The appeal of sturdy true-blue denim never dies, but if you find yourself putting on jeans every. single. morning, you might be feeling stuck in a style rut. It happens to the best of us. While there’s absolutely nothing wrong with wearing this staple day in, day out, denim devotees run the risk of falling into a particular trap: You’re used to the comfort, versatility and timelessness of your favourite jeans, so everything else pales in comparison. When faced with the choice of slipping on a silky skirt versus pulling up a pair of worn-in straight-legs, the urge to stay in your comfort zone is an understandable one.
But while denim works for many occasions, there are times when a slightly smarter trouser or an elevated skirt will make your T-shirt outfit feel more exciting.
To help you branch out into other bottom categories, we’ve scrolled through the Instagram grids of some of our most loved French influencers. While Parisians love showing off their bountiful denim collections, it turns out they’re just as skilled at assembling non-jeans outfits. Scroll on to see the looks that demanded our attention.
Style Notes: Make like Adenorah and don this chic look by layering elements. It’s a smart look that can be worn to work.
A classic, no matter the time of year.
Chic and oh-so timeless.
Wool midi skirts means you can wear skirt well into the winter.
Style Notes: White shirts feel typically French and when teamed with a silk slip skirt the look becomes decidedly current.
I adore this cut.
The perfect length to take from day to night.
A chic bag for both day and night.
You’ll be grateful you picked these over heels.
Style Notes: Franny’s neutral-trouser look feels simultaneously familiar and fresh. The silk scarf adds that all-important French finesse, while the plisse top brings dimension to the outfit. Add a blazer to beat the winter chill.
Interesting textures like this can totally transform a basic silhouette.
These will be an incredibly useful addition to your summer wardrobe.
It’s worth having a silky scarf on-hand to jazz up your looks.
A French staple to complete this French-inspired ensemble.
Style Notes: On cold winter days, French women are embracing the co-ord trend. You’ll have an instantly elevated look.
I love how timeless cable knit is.
Knitted skirts are big news this summer.
Plenty of space for your on-the-go essentials.
Style Notes: French locals are leaning into 2023’s maxi denim skirt trend. Wear them exactly as you would jeans.
Why not opt for a collarless style.
Andi isn’t the only French influencer I’ve spotted wearing a denim maxi skirt.
M&S’ boot offerings are so good this year.