French Clothing 
Euro Chic-Is This Your Fashion Style? 

French Clothing-Euro Chic, is this your style?

What defines Euro Chic Fashion? European Chic style is quality and sophistication with fashion forward edginess. Euro style has a way of making it look easy. It's as though it takes on a life of it's own.

french clothing style

It's about paying attention to the quality and the details. You don't need a lot of clothing pieces in your closet. What you do have, should work well together. European chic French clothing is not trendy. It's not about showing off the labels you wear, that would be euro trash to put it bluntly.

Iconic Celebrity’s with French clothing style

Like most of us, you may find yourself looking to fashion celebrities and Hollywood for style inspiration. Here a few celebrities that wear the French clothing style.  Emmanuelle Alt is the editor and chief for Vogue Paris...say no more... Catherine Deneuve, Brigitte Bardot, Jane Birkin just to name a few. 

Frech Fashion Designers

Yves St. Laurent, Giorgio Armani and Coco Chanel are just a few icon fashion houses that exude European Chic.

Definition of French Clothing Style

French clothing is  a blend of edgy and classic and as the classic fashion style is, you don't have to try to look chic, it's because you are chic.

So what defines French fashion style? Here are few guidelines.

  1. You wear classic pieces with an edge. 
  2. You look polished and you pay attention to the details.
  3. You're not dictated to by trends, you create your own trend with style. 
  4. You realize French and Italian couture is very important in the relative aspect of life. 
  5. You definitely would not be caught in your workout wear anywhere but the gym. You don't wear sneakers in public, this would be fashion death.
  6. You wear quality with or without the high price tag.  

You don't have to pay excessively for this either.  Sew your own wardrobe. If choose do this, buy good quality fabrics and choose sewing patterns that reflect the examples of style given below.

 If you shop at a discount store, more often than not, you will get discount quality. That won't do for this fashion style.

If you are on a budget, shop the sale and clearance racks at the boutique shops or consignment stores in wealthy neighborhoods, you will be surprised what you find at a great price.

French clothing Style
Colors and Neutrals

Neutrals

french clothing neutrals
  • Charcoal Grey
  • Chocolate Brown 
  • Navy Blue
  • Black
  • White, 
  • Camel
  • Cream 

Colors

  • Deep Plums and Purples
  • Deep & Bright Reds
  • Golds

  • Animal Prints- Cheetah, Tiger, Snake, Crocodile 
  • Burnt Orange
  • Yellow Okra
  • Earthy Green

French Clothing
Euro Chic Fabrics

french style fabrics

French fashion is about quality. French clothing, shoes, handbags etc. are made with quality fabrics and leathers. 

  • Fine Wools
  • Boucle
  • Taffeta
  • Silk
  • Satin
  • Cashmere
  • Denim
  • Cotton
  • Lace
  • Leather/animal skin,Crocodile  

Euro Chic French Style Essentials

Tops, Blouses and Camis

Blouses are a staple for the Euro Chic style. They are worn with jeans or dress slacks and skirts for evening wear. 

french fashion tops
  • Silk tie blouse
  • Fitted cotton shirt
  • Lace blouse
  • Sleeveless blouse
  • Lace Camisoles

Euro Chic Skirts

french clothing style skjirts

Euro Chic skirts have movement of some kind. Whether it's gathers, layered ruffles, draping, or pleated, a skirt is not usually slim fitted. Here are some examples.

  •  Ruffled layered skirt
  • Denim Skirt
  • Gathered Skirt
  • Pleated Skirt
  • Draped Pencil Skirt

Euro Chic Pants

french clothing style pants

French Clothing style for pants, is  slim fitting, with the exception of a chic wide legged pair of jeans.

The length of your pants should not be too long or short. The front should just dust your shoes.

  • Wide Legged Jeans
  • White Trousers
  • Dressy Slacks with Sheen
  • Slim Fitting  Black Pants

Euro Chic Dresses

french style dresses

Euro Chic dresses, can be fitted or flowing.

Much like a skirt though there is style movement with pleats, gathers, ruching, and draping.

  • Shift Dress
  • Chiffon Dress
  • Fitted Dress with Draping

French Clothing Style
Blazers

french fashion

The Euro Chic blazer can be fitted, tuxedo,and  boyfriend over sized.

  • Fitted
  • Tuxedo
  • Oversize Style
  1. The fitted blazer is the go to blazer, for jeans, skirts and dresses. It works well with just about everything. I suggest having two, a dark and a light color in your closet. If this is not in the budget, then start with a dark grey or black.
  2. The tuxedo blazer is dressy with satin lapels and trim and is most often fitted. You can wear this blazer for day or night, but most often is worn after 5:00 PM.
  3. Over sized blazers, should not be sloppy. Your blazer should fit well at the shoulders. It is a little more of a boxy cut, "menswear look" but should not look like it is too big. The sleeves should be at the wrist in length, but rolling them up is a nice touch. The length should be at the hip. Where this blazer with skinny jeans or leggings to show a sleek silhouette.

Coats and Jackets

French Fashion Coat
  • Camel Winter Coat
  • Colored Winter Coat
  • Evening Wrap Coat
  • Short Cream Jacket
  • Neutral Boucle Jacket
  • Bright Color Short Jacket

Shoes

Euro chic style shoes almost always are heels, the only  exceptions may be flats with with embellishments of bows or buckles.

french style fashion shoes
  • Ankle Boots
  • T-Straps
  • Jewel Tone Flats
  • Delicate Ankle Strap Flats
  • Classic Pump
  • Sling Back

Euro Chic Accessories

Watches-Jewels

Fashion clothing accessories
  • Euro Chic accessories such as rings, bracelets, and watches are chunky show pieces.

Belts

Belts are skinny and wide usually black or animal print.

  • Waste Cincher
  • Skinny Black Belt
  • Skinny Gold Chain Belt
  • Wide Jewel Tone Crocodile Belt

Handbags 

Euro Chic Handbags

Euro Chic Handbags by monicahall featuring michael kors handbags

Some may disagree, but I say never buy a faux handbag. What I mean by faux is man made. You can find lesser priced leather  handbags that look expensive. In my opinion faux looks...well...fake. Euro chic French clothing  is never fake.

french clothing style handbags
  • Black Leather Day Bag
  • Clutch Bag
  • Quilted Chanel Bag
  • Oversize Travel Bag

Scarves and Gloves

Leather and cashmere what could be better? If the price tag is too high though, choose gloves with wool lining for warmth in your gloves and scarves that are a fine wool knit. 

  • Chunky Loop Scarf
  • Printed Scarf
  • Solid Color Scarf
  • Black leather Gloves & Buckles
  • Jewel Tone Leather Gloves
  • Wool or Cashmere lined Leather Gloves

Sewing Your Own French Style

Vogue Sewing pattern 9250

Sew Stitch Learn is all about learning to sew. Encouraging you to think outside the box and create your own style and fashion. That is what this website is about. Now that you have a sense of the French fashion style, and you believe this is the style for you, think about sewing a few key pieces for your closet. There are plenty of sewing patterns that are easy and will get you started. My first pic for this style would be Vogue patterns. Vogue sewing patterns are designed with the "high fashion" crowd in mind. Click the link to see what Vogue sewing patterns have to offer. 

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