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35 Cool French Fashion Brands That Every Girl Should Know
We can talk all day about how much we adore French brands, from the French styling tricks owned by the country’s chicest girls to the stars and street style gurus you should look to for excellent Parisian style. But what about the best French fashion brands that enable all the above? There are loads of them.
Ranging from the super-luxe established designer Parisian fashion houses—Dior, Saint Laurent, Chanel—through to the newer, sparkier high-street startups like Sézane, there is a veritable gamut of Gallic labels to get to grips with. And that’s before we even get started on the incredible midrange section the French industry has licked. Think of some of the names you know, such as Maje, Sandro, and Claudie Pierlot. They’re just the cherry on top of a particularly tasty contemporary fashion sundae.1/36
So to indulge your love for all things français, we’ve brought together 35 of the most important French brands—some you’ll recognize, some you won’t. But what’s key to note is that not only have we assembled the coolest of the cool but we’re also giving you pointers on exactly what you should look out for when shopping any of these labels. For example, Maje is always a trusted go-to for jackets, and we’ve chosen the best one to grab your attention today.
Go through the gallery below to see and shop from the 35 best French fashion brands in existence.2/36Amélie Pichard
I went through my closet to see how I stacked up to French style for fun. Here is how my less than ‘high fashion’ designs compare to what you see here. I’ve provided links and pics of my own stuff under the designer items, and provided the prices of the items when I knew them.
You have to scroll down a bit to see my stuff that’s comparable. When I came across a closer look or found something close I didn’t have anything near to, I also provided a link to some of my favorite online sites, should you be so inclined.
I’d love to hear about what you would love to own seen here, what you do own already that is similar to these French designs, or if you are inspired like me to take note and hunt for something close or reminiscent of French esthetique?
Style Notes: Amélie Pichard is probably one of the most adventurous shoe designers in the entire world, not just France. She recently collaborated with Pamela Anderson, and her shoes are instantly recognizable for their off-kilter heel shapes and wacky finishes.
What to Buy: There’s something really sassy about Pichard’s court shoes, thanks to their curved stilettos, but her platforms are just as popular.3/36Claudie Pierlot
Not sure I fancy Amélie Pichard’s version, sorry I guess a little too much sass for me. (Though I have been known to wear blue shoes.) Thought these at Nordstorm’s site were adorable. And I really like the block heel for sturdiness and support. Byron Strappy Mule, $88.80
Style Notes: Claudie Pierlot does a cute take on contemporary French style. Think sweet bows on blouses, patent miniskirts or swing coats. It’s more youthful than its peers.
What to Buy: Right now it’s a toss-up between bags and the copious amounts of chic lace blouses.4/36Annelise Michelson
Yes, this collared version is black, but it says high quality to me. The fitted shape is perfect for feminizing a button-down and I adore the cuffs at the sleeves.
Style Notes: Worn by Rihanna, FKA Twigs, and Alexa Chung, Annelise’s bold but refined pieces of jewelry are all handmade in her Paris atelier.
Not quite the same again, sorry guys, but I had this one favorited on Revolve. Still very architectural. And if you scroll down to the picture of the model with the velvet blazer, she is wearing the earrings!
What to Buy: We’re hooked on this industrial chain collection.5/36A.P.C.
Style Notes: Atelier de Production et Création is loved for its utilitarian basics and has been a minimalist’s go-to since the ’80s, when the brand first launched during a time of great maximalism.
What to Buy: We have it on good authority that A.P.C. is currently serving up perfect everyday bags.6/36Ba&sh
Probably, no, my favorite online store, Revolve, actually carries A.P.C. Amazingly close for less.
Style Notes: Ba&sh, designed by the very chic Barbara Boccara and Sharon Krief, is for the true bohemian, a point that was proven during the summer festival period.
What to Buy: We’ve noticed there’s an abundance of fabulous miniskirts.7/36Iro
Sorry to say, but I don’t own a single mini skirt.
Knew I could find something at yes, Revolve – they have several to choose from, but I thought this one was especially darling and the brand is awesome. For Love & Lemons Jack Black Mini Skirt, $123
Style Notes: As Iro was founded by onetime music producers, it’s understandable why there’s such a strong rock-chic vibe running through each collection.
What to Buy: If you don’t find a party dress you love from this brand, we’ll eat our berets.8/36Robert Clergerie
One of my favorite stores, Antropologie, has this dress with a similar neck cut and off-the shoulder delicateness of the Iro dress, not quite the same, but I had to share because it’s just gorgeous. Note: sold out in Medium.
Style Notes: Over 30 years old and now going strong again under the creative directorship of David Tournier-Beauciel, Robert Clergerie has a host of bloggers who adore the wearable, slightly masculine styles.
What to Buy: We’re seriously into these backless loafers.
I also like Banana Republic for work wear especially. Currently offering 50% off sale, which these slides (that I cannot download pic of) are, and 40% off regular-priced items. Buckle Slide, $118 (50% off). In black leather and biscotti suede.
I thought while I was add it, to add a link to a little about Banana Republic and it’s work towards sustainability, among other company and product information. Our Journey
Okay, mine are cognac and not backless, but no less cute and comfortable. Express loafers, $19.95
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Style Notes: Yves Salomon uses quite luxe materials and therefore comes with a rather hefty price point. Its parkas have been a smash with fashion editors over the past few years.
What to Buy: This patent leather classic.10/36Chanel
Style Notes: What more can we say? Chanel is the Paris megalith that has, over the years via both Coco Chanel and Karl Lagerfeld, cemented some of the most important parts of any woman’s wardrobe.
What to Buy: The chain belt trend is only gaining steam.11/36Dior
Mine was purchased from Bebe a long time ago on sale. I’m glad I held onto it, like they say it, what goes around comes around. And mine can virtually fit anyone. I absolutely have an obsession with belts so no wonder I still own it!
Style Notes: Since former Valentino designer Maria Grazia Chiuri took over the reins, many women (celebs included) have enjoyed seeing her delicate style echoing through the brand.
What to Buy: The fashion editor set is smitten with the brand’s slingbacks. We’re partial to this mesh iteration.12/36Eres
These may not have the mesh, but for the price, they are comfortable and effortless chic paired with some cut-off jeans. I have a frayed pair, which I adore. Frayed, fringed or embellished is trending in denim and slingbacks are perfect paired with cut-off jeans.
Style Notes: Lingerie connoisseurs will be more than aware that Eres make some of the best-quality underpinnings around. They’re subtle and understated but so luxe at the same time.
What to Buy: Bras, bras, bras. We know many ladies who swear by them, no matter their size.13/36Lanvin
I think I get bonus points for the sunshine color of this bra. Though the Eres version is sublime. I tried other sites, but was unable to copy an image so this Victoria’s Secret black Floral Lack Long Line Bralette is just a suggestion, $24.50.
Style Notes: Founded in 1889 by Jeanne Lanvin, the brand has always been a source of fantastic eveningwear. Alber Elbaz stepped down in 2015, when Boucha Jarrar replaced him but recently departed. The new creative director is Olivier Lapidus, a Balmain Homme alumni.
What to Buy: A gown. Because you never know what you may get invited to next…14/36Maje
Style Notes: Maje has plenty to offer across the board, but it’s the brand’s decorative bomber jackets that have been steaming ahead—Bella Hadid has one, you know.
What to Buy: Er, a bomber?15/36Aurélie Bidermann
I think I’m in love with this bomber. I like it even better than Maje x Schott’s version, for basically 20% of the price!
Style Notes: There’s something carefree and spirited about Aurélie’s ’70s-tinged, trinkety jewelry. From luxe boho festival bracelets to more delicate styles, it’s the kind of brand you can mix and match, collecting throughout a lifetime.
What to Buy: As earrings are having such a moment, we’d opt for this category first.
Browsing the store is an experience in of itself, but I knew I could check Anthropologie’s site and find these. Whirled hoop earrings, $34
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Style Notes: Jour/Né essentially means “day to night,” so this brand is all about the clothes that do the job for you—with lots of humor thrown in to boot.
What to Buy: One of the many graphic tees is guaranteed to raise a smile.17/36Faith Connexion
I remember the good old days wearing my Pearl Jam tees ALL THE TIME (and it wasn’t really cool.) Revolve is where I’ve found many to choose from, especially printed with famous rock band names. This version is by Sundry. Sundry’s ECOLE DE VOILE VINTAGE TEE, $47 – final sale.
Style Notes: Emmanuelle Alt is a big fan of this label and often wears its pieces to fashion week.
What to Buy: Something sleek like this one-shoulder top.18/36Céline
Too bad we don’t have a local Guess shop anymore where I live. But if you’re looking for that LBD that I swear no one else will be wearing, is sexy, affordable and of good quality, Guess is a perfect destination. Guess Tahara Lace Insert Asymmetrical Dress, $128. I say 2 pluses for the lace and long sleeves!
Style Notes: This French heritage brand has become one of the most influential designer labels in the world.
What to Buy: Who wouldn’t love a pair of sunglasses?19/36Kenzo
I can’t download the image from Amazon, but these replicas of the Kenzo sunglasses are so close and the price is unbeatable. (They also come with a case and in four colors)!!!! Mosanana Retro Vintage Square Cateye Sunglasses for Women, $9.99.
Style Notes: Kenzo Takada was born in Japan but founded his label in Paris. These days, it’s presided over by Opening Ceremony’s Carol Lim and Humberto Leon, but there’s still an irreverent Frenchness to the sports-luxe trend it does so well.
What to Buy: A graphic sweatshirt will do just fine.20/36The Kooples
I love this entire look, not sure if I’d skip the pants as this Revolve model did.
Mine, again, purchased awhile ago, but I thought the satin bow details afforded it a place here.
Style Notes: The Kooples is all about dressing for everyone. Plus, the contemporary price point makes it easy to take part.
Despite the high collar of the Koople’s version, I like this match of Guess’s Guess x Amanda Cerny Red Cropped Fleece Hoodie, $69
What to Buy: We’re mildly obsessed with track jacket.21/36Jerome Dreyfuss
Style Notes: Jérôme Dreyfuss makes covetable bags and shoes, and he’s married to Isabel Marant. He’s basically the coolest and most chilled man in French fashion. Oh, and he names all of the bags after boys—just another reason to buy them in bulk.
What to Buy: More often than not, his creations arrive in easy styles perfect for the weekend, and this tote style ticks all the right boxes.22/36L’Autre Chose
I always buy suede when I can and this tote is from another of my favorite brands. It’s worth checking out!
Style Notes: If you like your shoes to feature various points of difference, then L’Autre Chose should be marked in indelible ink on your shopping list.
What to Buy: In the summer, the mid-heel pumps are perfection.
Chase & Chloe Kona-2 Mary Jane Pumps, $29.95 at Amazon. I apologize I couldn’t download a picture. Comes in 11 colors, including a patent red.
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Style Notes: Christophe Lemaire has been around for some time, but it’s only in the past few years that his name has shot into the mass style psyche. This is partly down to his pared-back aesthetic becoming a perfect fit for Uniqlo.
What to Buy: Right now we’re loving the bags, which sit perfectly outside the relentless trend cycle.24/36Isabel Marant
Nordstrom’s has a plethora of bags to look at. Some that came a little closer to Isabel Marant’s version weren’t the striking, I got to have it, red leather hobo seen here, and all were over $1,000. This Enchant Leather hobo comes in three additional colors, $268.
Style Notes: The modern high priestess of boho fans and rockers alike, Marant spans every possible department with her must-haves, from party dresses to sneakers.
What to Buy: Marant is well known for her minis.25/36Maison Michel
There is a couple other options on Revolve. I thought this one particularly mimicked the top to bottom zipper best, however it loses points, in my opinion, for the light denim, which feels more Summery to me.
Style Notes: Part of Chanel’s special ateliers, Maison Michel is a mighty fine purveyor of hats. From jaunty berets to fedoras, Minnie Mouse ears to tulle veils, if there’s an accessory that changes every outfit, it can be found here.
What to Buy: We love the fedora hats that are ideal for any weather.26/36Marie Marot
I just love Anthropologie. Fedora – Nikki Rancher Hat, $78. Also in a sunny yellow and neutral straw.
Style Notes: This Parisian model turned designer is all about shirts—and they couldn’t have landed onto Farfetch.com at a better time, considering the widespread mania for button-downs.
What to Buy: A shirt, bien sûr.27/36Zadig & Voltaire
Anthropologie’s Button-down Coralie Top, $78. Offered in Regular and Petite.
Style Notes: There’s always a punky finish to everything Zadig puts into the world, whether it’s a studded bag or a slung-on velvet blazer you could wear to a concert with ripped jeans.
Makes me remember my trip to NYC with my sister in Winter. It was the coldest it had been in 10 years when we were there, but it didn’t stop us from enjoying the Monkey Bar, nightclubs and the food! Makes me miss my “I love NY” T-shirt.
Had to put this velvet blazer, courtesy of my mom, in here. Hey, it’s over-sized on me, but that’s slung on, right? I’m wearing it belted today.
Here’s one I again favorited from Revolve. Cami N.Y.C. The Pari Top, $297.
I really like the length here and the tie is a bonus!
What to Buy: The most impressive two things this season are jackets and bags.28/36Louis Vuitton
Style Notes: With Nicolas Ghesquière leading the charge, LV has become a trusted source of burgeoning trends and directional fashion, from the incredible leather jackets down to the equally intricate footwear.
What to Buy: We love the bags, sure, but every fashion influencer goes loco over the ankle boots.29/36Balenciaga
I got mine at JCP, but they’re different, but you get the feel, about $45. See by Chloe is also a great designer for footwear, just on the expensive side. Here is the link to See by Chloe’s page on Revolve so you can browse yourself. I’ve owned a pair from her line and they are fabulous in design, originality, comfort and are true to size. Here you will find amazing boots that are more representational of the Balenciaga design, just more expensive than the Arizona ones and mine. You’ll spend about $500.
Style Notes: Thanks to and Vetements chief and Creative Director Demna Gvasalia, Balenciaga is going crazy on the street style circuit.
What to Buy: The shoes are always a hit.
Did I mention Anthropologie has great shoes, too? Sam Edelman Ludlow Kitten Heels, $130. Shown in leopard, but on site it state’s they are cream. I can’t say enough about the quality and brands Anthropologie offers. You can even find home goods and other neat things here.
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Style Notes: One part Parisian schoolgirl, one part retro film icon, Paul & Joe (designed by Sophie Mechaly) style often references the ’70s. Somehow the brand always makes vintage style more wearable, though. Clever.
What to Buy: The brand cuts a mean flare—and we like these striped pants in particular.31/36Saint Laurent
Style Notes: Anthony Vaccarello is now leaving his mark on the storied house.
What to Buy: These are bound to suit everyone. Well worth the investment, merci.32/36Rouje
Not an exact match to the Saint Laurent Boots, and neither are mine. (Unless I spray-painted them metallic silver, which they are in need of a makeover.) Mine are by Steve Madden as well, but I don’t recall the price, as they were a season ago.
Style Notes: Created by French style icon Jeanne Damas, Rouje is a blogger favourite for its barely there blouses, flirty sundresses, and high-waisted denim.
What to Buy: Everything sells out equally fast, but these tie blouses will undoubtedly soar.33/36Sézane
What can I say, I love boho chic. Antropologie’s Steber Peasant Top, $98.
Referred to as Moss, this beautiful green would complement anyone I think and longer sleeves are more appropriate this time of year.
Mine is from Pac Sun, Kendell and Kylie Brand, $?
Style Notes: Set up initially as an online-only fashion store in 2013 by Morgane Sezalory, Sézane has been breaking boundaries and supplying great casual clothes for the past few years.
What to Buy: We’re feeling the understated vibes of this wear-with-everything purse.34/36Sonia Rykiel
The effortlessness and efficiency of the crossbody bag is still here to stay – at least for now. Since I came across the sale Banana Republic has going on, I looked here for a crossbody bag. Italian leather saddle bag, $138 (40% off.)
Style Notes: Sonia Rykiel’s brand DNA (knitwear, stripes, Left Bank chic) lives on via Julie de Libran’s designs.
What to Buy: Stripes and knits are the main attraction—even better if it’s a knitted stripe. However, we’re so into these pants that we couldn’t resist showcasing them.35/36Sandro
Couldn’t download picture, but check out Pac Sun’s new arrival –LA Hearts Tie Waist Striped Pants, $19.97
Style Notes: Midpriced Sandro should be on your list for when you’re looking for staples with a twist. The brand knows what girls like wearing on a day-to-day basis and gives each of those items a little extra oomph every time.
What to Buy: There’s much to choose from, but this coat is particularly fresh.36/36See by Chloé
Falling in love with this coat. And I tend to stray away from plaid, but seeing this amazing coat has changed my mind and for something this sharp and classic, the price cannot be beat! Already love the brand. Lover + Friends Tove Wrap Coat, $162
Style Notes: Naturellement, we love Chloé’s mainline collection, but there’s something particularly exciting again about the diffusion collection. It has the floaty attitude of Chloé girls with a more accessible price point.
What to Buy: If you don’t get lured in by one of the many darling dresses, we’d be surprised.
Yes, the ties are at the sleeves in this pick, but having trouble finding a match to the See by Chloe version. Found this on sale at Anthropologie. Parson Wrap Dress, $99.95 (only large left.) It’s worth checking out Antropologie’s Sale site for just about everything, but if your in need a gown, I suggest looking at what’s on sale – nothing is over $200 for some amazing formal wear. Personally I think the See by Chloe dress is again, more appropriate for Summer, but if you truly like the look, you may need to buy seperates – a tie top paired with a midi skirt.
My best dress at the moment is by Bebe. A velvet leopard print dress, $169. I can’t wait to wear it!
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This post originally appeared on Who What Wear UK.
It was fun seeing if I had any French flair in my wardrobe selections. I hope checking out new or maybe revisiting some less expensive designer brands is enjoyable for you, too!
I’d love to hear about what you would love to own seen here, what you do own already that is similar to these French designs, or if you are inspired like me to take note and hunt for something close or reminiscent of French esthetique. What’s your style? If I were to describe my style it would be boho chic and I’m pleased that it is fashionable not only here in the U.S., but over the world, too, as represented with this article and the designers I chose to provide less expensive alternatives. (Expect for the leather trench.)
After all this shopping online, I’m exhausted. And they say shopping malls are dead…It’s work to look so good no matter how you do it….