With the approach of fall, I’ve been rethinking style and how I like to dress. I had summer down to a science – simple shorts, tank, maybe a necklace or baseball hat + a pair of sandals. To really mix it up, I’d throw on a dress. Hot weather just makes getting dressed a little easier because you don’t want to wear that much.
With the return of colder temperatures, I need more clothes, and there’s a trick to making an outfit flattering and warm at the same time. In early fall, it also takes a little skill to dress for chilly mornings which give way to warm, sunny afternoons. Even though a lot of my wardrobe is from Everlane, I don’t always like the way they style their clothes. It’s a little too minimal for me. So, I’ve been studying the French brand, Sezane, and some French women for layering inspiration.
Here are my favorite pictures along with some quotes and style notes to get started!
Style notes: Minimal, but pretty. Simple makeup and mussed hair. I can do that! Lately, I’ve liked washing my hair after the kids are tucked in, letting it air dry, then sleeping on it.
“Then I thought about an American woman wanting to bring a Parisian touch to her wardrobe. The colors are quiet, the heels aren’t too high.” – Morgane Sézalory
“It’s in our roots not to show off or be too ostentatious, but rather to understand the classic beauty in the understated.” – Caroline de Maigret
Style notes: I love this idea of throwing a crewneck sweater over a dress. I would tend to pick a cardigan, but this looks warm and pretty at the same time.
“Classics like a logo-less leather bag or a structured car coat worn with a certain sexy tomboy attitude—that’s very French to me.” – Somsack Sikhounmuong
Style note: If I didn’t have kids, I’d love to wear the outfits often. But with small children I need to find a way to translate the idea of the outfit into my everyday, mom life. One way I do this is with a sporty spin to tone everything down. This means… a grey crewneck sweatshirt, a cream baseball cap, track shorts, Adidas sambas, and Tretorn white tennis shoes. All super kid friendly.
“[French style] is all about her attitude! If you look at her style she mostly wears jeans, doesn’t change much with the seasons, she’s the anti ‘it girl.’ She doesn’t look like she’s trying.” – Garance Dore
“She has this strength, she has this something in her eye where you can see that she’s a smart woman, that she has respect for herself, that she treats herself well, but you can feel that she treats her mind and her brain as well, and I like this.” – Caroline de Maigret
“I kind of wear the same thing over and over again.” – Clemence Poesey
“A silk blouse, jeans, heels and just a little bit of makeup.” – Morgane Sézalory
“You can always recognize a Parisian woman by her bedhead.” – Camille Rowe
“I only buy quality …. It has to be something that I’m going to keep for a long time.” – Caroline de Maigret
Style note: I think the temptation with layering is to over-do it and try to hard. I like the reminder to keep it simple, understated, make it look effortless, and that it’s ok to wear the same thing on repeat. I know this seems silly, but I kind of crave looking the same and being recognizable, instead of constantly changing my hair, style, makeup, glasses. And I LOVE the bit about how a woman looks like she treats her mind and brain well.
PS: If you’re into that French girl look, Madewell is releasing their third collaboration with Sezane, and it always sells out really fast. Go take a peek for more styling ideas!