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The Chic Pieces That Make Up a Parisian Winter Wardrobe

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Looking chic while staying warm-pretty much everyone’s winter goal, right? Good thing we can take style notes from Parisian women, who effortlessly manage to do both! After searching the web for French outfit inspiration, I put together this list of the key elements that make up a Parisian winter wardrobe!

Parisian Winter Wardrobe

COATS

Puffer Coat
Puffer coats tend to give off more athletic vibes, but French women still add that chic element by pairing their puffer coat with slim denim and a classic handbag. To achieve a timeless look to your puffer coat outfit, look for one in a neutral color and cropped length.

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Elegant Outerwear
Puffer coats are great for casual and laid-back outfits, but no wardrobe is complete without at least one elegant coat. In this case, elegant means something long in a high-quality fabric. For your best elegant outerwear, look for a wool coat in a classic silhouette. You can never go wrong with a solid, neutral color. Don’t be afraid to get one with details either- such as a belt tie, tortoiseshell buttons, or faux fur collar.

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Faux Fur Coat
A faux fur coat is a great addition to have in your wardrobe for many reasons! Not only is it fun to wear, but it’s warm too. Plus the texture can add an extra dimension to your outfit. Usually, you’d want your elegant outerwear to be classic, but with a faux fur coat, it’s a great opportunity to have some fun with colors and prints!

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Oversized Men’s Blazer
Parisian women believe that oversized is chic and that every wardrobe should have a mix of feminine and masculine pieces! These blazers are great for layering too and look fabulous over a sweater. Whether you wear an oversized blazer over your favorite pair of jeans or your knit sweater dress, you really can’t go wrong.

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Chunky Cardigan
Your fall and winter wardrobe isn’t complete without a chunky knit. A chunky knit cardigan always looks great with jeans and ankle boots. Layer with your classic coat if the weather calls for it. This will be your new go-to outfit!

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TOPS

Sweater
Whether you have a chunky sweater, a turtleneck, or a cashmere sweater, it all works. A sweater is a wardrobe staple, whether you’re French or not! You can wear it with jeans or dress pants, skirts or dresses. In this item, you are guaranteed to look cute and winter weather appropriate!

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ACCESSORIES

Simple Handbag
It may come as no surprise that Parisian women like to keep their accessories simple. If you don’t have it already, look for a small and simple handbag to add to your wardrobe this season. You can never go wrong with a neutral color with a classic detail (like a gold chain).

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BOTTOMS

Jeans
Of course, no Parisian wardrobe is complete without their tried and true denim. As you can see, cropped flares are the go-to, but straight and slim legs are favorites as well. In the winter, you’ll want to wear these jeans with ankle boots.

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Related: How to Wear Jeans Like a French Girl

SHOES

Ankle Boots
If you only get one pair of shoes, this is it! Don’t skimp here because you can wear these all fall and winter season long, plus they go with pretty much any bottoms too. Look for black or brown for your investment pair and preferably leather, so you don’t have to deal with snow and fabric.

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Tall Boots
Tall or knee-high boots with a heel are a super chic way to stay warm and protect your legs from the winter elements. They can be worn under skirts or dresses and over jeans!

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DRESSES

Sweater dress
Sweater dress + knee-high boots= perfect combo. Parisian wardrobe essentials and outfits are pretty simple and not much are needed to look chic and put together! Sometimes two items are all you need.

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Thankfully, nothing on this list is too complicated. These wardrobe staples will benefit your wardrobe all fall and winter.

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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.