In my opinion, fashion-wise the French do it best all year round. But, when you throw in the extra layers, additional fabric options and the variety of hem length choices that we are afforded in winter—that’s when you’ll see them do their best work.
In pursuit of building myself my dream winter capsule wardrobe, I’ve been paying close attention to how the French manage to move through the winter season in style, and I’ve picked up a few tips on the way. Keen to broaden my trouser arsenal, here I’ve focused in on the best French-endorsed trouser styles to shop this season.
From the perfect shade of winter denim, to the “dated” trouser style that French women love, below I’ve rounded up the trousers that help to set French women’s winter style apart from the rest. Read on to see what I’ve discovered and shop the chicest French-inspired looks below.
Style Notes: Light grey tones are a trending colour this winter. In trouser form, they add a cool, fresh touch to any look. Styling well with most other colours, grey is the new season shade I’ll be wearing instead of black this winter.
The double pleats add fluid movement to the straight-leg trouser.
Wool trousers will keep you warm all winter long.
Slouchy in all the right places, these are the grey trousers I’m investing in this season.
Wear with chunky black boots or a sleek leather loafer.
Style Notes: Forgoing bright, light washes, in the winter time the French fashion-set turn their attention towards darker denim. Styling well with equally deep shades, the deep denim tones can be spotted throughout the streets of Paris when autumn turns to winter.
This comfortable cut also comes in black, white and blue.
Wear with a fresh white tee for an easy weekend look.
Style with black boots of sleek kitten heels.
Low-rise jeans continue to trend this season. Style with a chunky knit or wool cardigan this winter.
Style Notes: For seasons gone, France’s most stylish have been favouring corduroy trousers to keep them warm and stylish throughout the winter months. For a retro spin, style with a tweed blazer and a chunky knit, à la the French.
Brown corduroy is one of the biggest trouser trends this season. Style with chunky brown boots or sleek leather loafers.
These draped trousers puddle at the ankle for a relaxed and casual silhouette.
Wear with a bright white tee, or try styling with a red jumper.
These also come in khaki green.
Style Notes: The epitome of French-girl elegance, pinstripe trousers will help elevate any casual outfit. Style with colourful trainers, or a smart black boots depending on the occasion.
With an elasticated waist, these trousers will see you through winter in comfort and style.
Wear with a longline blazer and pointed-toe kitten heels for a comfortable take on formal style.
Style with the matching wool shirt for an easy yet cohesive look.