French Chic: 5 retro Fashion Classics for Summer

French Chic: 5 minimalistische Modeklassiker im Retro-Look
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French Chic: Timeless fashion classics

French women are considered to be particularly stylish. However, typical French Chic does not include unusual it-pieces. No, the secret lies in restraint. Timeless classics and decent accessories ensure the incomparably casual yet stylish look à la Parisienne. In this article I will tell you which fashion classics for a retro look in French chic should not be missing in your wardrobe.

French Chic: The striped Shirt

RetroCat wearing a striped shirt with a red skirt

The one fashion classic inspired by French style is and remains the striped shirt. Even Coco Chanel liked to wear it and the striped top is probably still one of the most popular items of clothing today. No wonder, it looks so wonderfully relaxed but still stylish.

It can be combined with chic pants (see next point) or capri trousers, as well as with skirts. For that summery Riviera feeling, I recommend a classic striped shirt with a red skirt. Add a basket bag, sunglasses and wedges and you are perfectly dressed for a relaxing evening by the sea or in the city. On the other hand, the pimped version with sequins by Jean Paul Gaultier (via myTheresa*) is perfect for parties.

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Minimalist Fashion Classic: Simple Pants with Pleats

French Chic: RetroCat wearing a striped shirt and simple black pants

Whether in the office or on a shopping trip, plain black pants with pleats always fit and already looked great on Audrey Hepburn.

Pants like this are super easy to combine: whether with the aforementioned striped shirt for everyday wear, with an elegant blouse for the office or with a seductive corset (e.g. via Agent Provocateur*) for a date night with your loved one.

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Different & stylish: A Jumpsuit as an Alternative to a Dress

French chic: RetroCat wearing an elegant black Jumpsuit

The little black dress is and will remain the absolute fashion classic. But sometimes you we a change. In this case, I recommend a stylish black jumpsuit. This also looks très chic, but is simply something different.

A jumpsuit doesn’t need many accessories. A pair of pretty earrings, maybe a bracelet, pumps and a handbag – that’s it.

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Minimalist & très chic: A simple black Top

RetroCat wearing a black top and green pants

There are things that are so simple and yet so versatile that no wardrobe should be without them. One such piece of clothing is a plain black top (mine is from Heart of Haute via TopVintage*).

This goes well with colorful or beige trousers as well as with different skirts. It doesn’t matter whether you style it more casual with cool trousers and a basket bag, or seductively with a light pencil skirt and long gloves – this classic is simply an all-rounder.

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French Chic: A Gingham Dress for Summer

Gingham dress, voluminous hair, pouty lips and dark eyeliner – Brigitte Bardot’s look is iconic and stands for summery French Chic, perfect for a holiday on the Côte d’Azur.

I recommend a basket bag, a stylish straw hat and sunglasses with the checked summer dress. Depending on the occasion, I either wear ballet flats or pretty white sandals with the dress.

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