French Capsule Wardrobe 2022

What Is Different About A French Capsule Wardrobe?

A French minimalist capsule is an excellent option if you want to build a capsule wardrobe. The French minimalist capsule consists of predominantly neutral colours with a few ‘paint colours on top. A capsule wardrobe does not have to consist of only neutral colours; it should include styles and colours you love. That said, neutral colours tend to mix and match more easily. Another feature of the French capsule wardrobe is the style. French styles tend to be tailored to the individual. Think classic, timeless styles in colours such as stone, beige, white, black, navy, red, charcoal and bottle green. If black does not suit you (it does not suit everyone), choose charcoal or navy instead of any black options.

Essentials For A French Capsule

If you want a French minimalist capsule wardrobe, there are a few items you should consider adding to your collection. These not only fit a French capsule but are also great additions to any classic capsule wardrobe. 

  • The Trench – A timeless, tailored trench coat in stone, black or navy. Avoid anything with frills, in boxy cuts or cut short.
  • A Breton top – The traditional Breton stripe has a broad white panel at the top followed by navy blue and white stripes. You can also get an option in a red and white or black and white stripe. Choose a slim fit that skims your body in either knitwear or a jersey. 
  • The beret – This one is a little controversial. Much like visitors to London wearing throw-away plastic coats, it will scream TOURIST if you wear a beret in Paris. That said, I own a couple of berets and love them. Choose a navy blue, black, stone or if you are feeling brave, bright red. 
  • The fedora – This is an excellent stylish option to the beret if you love hats – I do. Look for something with a decent brim that has structure. The cheaper versions can go out of shape quickly. Choose black, navy or stone. 
  • Brogues or court shoes – For that minimalist french look, you should look at a pair of classic lace-up brogues or court shoes. Alternatively, you can go for something in between, like the 1940’s style lac-up shoes with a low block heel. 
  • The white button-down shirt – Whichever capsule wardrobe you are creating, you can not go wrong with adding a plain white shirt. Choose either classic cotton with a decent collar stand – in other words; the collar will stand on its own. Or, you could add an ivory silk shirt. 
  • A silk, square, neck scarf – Vintage scarfs are often the best. Look for quality and choose an option with colours from the palette you have selected for your French Capsule Wardrobe. For example, if you have selected navy for your beret or fedora, choose a scarf with a navy pattern through it. 
  • A trouser suit – A tailored stylish trouser suit in navy, black or stone. Avoid boxy jackets. If you are unsure of your body shape, choose something with a straight leg as that suits most people. 
  • Sunglasses – Black or tortoiseshell sunglasses in a wayfarer style suit most face shapes. 
  • Straight leg classic cut jeans – This one might surprise you, but if you go for mid to dark indigo jeans in a straight leg, you can dress them up to look stylish. Team with a white shirt and your neck scarf for a classy, elegant look. 
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French Outfit Ideas

Below you can find some French capsule wardrobe ideas. 

Colour And Style

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