French Summer Capsule Wardrobe. Timeless Style Guide

A French summer capsule wardrobe is typically characterized by its simplicity, versatility, and timeless style. It typically consists of a small collection of high-quality, classic clothing pieces that can be mixed and matched to create a variety of different outfits. Nathalie Neuilly, capsule wardrobe styling coach, will share the list of top pieces if you want to look as a Parisian woman.

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How to Create a French Summer Capsule Wardrobe?

To begin with, the French approach to fashion emphasizes quality over quantity and encourages investing in well-made pieces that will last for years rather than trendy, fast-fashion items that will quickly go out of style.  When it comes to French summer style,  french women are known for building a wardrobe full of timeless pieces. Dressing effortlessly each season with a few key essential items of transitional clothing that are wardrobe fail-safes offer more versatility and makes outfit planning all the merrier. 

Here are some suggestions:

  1. Breton striped shirt
  2. White cotton t-shirt
  3. Blue chambray shirt
  4. Linen shirt
  5. High-waisted denim shorts
  6. White/blue denim jeans
  7. Tailored shorts in a neutral color (e.g. beige or khaki)
  8. Midi skirt in a flowy fabric (e.g. silk or chiffon)
  9. Cotton sundress
  10. Espadrilles
  11. Leather sandals
  12. Straw hat
  13. Oversized sunglasses
  14. Simple crossbody bag

With these pieces, you can create a variety of outfits for different occasions. For example, you can pair the Breton striped shirt with the high-waisted denim shorts for a casual day out, or dress up the midi skirt with the linen button-up shirt and leather sandals for a more formal event. Don’t forget to accessorize with the straw hat and oversized sunglasses for a touch of French chic.



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“I encourage women to embrace their uniqueness and  help them find their personal style through styling coach sessions”

Nathalie Neuilly, capsule wardrobe style coach, CEO Dressarte Paris

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What do Parisians Wear in Summer?

A French summer capsule wardrobe, in particular, is perfect for warmer weather as it includes lightweight, breathable fabrics like cotton and linen, and classic styles that are both comfortable and chic. In general, a French summer capsule wardrobe is a practical, stylish, and sustainable way to approach fashion, and it’s no wonder that it has become so popular in recent years.

What is the 5 Piece French Wardrobe?

The 5 Piece French Wardrobe is a concept that originated in France and refers to a minimalist approach to building a wardrobe. The idea behind this concept is to invest in high-quality, timeless pieces that can be worn for many years, rather than buying trendy or cheap items that quickly go out of style or wear out.

The 5 Piece French Wardrobe consists of only five key pieces that are added to a person’s wardrobe each season. These pieces are meant to be high-quality and versatile, and they should be chosen carefully to complement the existing wardrobe. The five pieces can be anything from a classic blazer or a pair of tailored pants to a silk blouse or a pair of high-quality leather shoes.

The 5 Piece French Wardrobe concept encourages people to invest in quality over quantity, to choose pieces that are versatile and timeless, and to avoid impulse purchases that may not work with the rest of their wardrobe.

It is a sustainable and mindful approach to fashion that promotes a minimalist and curated wardrobe, and it has become increasingly popular in recent years as people seek to live more consciously and sustainably.

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How to Dress Like a French Woman 50+ in Summer?

Dressing like a French woman over 50 in the summer is all about embracing timeless, classic style, and investing in high-quality, versatile pieces.  Here are some tips for achieving a French-inspired summer wardrobe:

  1. Choose classic pieces. Opt for classic items such as a tailored blazer, a simple white blouse, a striped Breton top, a pair of well-fitting jeans or pants, and a simple shift dress. 
  2. Stick to a neutral color palette. Choose neutral colors such as white, beige, navy, and black, which can be easily mixed and matched to create a variety of outfits.
  3. Invest in high-quality accessories. Accessories are key to French style, and they can elevate any outfit. Opt for a pair of high-quality leather sandals or espadrilles, a straw tote bag, and a pair of oversized sunglasses.
  4. Embrace comfortable yet stylish shoes. Comfort is important, especially in the summer months. Invest in a pair of stylish yet comfortable shoes like loafers, ballet flats, or low-heeled sandals.
  5. Choose lightweight, breathable fabrics. In the summer, it’s important to choose fabrics that are lightweight and breathable, such as cotton, linen, and silk. These fabrics not only keep you cool, but they also have a luxurious feel that is quintessentially French.
  6. Accessorize with a scarf. Scarves are a staple of French style, and they can be worn in a variety of ways. Opt for a lightweight silk scarf that can be tied around your neck, worn as a headband, or tied to your handbag for a touch of Parisian chic.

 By investing in high-quality, versatile pieces and embracing classic accessories, you can easily achieve a French-inspired wardrobe that works for any age.


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