Want to get that laid back, casual-yet-polished, totally timeless style French women pull off with ease? The key is in your colour palette.

The French Colour Palette  Adding neutral tones to your wardrobe is a quick way to achieve sophisticated style. Busy patterns and clashing colours can look fussy, but neutrals make things simple – everything goes with everything!

To create your French colour palette, you’ll need pieces in soft grey, crisp white, classic black, royal navy and tomato red. With these colours as a base, you can create a range of standout looks that are anything but boring. Here are some of our wardrobe staples in the classic French colour palette.


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The white shirt

A white shirt might seem a bit school uniform, but teaming it with casual denim creates the perfect off-duty look.

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The black Breton stripe

If blocks of dark colour are a bit too much, break things up with an oh-so-French Breton stripe.

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The navy dress

Navy is a great alternative to black for an evening outfit – team a simple navy shift dress with pops of red for that Parisian feel.

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The grey jumper

A cosy grey jumper will get you through even the bleakest British winter, especially when layered over a tailored shirt.

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The red heels

For understated style, red is best left as an accent colour – we love these gorgeously bold heels teamed with a classic LBD!

Jen Allison
Jen is an online writer with a penchant for rose gold jewellery and oversized knitwear. She’s a stickler for grammar, loves a good book and can’t get enough of Instagram.

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