If French girls possess a birthright to dictate worldwide trends with their effortless, edgy style, autumn is the best time to take some of their cues and invest in a perfect coat. It might seem easy at first but a Parisian has her very strict criteria that a coat should meet before making the purchase. We’ve looked at hundreds of streetstyle pics to verify what makes a great coat à la française. Well, we can call ourselves experts now so sit back, relax and check our tips before hitting the stores.
#1 Pick a je ne sais quoi silhouette
By je ne sais quoi, we mean an oversized, edgy shape that will not show your curves but wrap you like a blanket. The best idea is to pair it with yet another oversized piece – a knit. There is something very sensual about not revealing your physical features and appearing as if you’ve just stolen a piece of outerwear from your boyfriend’s closet. So don’t be afraid to go for a wide-shouldered, double-breasted coat which, when made of soft wool or cashmere (even better), will probably last you a lifetime.
#2 Play it classy
What’s more iconic than a beige trench coat? A retro beige trench coat! With epaulettes, a wide collar and a loose cut. Again, the rule is simple: Do not reveal but hide. Match classics with other classics such as jeans, white basic T-shirts and sneakers. Add some radiance to the look with a red lipstick. Stand out without standing out – a trench will definitely help you do that. And if you’re still not convinced, we advise that you that look at the pictures of Anna Karina from the 1960s!
#3 Pick timeless patterns
Check, polka dots or gingham – French girls know that some prints never go out of fashion and these are exactly the ones you should go for. Not only do they carry a slightly retro feel but also they break with the monotony of “total black” looks we tend to observe with the arrival of a colder season. Pick soft browns, beige or grey instead.
#4 Wrap yourself
A tip for truly cold days? French girls have no doubt: a wrap coat! This dream silhouette is loose yet it can be cinched in the waist thanks to the belt. It will enhance the proportions of your body and add a feminine touch to the simplest look. In autumn – when we all dream to stay cosy – this easy trick will let you add some spice to your outfit.
#5 Feel yourself
No matter how trivial it may sound, it is true and there are never enough reminders that tell us we need to feel good in our own skin. The Instagrams we’ve looked at presented fashion-aware women yet rarely have their pictures been meticulously edited or rarely have these women worn make-up. Au naturel is a motto we swear by so leave it all to a dream autumn coat. It will do the job.