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7 French clothing brands worn by chic women—ils sont Magnifique!

Woman&Home logo Woman&Home 11/21/2021 Harriet Davey
Modeling wearing Ba&sh black and white stripy jumper against a pale grey brick wall. Ba&sh is one of our picks of the best French clothing brands © Provided by Woman&Home Modeling wearing Ba&sh black and white stripy jumper against a pale grey brick wall. Ba&sh is one of our picks of the best French clothing brands

French style never goes out of fashion—and we've found the French clothing brands that'll upgrade your closet in an instant.

We love British clothing brands, but there's something about the way French women dress that has made everyone want to follow suit. So much so, if you Google 'how to dress like...' the first option to come up is 'like a French woman'. And this is no surprise considering they possess the power to look effortlessly chic at all times. Sticking to the nonchalant brief, this requires French women to rely on a curated capsule wardrobe of staples that'll always look amazing—from Breton striped jumpers and the best blazers for women to great skinny jeans and sensational leather jackets.

But what if their style secrets weren't just their impeccable dress sense? We believe it has a lot to do with the labels they choose to wear. And this is why we've put together a guide to the best French clothing brands right now.

Rouje is the destination for gorgeous printed midi dresses, La Redoute is the site to shop the best workwear and Sézane is home to the best quality knits (think the best cashmere sweaters). Add to this some of the brands everyone is talking about on Instagram and you're one step closer to looking chic at all times—with minimal effort needed. 

The best French clothing brands to browse

  • Ba&sh—best for nice tops to go with jeans from $87/£65
  • Claudie Pierlot—best for eco-friendly denim from $93/£69
  • La Redoute—best for wardrobe staples and workwear from $14/£10
  • Musier Paris—best for gorgeous outerwear and Instagram-loved dresses from $79/£59
  • Rouje—best for printed dresses and tops from $34/£25
  • Sézane—best for good quality knitwear and retro denim from $54/£40
  • The Frankie Shop—best for loungewear and oversized tailoring from $55/£40

The best French clothing brands chosen by our fashion editors

1. Ba&sh

If you're looking for gorgeous exclusive prints, daytime dresses and blouses that'll still make a statement and timeless knitwear, Ba&sh will be one of the best French fashion brands for you. Made for women, by women, the label created in 2003 isn't a new brand but it's one that's getting more popular each year thanks to its wearable designs. 

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Ba&sh Sean Sailor Jumper, RRP: $325/£260 | Sizes: XS-L

One of this season's key knits, the striped sweater is one to invest in. Trust us, you'll style this with everything from a slip skirt and ankle boots to straight-leg jeans and your best white trainers

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Ba&sh Selym Shirt, RRP: $245/£160 | Sizes: XS-L

Ba&sh is all about attention to detail, and this shirt with scalloped collar and printed design is proof. You'll wear this one on heavy rotation with your favorite jeans and a blazer. 

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Ba&sh Mandie Printed Midi Dress, RRP: $445/£345 | Sizes: S-XL

Known for its gorgeous prints, Ba&sh has a whole host of stunning midi dresses. And this is one of them. The folklore style will look effortless with a pair of suede knee-high boots. 

2. Claudie Pierlot

Created in the '80s, Claudie Pierlot launched her designer label 'for the women of Paris' and the brand soon became a worldwide hit. It's no surprise with the elegant cuts, timeless silhouettes and actually wearable designs that won't require you to take out a loan. Trend-led while also being conscious of the environment, Claudie's pieces are made to be loved forever. 

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Claudie Pierlot Organic Cotton Cigarette Jeans, RRP: $240/£179 | Sizes: US 2-10 UK 6-14

If you think blue jeans can sometimes look too casual, opt for a dark grey pair. This cigarette style will look so good belted with a Breton top, and they're made from organic cotton. 

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Claudie Pierlot Recycled Polyester Coat, RRP: £429/$577 | Sizes: US 2-8 UK 6-12

Part of the 'Claudie Cares' collection, this cozy number is a good contender for best winter coat this season, and is made from recycled materials. The hooded style is bound to make you feel warm and fuzzy inside and out. 

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Claudie Pierlot Long Dress, RRP: $375/£279 | Sizes: US 2-10 UK 6-14

Fall is all about finding great dresses that look great with boots. And this flattering shirred top style with elegant floaty sleeves will look just as good with glossy ankle or knee-high styles as it will with mules for after-dark. 

3. La Redoute

Looking for new workwear or want to update your existing wardrobe with key pieces? La Redoute is the French equivalent to brands like Zara or Mango and is a go-to for everyday styles along with items you can style up for after-dark, too. It also has the best homeware so you can update your interiors at the same time.

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La Redoute Long Checked Coat, RRP: $240/£155 Sizes: US 2-16UK 6-20

La Redoute is the place to go for staple, timeless and classic outerwear. From the pea coat to the belted car style (like this checked number) there's a plethora to choose from that will make you look instantly chic. 

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La Redoute Recycled Alpaca Mix Sweater, RRP: $79/£52 Sizes: S-Xl

Swaddle up in this season's hero sweater: the half-zip style. This one from La Redoute is perfect for layering over roll-neck knits when it's cold and will also look perfect with a silky slip skirt. 

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La Redoute Blazer in Faux Leather, RRP: $94/£60 Sizes: US 4-18

A leather blazer is basically a French girl staple. And we're here to tell you they're actually surprisingly easy to wear. Keep it simple by styling with a white T-shirt, straight-leg trousers and either a heeled mule or smart trainers. 

4. Musier Paris

Founded in 2018 by French style influencer @annelauremais, with 656,000 followers or her own the Musier Paris Instagram account soon gained a whole host of loyal followers who knew the brand would be super chic. Now, the label has become a cult brand thanks to its knitted dresses, cool coats and tops with elegant necklines. 

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Musier Kris Dress, RRP: $217.41/£162 | Sizes: XS-XL

Never underestimate a great black midi dress. This knitted style with flattering gathering detail will look just as good with heels for evening as it will with trainers for daytime. 

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Musier Ornella Top, RRP: $97.26/£72 | Sizes: XS-XL

This 'nice' top to wear with jeans is all about the neckline. That sweetheart style will flatter all chest sizes and will look effortless with layered gold chain necklaces. 

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Musier Dorothee Trench, RRP: $308.96/£230 | Sizes: XS-XL

A trench coat will never fail no matter the year, season or even decade, and if you can't stretch to a Burberry trench coat we recommend this one. Musier's oversized iteration will add a laid-back edge to any outfit no matter the occasion.

5. Rouje

Founded by Parisian style icon Jeanne Damas in 2016, the label instantly became a success with women eager to get a slice of her wardrobe. From could-be-vintage printed midi skirts to tea dresses and relaxed knitwear. The brand has everything that'll add a feminine feel to French dressing. The clothes are understated, but you'll feel like a star from one of Netflix's best French TV shows in them.

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Rouje Gloria Skirt, RRP: $181/£135 | Sizes: US 2-12 UK 6-16

Available in four uniquely beautiful prints, the Gloria skirt is a best-seller. The button detail design is perfect across all seasons with either sandals and a cami top or a sweater and boots. 

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Rouje John Coat, RRP: $369/£375 | Sizes: US 2-10 UK 6-14

A leopard coat never fails to impress and this cropped iteration with flattering waist belt is a beauty. The ideal throw-on-anytime style, you'll love this one for years to come. 

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Rouje Clothilde Cardigan, RRP: $235/£175 | Sizes: US 2-10 UK 6-14

How cute is this cardigan? Yes, cardies are firmly back on the radar and this year it's all about scalloped collars, pocket detail, covered button and vintage-esque styles—just like this Rouje style.

6. Sézane

Parisian brand Sézane is renowned for its distinctive luxury knitwear. Founded in 2013, the label aimed to create pieces with a designer feel but without the hefty price tag. Now, the French brand is loved worldwide (especially by London women), and has even been worn by the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton (if you're a fan of the Duchess, here's a list of where to shop Kate Middleton's dresses

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Sézane Tom Jumper, RRP: $140/£105 | Sizes: XXS-XXXL

This Mohair wool jumper with long sleeves is constructed with a beaded rib knit, so it is very comfy. The button placket neckline makes it versatile as it looks great open or fastened, and the color is universally flattering. 

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Sézane Salina Blouse

RRP: $140/£95 | Sizes: US 2-14 UK 6-18

The top to go with any pair of jeans, this fuchsia number is one not to miss. Crafted from organic cotton, you can also get it in cream and black, too.  

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Sézane Will jacket, RRP: $305/£225 Sizes: XXS-XXL

This oversized jacket will look equally great over your winter rollnecks and as it will over a flippy summer dress. The color is gorgeous too. 

7. The Frankie Shop

If you haven't heard of The Frankie Shop, then you need to. Loved by fashion insiders, the label was founded by a French journalist. With a store in Paris and NYC, the brand is a cross between the two leading fashion month cities. The minimalist, fuss-free designs are so popular, some styles (including the recent khaki quilted coat) sell out almost immediately. With other much-loved labels including Nanushka, Samsøe and Samsøe, Ganni and Otiumberg on-site, you're bound to find something to add to your forever wardrobe essentials list. 

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The Frankie Shop Vanessa Sweatshirt, RRP: $159/£118 | Sizes: XS-L

There's so much to love about this sweatshirt. The oversized silhouette, dropped shoulders and fabulous color (it is named Martini olive!) for starters. But most of all we like its versatility, it will look equally cool with your best leggings as it would be a sequin skirt, if you are looking for smart casual Christmas party outfit ideas.

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The Frankie Shop Clemma Pants, RRP: $124/£92 | Sizes: S-L

Casual tailoring at its best, these powder blue trousers will look so good with a cosy cable knit sweater. For evening, try them out with courts and a strappy top. 

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The Frankie Shop Edi Coat, RRP: $435/£323 | Sizes: One size

Outerwear needn't be dull, ditch your usual black or navy tailored coat in favor of this dusty yellow shade. Guaranteed to brighten up the dullest of days, it'll be a favorite each and every fall. 


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