15 French Fashion Must-Haves Inspired by ‘Emily in Paris’

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French fashion is all about capturing that je ne sais quoi, and there’s major inspiration in the new Netflix series Emily in Paris. And while Emily’s sexy Parisian suitors may be harder to come by, French fashion staples, like a beret, chic coat and elegant heels, are easily translatable for Canadian wardrobes.

To help turn your French dreams into fashion reality, here are 15 must-have pieces inspired by Emily in Paris, and we’re counting down the days till we can shop the Maje Paris and Sandro Paris sample sale. (It begins on Oct. 14, 2020). Both are quintessential Parisian designers that epitomize French fashion. How do you say, “One in every size, please?” en francais?

15 French Fashion Finds Inspired by Emily in Paris

Simone Wool Beret

Simone Wool Beret

Could there be anything more synonymous with French fashion than a beret? Pair this cheery red option with stripes, ballet flats and un pain au chocolat.

$58 at Anthropologie
Buttoned-Shoulder Mock Neck Sweater

Buttoned-Shoulder Mock Neck Sweater

Stripes instantly make an outfit (you can test this theory with a plain shirt versus stripes). Tucked in to jeans, or a full, pleated skirt, stripes will never let you down, they’re always on point.

$39 at Simons
Multicoloured Tweed Jacket

Multicoloured Tweed Jacket

Trench coats are an obvious choice when it comes to French fashion, but if we learned anything from Emily in Paris, it’s the power of a statement tweed. Classically French, and cute to boot, this option adds major visual interest, in a works-with-almost-everything colour palette.

$565 at Sandro Paris
Veronica Beard Long Ruched Dress

Veronica Beard Long Ruched Dress

No French wardrobe is complete without a little black dress. Dressed up or down, the opportunities to wear an LBD are endless, and no one does it better than the French.

$600 at Shopbop
Toujours Canvas Medium Satchel

Toujours Canvas Medium Satchel

Statement satchels might have been Emily’s unsung sidekick, but we took note. The elegant structure of a satchel adds sophistication to even the most casual of outfits, meaning you can easily go from brunch to the boardroom, no wardrobe change required.

$358 at Kate Spade
Printed Silk Dress with Ruffles

Printed Silk Dress with Ruffles

Emily’s ability to mix and match prints and colours had us re-envisioning our entire French fashion wardrobe. Who says we have to default to black and grey? This paisley pattern would look amazing with jewel tones, gold jewellery and Parisian paramour.

$375 at Maje
Finigan Boot

Finigan Boot

After one too many months spent in sweat suits, we couldn’t get enough of Emily in Paris‘s go-to combo of mini skirts and booties. We love that this pair offers a little ’80s edge with a side stretch cut-out. With jeans or a mini, they’re a must-have for any fall and winter wardrobe.

$100 at Revolve
A.L.C. Lorelai Cutout Dress

A.L.C. Lorelai Cutout Dress

Emily’s boss Sylvie was French fashion personified. Her looks were simple, chic, and sexy, much like this cocktail dress, which offers a mysterious peek of skin, while keeping arms covered. (We’re still dealing with Canadian weather after all.)

$775 at Saks Fifth Avenue
Kangol Stripe Bucket Hat

Kangol Stripe Bucket Hat

A roundup of Emily’s style wouldn’t be complete without a bucket hat. It’s not what automatically comes to mind when thinking of French girl fashion, but it helped Emily brought a touch of modern, streetwear into her Parisian wardrobe. And this baby pink option would be perfect with a pea coat or trench.

$94 at Urban Outfitters
Indyya Bardot Top

Indyya Bardot Top

Emily’s off-the-shoulder formalwear is worth a double take, but you can incorporate the style into your everyday wardrobe with a casual interpretation. This form-fitting off-the-shoulder shirt is perfect tucked into A-line skirts, or wide-leg trousers, and conveniently comes in black and white.

$79 at Ted Baker
Little Tweed Skirt

Little Tweed Skirt

Tweed might be an iconic French look, but Emily made it modern in cute minis and unexpected colours. This little tweed skirt is incredibly versatile, and would quickly become a closet staple. Coco would definitely approve.

$98 at Aritzia
Hoxton Off-White Leather Boot

Hoxton Off-White Leather Boot

In the first scene of Emily in Paris, she sports a pair of white leather booties that appear several times throughout the season, and while unexpected for fall, the world is obsessing over the style. It’s a little bit mod, a little bit punk rock, and a whole lot of Parisian chic.

$595 at Reiss
Crystal Hoop Earrings

Crystal Hoop Earrings

Along with teaching the world how to perfect the French eye roll, Sylvie showed the power of a few choice accessories. From her cuff bracelets to her classic hoop earrings, it quickly became clear that her secret for tying elegant French fashion basics into a full outfit was all about the bling.

$30 at Free People
Classic Wool-Blend Coat

Classic Wool-Blend Coat

Emily brought a rainbow of hues to her chilly weather wardrobe, and Canadians took note — especially the way she paired a big bouquet of roses with her hot pink wool coat. A dozen red roses with this burgundy beauty should do the trick.

$200 at RW & Co.

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