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10 Classic French Outfits From H&M (Inspired by Real-Life French Girls)

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This may not be a surprise, but I’ll say it anyway: I’m in love with the French girl style. They have a knack for polished and chic styles and French girls just instinctively know how to put together a chic look. While stylish French women have their own distinct personal style, there are some key pieces that are essential to French fashion. Think ballet flats, a tailored blazer, loafers, elevated basics, a pair of straight-leg jeans, a trench coat, and more.

But the question is, where do they shop for these timeless pieces? Well, a lot of the French love vintage and high-end brands like Sézane, Sandro, Maje, and Isabel Marant. Unfortunately, we don’t have the same access to their vintage stores and high-end brands can be out of reach for most people.

But thankfully, you can replicate the French look with budget-friendly pieces from H&M. You’ve been requesting affordable French outfits, so without further ado, here are budget-friendly outfits inspired by French women (and French style enthusiasts)!

1. little black dress + white button-down + tights + block heels

French girl outfits from H&M

dress | button-down | tights | shoes

Use the white shirt as a layering piece over a little black dress to channel your inner French girl. Accessorize the French way with black sheer tights for an alluring yet polished look. And of course, you can’t forget to pop on cat-eye shades.

The color palette has a lot of versatile neutral colors, which creates the perfect look, but adding a bright color like red is a stylish twist. These statement red heels give the button-down shirt a Parisian Fashion Week update.

2. winter coat + red sweater + beret + black jeans

french girl outfits from H&M
Classic French outfits

coat | sweater | beret | jeans

Look like you are about to take a winter stroll on the streets of Paris by recreating this second look. Stay warm and stylish by sporting a cozy coat over a red sweater this cold weather season.

And don’t forget to accessorize with a French wardrobe staple: a beret hat. The black paired with red makes this color combo the perfect one to rock in the winter season.

3. coat + button-down shirt + sweater + sunglasses + jeans + slingback heels

classic French outfits
Classic French outfits

coat | button-down | sweater | sunglasses | jeans | heels

This classy outfit is the kind of look you can wear to most formal occasions. Think office meetings or dinners. Emulate Aida’s classic French style by layering a black sweater over a white shirt. It’s a great way of creating a preppy look.

Top off the sweater with a camel-hued trench coat to bring some contrast to this black look. Pair the sweater with black pants and slingback pumps to create a sophisticated feel.

4. coat + jeans + ankle boots + beret + shoulder bag

classic French outfit

coat | ankle boots | beret | shoulder bag | jeans

One thing a stylish French woman loves most is a beautiful coat. But there is a good reason why they are enamored with this classic piece; it’s great for instantly elevating a casual look.

Juny Breeze teamed up her subtly detailed coat with a Dior shoulder bag and the overall outfit looks polished. Though that specific accessory is expensive, you can easily use a more budget-friendly shoulder bag to get the same look. Lastly, the best pair of shoes to style with this look are ankle boots.

5. shorts + white button-down shirt + straw bag + sunglasses + sandals

french girl outfits from H&M

shorts | button-down shirt | straw bag | sunglasses | sandals | baseball cap

Want to have a French girl-inspired summer next year? First things first, you will need a French girl staple: a straw tote bag. This accessory has a “summer in the south of France” type of vibe and will make your outfit look summery and chic.

The next thing you will need is black high-waisted shorts for effortless stylish dressing. Pair the shorts with a breezy shirt to keep you cool and sophisticated in the heat. Shield your face in style by accessorizing with a baseball cap, and finally, slip on some laid-back and chic sandals.

Related: What To Wear for a European Summer (Whether You’re Traveling to Europe or Not)

6. black sweater + white button-down shirt + black skirt + black tights

french girl outfits from H&M

sweater | button down shirt | skirt | tights | heels | earrings

There is nothing classier than a black dress or skirt, so of course, you’ll find it in a French woman’s wardrobe. It’s a versatile piece that has the power to dress up any top!

To dress it up, pair it with a basic black sweater and white button-down top to give it a chic flair. Complete your outfit with sleek black heels and jewels for a fancy look.

7. slip skirt + tank top + straw bag + sandals

french girl outfits from H&M

slip skirt | tank top | straw bag | sandals | necklace

You simply can’t go wrong with a slip skirt, especially when it comes in a fun color for the spring and summer seasons. Take style notes from Vernonique and style yours with a basic white tank top. The neutral top helps to balance out the bright shade of the skirt.

For an easygoing touch, slip on sandals. Now your outfit is ready for your trip to the farmers market!

8. blazer + white shirt + jeans + loafers + black bag

classic French outfits

blazer | jeans | white shirt | loafers | bag | earrings

This entire look is the signature style of French fashion lovers. If you want to recreate this style, take notes from Parisian influencer Samira and give a black blazer a French update by pairing it with blue jeans for a laid-back touch.

Dress up the pair of jeans with a pair of loafers that are equally practical and sophisticated. And, of course, accessorize it with a wear-with-everything bag.

9. houndstooth coat + sweater + jeans + ankle boots + bag

french girl outfits from H&M

coat | jeans | sweater | boots | bag | sunglasses | belt

Long coats have long been a staple in French women’s style and Parisian influencer Samira has demonstrated how to pull it off. She opted for a head-turning houndstooth print coat that brings life to her look.

She paired it with a black turtleneck sweater and straight-leg jeans to keep the attention on the coat. To finish off the look, the Parisian influencer added some black ankle boots and cat-eye sunglasses. If you want to jazz up your winter outfits, try out this look!

10. blazer dress + boots + belt + beret

French outfits

blazer dress | boots | belt | beret

If you’re looking for ideas on how to add an edgy vibe to your classic pieces, take notes from this Parisian curvy influencer. An oversized blazer gets an edgy twist when paired with these chunky boots.

A belt helps to define the waist while the beret adds that classic Parisian touch. Finish off your look with minimal jewelry and you’re good to go.

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You may think that creating French outfits is only doable if the pieces are from expensive French brands, but that’s not the case. H&M has all the chic and budget-friendly pieces you need to put together classic French outfits.

If you love looks from H&M and plan on taking a warm weather trip to escape the cold, then here are even more outfits you can try: 14 Budget-Friendly Classic Summer Outfits From H&M You’ll Want to Copy This Season

classic French outfits
classic French outfits
Carolyn Arentson
Carolyn is the founder and creator behind My Chic Obsession. When she's not dreaming up new content, you can find her watching a funny tv show with her husband, raising her two boys, or planning her next trip to Paris.