of French Vogue, Emmanuelle Alt Number 3: ballerinas or alternatively loafers are a must in Paris, because you don’t wear sneakers to work. That’s not really usual. But you do need to walk a lot throughout the day, especially if you have to change subway lines during your commute. Subway stations in Paris have endless corridors and stairways so you definitely need a good pair of flats. Number 4: so let me get this straight, the black dress does not have to be little to work. The fact that it fits your body well is much more important. If you’re a pear shaped body, you might want to go for an A-line dress. If you don’t like your arms, you might want to opt for the long sleeve versions etc I did a video series on how to dress for your body shape, for your body type so I’m not gonna go into details in this video right here But you’ll find that series on my channel. The idea of the black dress is that it’s your best possible silhouette And that black is always chic, so when in doubt or when you don’t have anything to wear, you can always wear black. Number 5: a very, very good black t-shirt with the V-Neck or a crew neck That is flowy and loose enough to move around you when you move and long enough to be tucked into your pants if you want to and then the exact same t-shirt in white and a few other colors. Once you have found your perfect t-shirt shape staple get several ones. Number 6: a nice turtleneck sweater in a good cut in your true size will always look elegant You can pick black or maybe a neutral hue that flatters your skin tone. Think that you are gonna wear that sweater in winter when your skin is paler anyway so you need that color to be flattering. Think of cashmere, for instance It’s so soft that you could wear it on bare skin and then you have the feeling that you’re getting hugged all day. A nice fabric is important for that sweater to feel great. French women will all tell you, if you feel great it shows and you also look great. Once you have that perfect sweater, add French perfume on top and then everybody else will also want to hug you. Number 7: a well fitted pair of dark blue jeans can be styled down with sneakers or up with a blazer and a nice pair of heels. So in France it is seen as a very versatile piece of clothing much more than clear jeans, which always look more casual and that’s not good if you want to go out in those pants later. Also, bleached jeans mean a lot more pollution during the production process and it wastes a lot of water and bleaching damages the fibers, so your clear jeans won’t last as long as dark ones. No brainer. Number 8: a huge scarf is a nice accessory no matter which season you live in. In winter, it can be made of wool and in summer, for instance, lightweight cotton. It can have a print on it, so it’s gonna be the accent color in your outfit otherwise made of probably solid colors. You can simply wrap it around your neck like here or you can tie it in the front to look a bit more formal. And if you have smelly neighbors in the subway, you know very practical. Number 9: you need a purse into which you can throw everything you need during the whole day makeup, snacks, books, computer, gym clothes, heels if you’re going out after work. Think of Mary Poppins you know, she opens the bag and pulls out no matter what you need. Yeah, that’s the idea. Number 10: a pair of black, high, pointy heels. The type that hurts, but makes your legs look fabulous. Think of Saint Laurent stilettos, this kind, like your basic, typical, super chic, black heels. You can’t really walk in them, but you have flats with you in your huge handbag so you’re fine. Now, when French women go shopping, they seriously prioritize quality over quantity. How to do that? Very simple: I have a method in 4 points, 4 questions So, question 1: does that piece fit with at least half of what’s already in my wardrobe? Second: will I want to wear that for at least 10 or even 20 years, or is it something fashionable and it’s gonna go out of fashion at some point? Number 3: is the quality so high that I can wash it at least 50 times And it’s still gonna look good and have its shape? Number 4: it’s actually not a question, it’s a challenge You go home without buying the piece. You wait 24 hours and if then you still want it, you can go get it. It can be silly, but it actually prevents impulse purchases and impulses are the main reason why we buy too fast clothes that are too cheap. On a scale from 0 to 10, how many of those pieces do you own already? Or I should say on a scale from 0 to 10, how French are you? Do you have further questions about French style? ‘Cause I have to admit it’s a fun topic for me to reflect and discuss about, so I’m happy to answer any questions you might have. Give this video a thumb up if you liked it. Thank you. I see you soon for a new video I now upload every Wednesday and Sunday. Until then, take care. Bye!

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100 thoughts on “10 wardrobe essentials for French style | “Parisian chic” | Justine Leconte”

  1. I am 100 percent Italian but I think and act like a French woman!!! I’m soooo happy I found your videos!! Love it💕

  2. @Justine… I have a question. What are the French essential jewelry accessories? Thanks! Loved the video and I did score well!

  3. This list is wonderful and I've instinctually purchased almost everything. It was surprising there was no mention of skirts. Also, I hate the way I look in turtlenecks, but I do own v-neck cashmere sweaters for winter.

  4. I've only just discovered you and I find you and your videos fantastic! I usually stay away from vloggers, youtubers etc… They all seem so egocentric. But your knowledge, your endless class your spontaneity have really captured me and now I'm just addicted to your channel. And I'm learning so much! Merci Justine ❤🇨🇵

  5. I
    Love your videos and adore 🥰 your style. You’ve taught me a lot on less is more. Stay well & I definitely gave you a thumbs 👍 up. 🤗 from New York City 🌃

  6. I don't own a lot of clothes. I wear basic items and make them unique with scarves, simple jewelry, or a hat.

  7. I am French and feel so French right now after watching this video cause it's exactly the way I dress 😂

  8. I am Italian, I have all these iconic pieces! 😍 My motto is: combine quality with style. Kiss from Italy 💋 I follow you with pleasure

  9. Thank you for that 4-rule lifestyle! You have cured my impulsive shopping disease. xoxo from Portugal

  10. I've been wanting to get those pieces for years, but I'm still a student so for the moment I get these in a quality I can afford and I'll upgrade when I get a salary ^^' (I live in Switzerland so 1. Everything is hella expensive and 2. We don't have good quality shops that are not selling their T-shirts 100 chf)(If anyone got one though, I'd love to know!!)

  11. Those shoes are impossible. Working class people must wear practical shoes.
    Can you do a video for older women. We have foot problems, blazers make us look bulky. This advice is for young slender people who wear high heels.

  12. Thanks for the tips! French women have always been a mystery to me, what with their seemingly innate, natural charm and such…
    P S This lipstick colour looks GORGEOUS on you

  13. Really enjoyed this informative video. I have been trying very hard to follow your instructions in your videos. I have pared down my wardrobe a lot. I donated all of my clothes to a charity and now have what you would consider a capsule wardrobe. The only thing I lack is a blazer. Am hunting for the best one that will fit me perfectly and go well with a lot of my pieces. Keep up the good videos. We all love them.

  14. Je les ai tous ! Mais bon, j'habite en France.

    I have them all, but I live in France. Very good videos, thank you!

  15. Im so glad i found your videos!!!! Can you recommend please where to buy good quality white and black t shirts????? Thank you:-)

  16. I'm trying both to become more minimalist and improve my style. I really feel the French "rule of thumb" lend well to that. Thank you!

  17. Je ne suis d'accord pour les ballerines c'est horrible comme chaussures, de plus cela fait longtemps qu'en France perçonne ne les portes (à Monaco en tout cas), sinon good job continue comme ça ❤

  18. I have nine of ten. All of then but the blazer. I live in Rio de Janeiro and in most part of the year is too hot to wear a blazer… but I own a ligth scarf for the not so cold winter nigths.

  19. Your make up and earrings really suit you.💗 good video😊👍 When you say clear Jeans do you mean light blue/ bleached Jeans?
    p.s I think it gets harder and harder to find good quality clothes. Many brands that used to make quality clothes, make cheaper clothes to contend with fast fashion!

  20. Pretty much general European style. Go allover the large cities in Europe and you'll find the same. Beautiful

  21. I once waited overnight for a Ralph Lauren blazer. It fit PERFECTLY, but it was spendy for my budget. Slept on it, thought more about it, and it still looks great today (20 years later).

  22. So basically I dress very french already without even knowing it (except the high heels thing – I just can't walk in them and I don't own any).

  23. I’m a black woman from the US and just realized I have been French most of my adult life . Minimum makeup , basic quality pieces that fit well(timeless) , SOOOO much skincare lol ( even my 11/8 year old girls have a simple skin routine ) etc . I thank my mom for these instructions

  24. Hello! I love your videos. I have a question about a guideline you mentioned in french dressing: wearing only two colors (jeans do not count). Do accessories count or a black and white?

    I am a teacher and on my feet a lot and love my clogs. I have a pair of dark orangy/red clogs that I wear with a matching bracelet and sometimes as a contrast with all blue or black and other times with a print that has a similar color. Does that seem too much? What about navy shoes? I wear black and navy together, usually in the winter, but I also have navy blue sandals that I wear with my work outfits that match. Do navy shoes age me?

  25. I have a collection of LBDs, both bought and self-made.
    They're so great because you can dress them up or down and if the fabric is not too thin you can wear it in colder temperatures.

  26. I love this topic! It's really so hard to find quality clothing that are properly tailored. I live in North America so much of the clothing are fast fashion and it's disappointing to see how younger generations are dressing and presenting themselves. We need more educational videos like this!!

  27. So. I don’t know why, I’m seeing your videos for the first time ever and I just believe you. I ordered some pointed black heels and 2 blazers after seeing this within a few hours. I’m not an impulse shopper, I don’t know what happened.

  28. Thank you! I am revising my small wardrobe, and this is very helpful. I still need a pair of black ankle boots, the black dress and the jeans. I also appreciate your videos about color.

  29. I could not care less what French women wear. I love listening to you talk, and I like hearing your explanations of why. I love that you say very little as a matter of opinion, but with a rationale that is logical. Please find endless topics to yammer about!

  30. Great video! I have many black items in my wardrobe but I'm not sure that is my best color. I am fair with blonde hair and I sometimes feel overwhelmed by black. I struggle to find another neutral that is so easy to find and incorporate with other items that I own. What is your opinion on fair blondes wearing black and do you have any suggestions on another neutral that is so easy to work with?

  31. I have always dressed basically this way (except the scarves but I have many now). However, dressing like this creates problems at work for me. My boss complains that I do not wear enough bright colors and pastels… too much black and not keeping up with the trendy clothing styles. I am older, low key but love looking sharp. My boss embraces every new look that comes along even if it is too young for her. Evidently a professional work look is topoop boring to her lol

  32. Think I’m fairly French style except turtle necks are a big no no for me. I hate things tight right up around my neck. I just hate it. I need my neck to be free. (I love scarves but they are worn loose with me) I love jumpers but not this style. I don’t think turtle neck suits me either as a broad shouldered girl. Also I never wear denim or jeans. Again just taste I don’t like it. I’m very much dresses and skirts kind of person. I do own a pair of jeans but they are for washing the car only lol. Other than that you’ve pretty much described me! I’m super fussy over my purchases.

  33. Hi Justine… love your accent and your style…I already have most of what you discussed…I remember seeing a Vivene Westwood video some time ago…. and what she said has stayed with me…buy well and you won't have to buy often… but you must take care of what you buy… there was a time when I couldn't buy well… but I am thankful now that I can…I also don't need as much now… because I am older… thanks again and keep the videos coming…

  34. I don't know why, but i subscribed after you were recommended. I've been watching many vidoes of yours and found out i have the Egyptian foot 😉

  35. I’ve started looking online at French clothing stores to see if I can find the high quality items like women’s dress shirts

  36. Surprisingly for me, I have 6/10. I have never paid much attention to my style, but I want to start making an effort and your tips are fantastic for a beginner like me! Merci beaucoup

  37. Surprisingly for me, I have 6/10. I have never paid much attention to my style, but I want to start making an effort and your tips are fantastic for a beginner like me! Merci beaucoup

  38. Oh, I am so not a French dresser! (0 out of 10!) I love quality over quantity but all of these are so uncomfortable to me. Purses, scarves, button ups blazers and denim make me want to crawl out of my skin!

  39. I own 9 of the 10! But I can’t wear button-up shirts because my bust is too big, the buttons always gape. 😔

  40. I love your videos and values on fashion so much. I really appreciate your minimalistic and ethical yet chic style.
    I read The Minimalists book at the beginning of 2018 and it completely changed my wardrobe, at 23 I used to buy clothes on a weekly or fortnightly basis and I didn't even like them. I had the common issue of a wardobe packed full of clothes and nothing to wear. It caused me a lot of stress, especially because so many of my clothes didn't fit or flatter me well which left me hating my body.
    I am now working on slowly upgrading the pieces I have as they wear out. I never realised before how quickly fast fashion falls apart until I actually had to wear pieces on a weekly if not daily basis. My only struggle now is finding affordable-ish high quality pieces in Australia. I am a big fan of second hand, however about 90% of it is often fast fashion – especially in the cheaper second hand shops. I am currently on the hunt for the higher end second hand shops (which still offer a great deal considering the pieces original costs), and brands where I can buy great new pieces that will last 10+ years.
    One of the biggest lessons I have learnt is fast fashion is expensive! I only wish I had saved the money I wasted on it and kept it for higher quality pieces – I would probably have a designer wardobe!
    Keep up the great work 🙂 x

  41. All those are great, but also very basic – not everyone looks chic in a black tee and jeans. For example, my phenotype makes me look plain, unless I am wearing fully tailored clothes and colours (not black/white/beige). I envy those thin chic french women you show!

  42. Hi I have taken your advice 4 classic blazers 4 plain court shoes 4 loafers 2 classic trousers I navy I black . T shirts I black 4 white , nice fitted jeans, classic rain coat, camel and one black, a neutral handbag a navy handbag a black handbag various scarves, with nice matching leather gloves, crisp cotton shirts selection of pencil skirts , I have been buying all my clothes for about two years and they still look fabulous, so thank you for helping me regards liz x

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