Autumn is here, and as someone who lives in a small Parisian apartment with not nearly enough closet space, that means its time to pack away all of my summer dresses and sandals, and pull out all my winter woolies, coats, and boots. While it is sad to see the end of summer, I’m always excited for autumn fashion. No longer are you restrained by the heat; you now have the freedom to layer it up. And there are just so many options! Here are our picks of the best French fashion for fall.
The trench coat is a classic autumn staple in Parisian wardrobes. It’s perfect for those mild days when it’s not quite warm enough to go without a coat, yet not quite cool enough to warrant something heavier. A.P.C. does a lovely trench, such as their Greta model in beige or navy, or their Josephine model in khaki.
Parisians love a good pair of jeans, and autumn is the time to bring them back out. Rouje does some gorgeous vintage-inspired styles named after neighborhoods in Paris, such as jean Marais, jean Opera, and jean Concorde. A.P.C. also does great denim. Pair them with one of Rouje’s knit cardigans, which brings me to my next point…
Autumn is cardigan weather. I love the super cute ones from Musier, a brand by influencer Anne-Laure Mais. Musier works with local manufacturers, and most of their models are made in their Parisian workshops, using natural fibers—think silk, cotton, viscose— from the best European weavers. Each season, Musier adds new suppliers closer to Paris in order to limit their carbon footprint, aiming for 100% French production.
For day wear, throw on your favorite pair of sneakers. ZESPÀ is a French footwear brand based in Aix-en-Provence. Their sneakers have a luxe feel, featuring full grain Italian nappa and calf leathers, premium-quality gum soles that are sewn at the sides, and 100% cotton laces. They are handmade in Portugal. I also love Veja and Pairs in Paris.
At night, swap the sneakers for the perfect ankle boot. Amélie Pichard is a Parisian designer who creates quirky shoes and accessories. She shot to fame for her collaboration with Pamela Anderson back in 2014. Her 70s-inspired Nancy ankle boot comes in imitation crocodile leather in black or beige, imitation python leather in coffee, or imitation tortoise shell leather. Her boots are made by hand in Portugal.
Scarves are a must-have accessory in a Parisian wardrobe, and Inouïtoosh ticks all the boxes. The French brand is based in the coastal town of Saint-Valery-sur-Somme. Consequently, many of their scarves feature whimsical nature motifs. They’re designed in France and made in India using high-quality materials and a traditional weaving process. Most of their scarves are wool, but some also include cashmere and silk. ÉPICE also makes lovely scarves.
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