You may think you know all the fashion essentials a French girl’s wardrobe relies on, but there’s an outside chance you don’t. Why? It can be all too easy to pigeonhole a nation’s “uniform” when it’s commonly referenced, so we wanted to go back to basics and revisit the concept. What is the actual concise list of items that the world’s chicest women follow?Maje’s creative director, Judith Milgrom, was on board to enlighten us on the mystical ways of a French girl’s edit. Her brand has just launched a denim capsule collection (and it has all the patchworked pieces you’ll want right now), but what are the staple jeans Parisians wear on repeat? And what do they wear them with? Questions, questions. Judith has the answers. Keep reading to find out about the 10 French fashion essentials everyone should consider.Of course, we’re not talking about any ordinary blazer here. Milgrom explains: “This can be from a menswear brand to wear to work with a man’s shirt and high-waisted fitted dark jeans—French girls have many dark blue or black versions. I’m currently styling my jacket with a Gucci belt.””If you need to walk, flat sandals are so practical. They can also update an evening look, such as a long dress so that it is both sophisticated and cool,” says Milgrom.While French girls have jeans in a host of different washes, more than anything right now, it’s about the silhouette rather than the finish. She’s prioritizing a tailored cut: “They go with everything. You can go to work and then just change your top—a lingerie-inspired Caraco or a sequinned top—add high-heeled sandals, and you’re ready to party,” Milgrom tells us.We’ve often noticed French girls belting supersized sweaters over everything from skinny jeans to floral skirts, but now we know where they buy them. Milgrom recommends Uniqlo or Pringle of Scotland, and she’ll employ one “to stay cozy on a weekend, paired with flared jeans or cashmere jogging pants. I have a collection of different colors, and I usually wear light or bright colors, rather than black.””It can be monochrome or a print, and I have many sleeveless versions that I love to style them with a belt, large or very thin high heels and my leopard coat,” says Milgrom.French girls are keen on their classic leather jackets, Milgrom confirms: “The biker is a classic piece. I pair it with a long dress to give it a more urban and modern look. And also to go to work with a pair of jeans and a light cashmere sweater.”The rule here? There are no rules, aside from the fact that the shoes need to be black and have stiletto heels. “You can go from classic ones to more daring styles such as conical heels,” suggests Milgrom.Trust a French girl to know the best place to buy tailored shirts that fit perfectly. Milgrom highlighted the brand Charvet: “Parisian girls are effortless and love to dress in their boyfriend’s essentials such as a shirt or a sweater worn a bit oversize.”Now here’s the item that really surprised us. We always imagined leopard-print cover-ups to be more of a British signature. Milgrom set the record straight: “It’s a classic piece in every Parisian girl’s wardrobe. We wear it as a part of a totally black look; it’s so easy. A black sweater, black pants or black jeans and flat shoes to go to work with or a little black dress and high heels to go out in the evening. Usually, when I’m wearing my leopard coat, I’m not wearing makeup; this is my advice: Stay natural or just put on some red lipstick, and that’s it.”So it’s plain to see that French girls rely heavily upon outerwear. We probably all have a trench coat somewhere, but Milgrom explains the specifics for her nation’s chicest ladies: “It can be black or beige, always belted, collar up,” she says. “It’s effortless and convenient to cycle to work when you’re wearing trousers. It’s a great transitional piece. You can wear it with a warm sweater and a big, knitted scarf for winter, or with just a shift underneath when the weather starts to get warmer.”
ICYMI, the western trend is having a moment right now, as seen on the catwalks, on the streets and on our social feeds. You may have even spotted your favourite artiste embracing their inner cowboy recently – from Solange to Cardi B. There’s plenty of ways to tap into the trend yourself, but a fringed jacket is a good place to start. Here are three ways to try it now.Fringing, cowboy boots, waistcoats and even cow print were prevalent throughout the season’s collections – Burberry, Coach and Proenza Schouler all showed a take on it. Parisian brand Longchamp also took inspiration from the Wild West for their first runway show ever, which they held in New York to celebrate their 70th anniversary. As this catwalk look demonstrates, a fringed jacket is the perfect partner to a boho dress and leopard-print boots. Howdy, SS19 work-to-weekend look.Blanca Miró proves the cowboy trend doesn’t have to be all neutral tones – her statement blue jacket is a maximalist take and we’re 100% here for it. And just in case she hadn’t gone far enough down the rodeo route, she goes full bucking-bronco by adding some cow-print boots. Yee-hawt.This Stradivarius jacket of our dreams is one we’ll be lasso-ing into our wardrobe immediately. As you can see, it works beautifully with camo trousers and a crop top, or is perfect for toughening up a more feminine look, like a floral frock. If fringed outerwear isn’t your thing, we’ve included some more Western-inspired pieces in the gallery below to giddy-up your style this season.
Adidas Originals just got a cool new update: think millennial pink sweats, cycling shorts and velour three-stripe tracksuits with and matching bandeau tops. To prove that it’s so much more than just for the gym, we styled five different looks to keep it original wearing adidas Originals…Dress up a pair of cycling shorts with a ruffled blazer, mules and up-spec accessories.Wear a pastel rugby sweatshirt with matching cigarette trousers, chunky trainers and a bucket hat.Reinvent the tracksuit by wearing your three-stripe trousers and top with a blazer and high-heels.Double up on denim and monochromes to create an effortlessly cool look for the festival season.Pair them with the right finishing touches, and you can even wear your tracksuit bottoms to work.
You may know what’s new on ASOS quite well thanks to hours of scrolling and adding pieces to your Saved Items (or bag). But with so much to choose from, there’s always the danger of missing out on some of that good stuff. That’s why we’ve enlisted our Junior Fashion Editor Jo to bring you this week’s top bits – from dresses to accessories. Shop her picks below and watch the video for more.’This has an amazing, hyper tiger print and then there’s the neon trim to make it extra wow.‘‘This dad blazer is really oversized and it comes with mum shorts in a longer length which makes them suitable for the office.’‘These are from our recycled denim collection. Pair them with a T-shirt, a slider and a cross-body bag for a city break.’‘Shells are everywhere this season – from jewellery and accessories to dresses.’‘These are a nice update on the espadrilles we’ve been seeing season after season. They also come in plain black if you’re not into the rainbow colours.’
Want to update your wardrobe for the summer without breaking the bank? Then don’t miss out on 30% off of the best summer pieces, including our cult satin skirt and iconic Champion essentials. We asked around at Topshop HQ to find out which pieces not to miss out on…“I would style these buckled mules with a cute summer dress or just jeans and a shirt. They are perfect for the office if you’re planning to enjoy the sun with your friends straight after work! ” Jessica Fudge, Creative Projects Coordinator“My summer pick has to be this slip dress in a stunning rust shade. I would style it with gold jewellery and strappy heels for a summer wedding and throw on a chunky knit and a pair of biker boots in the autumn to completely transform the dress. It really is the perfect piece to take you right through the year.” Charlotte Page, Online Trading Assistant“I’m not normally one for colour, but this rose-pink satin skirt is hard to resist. It’s easy to wear with a cropped tee for a casual look, but can be instantly dressed up with a pair of strappy sandals. Definitely going to become a summer staple for its versatility.” Cindy Cheng, Search Lead“An oversized tee is always a good idea, and especially if it comes in Breton-stripes. It’ll look great paired with a jeans, or could even be worn as a dress when the days get warmer.” Nina Meeger, Editorial Assistant“I’ve opted for this bronzed slip dress with a cute lace trim. I’ll wear it with classic crew neck tees during the day or slingback heels to elevate it for evening occasions.” Grace Duce, Copywriter“I love a good two-piece, because it gives you endless outfit options. I would go for this matching blouse and skirt combination and wear it together for special occasions this summer, or separately to update my everyday look.” Cailin Klohk, Digital Editor“White trainers are a summer wardrobe staple and you can never have too many. I like these because they will go with anything, whether it’s a dress, a suit, jeans or a pair of shorts.” Anne-Martine Toussaint, Editorial Assistant
Tucking a knitted top into a pair of figure-hugging cycling shorts might sound like a terrible idea in theory, but in practice it’s the perfect way to take spandex pants from sporty to chic. Partnering black cycling shorts with neutral colors like beige, light gray and cream keeps the look minimal and fresh. Complete the outfit with big silver hoops. Biking shorts at the office? Sure! A blue striped shirt dress adds a crisp and more dressed-up feeling to the sporty pants. Try tying the dress in a different way for a more interesting look — you’ll want to show off the shorts in the front and cover them in the back. Pair with a raffia and leather detailed bag to make the look the perfect mix of vacation vibes and city life. Adding volume to either the upper or the bottom part of the body while keeping the other part slim creates interesting — and flattering — proportions. Opt for a puffy blouse with voluminous sleeves to balance the slim-fitting cycling shorts, and don’t be afraid to put on those high heels! A big black hat adds just the right amount of flamboyance to an otherwise toned-down outfit. When paired with the right accessories, cycling shorts can become a chic option for a cocktail party in no time.
Nothing says, ‘Summer, come at me’, quite like a tropical print. Part of the SS19 California trend (which includes tie-dye and surf vibes) as seen at labels like R13, Etro and Calvin Klein, island-ready motifs are a surefire way to bring some sunshine to your look. Even if the weather’s not quite there yet… So, here are five of the best pieces dropping on ASOS to give us that totally tropical taste for the new season.First up, we have this burnt orange co-ord that’s ideal as a duo for festival season. Or, if you want to work some tropical prints into your transitional look, the jacket would work with jeans or a midi skirt. Plus, the shorts will come in handy when vacation planning’s in session. How can you say no? No woman is an island but she can certainly rock an island print from time to time. Obviously, this totally tropical boiler suit is ideal for your next vaycay, but why not think outside the box and add it to your day-to-day lineup? Make it work for cooler weather by layering a lightweight roll-neck underneath and adding ankle boots.We’ve seen the bias skirt in hundreds of different iterations, but this one is in the running to be one of our faves. Tropical print? Check. Neon shades? Yep. Floaty silhouette? You got it. The only question now is whether to wear it with trainers or neon heels…This cut-out frock is born to be worn for cocktails by the pool at a super sunny destination, paired with the season’s natural accessories. Or, when the warmer weather hits your hometown, it’s the perfect going out-out look for a balmy staycation night. Who needs a holiday anyway?OK, this might be a bit out of left field, but how about swapping your standard black office trousers for these funky tropical-print ones? The rest of the outfit just needs to be pared back a little – a white shirt and loafers should do it. Go on, we dare you…
Wedding season is just around the corner and getting the perfect fancy ‘fit ready is on all our to-do lists. So whether you’re heading to a slick city reception, a countryside ‘do or a beachy bash abroad, we’ve locked down this summer’s most on-point outfits for the occasion. From pretty-as-a-picture dresses to smart shorts suits, this is how to get wedding-ready in 2019.It’s a wedding, but in the city you can definitely make it fashion. We love a suit combo for a town hall ceremony, and this peppy yellow getup will add a little sunshine to everyone’s life (much needed if rain becomes an unwelcome guest). Add a little colour-clash with your heels and handbag, along with a statement eye.You can’t go wrong with a gingham number for a classic country wedding and a fancy hotel reception. Fabulously floaty, the loose midi skirt on this one will send you spinning on the D-floor. Pair it with pastel heels and a so-SS19 straw bag for the perfect match. Headed to a wedding abroad? A strapless dress like this one should help you keep your cool while serving some serious style. Think pink with your purse and pumps for a matchy-matchy vibe. To finish, add some gold earrings and a bold eyeshadow.
Following on from the success of the Christian Dior exhibit, today the V&A museum in London opens its latest show, Mary Quant. Now, if you don’t know who Quant is, get familiar: in the 60s, the designer and her famous King’s Road boutique Bazaar revolutionised women’s fashion and popularised many of the fashion delights we freely enjoy today. To give you a run down, here are five key trends she brought to the fore and how we’re wearing them this season.Quant may not have actually invented the mini skirt (that was French designer André Courrèges), but she played a huge part in making it an iconic fashion moment of the 60s. And, while today a mini skirt is a signature in most women’s wardrobes, back then it was a controversial move-on from the longer silhouettes of the post-war era. This season, nearly 60 years later, take a cue from Camila Coelho and wear a mini with a longline coat and knee-high boots.Not content with elevating the hemlines of dresses and skirts, Quant went a step further in liberating women from dressing like their mothers by creating hot pants. They’ve had a hiatus over the last couple of months, but short shorts are back this season, thanks to labels like Loewe, Chloé and Alexander Wang. Balance the silhouette by pairing it with a utility jacket and some flat boots like Doina Ciobanu, seen here wearing Loewe during fashion month.In order to keep her London clientele comfortable (and warm) in her super-short designs, the designer had the genius idea of getting theatrical tights manufacturers to create stockings for her store. With tights being our saviours for the cold weather (and when we don’t feel like getting our bare legs out but still wanna wear our fave dresses), all we can say is, ‘Thank you, Mary’.As well as new silhouettes, Quant experimented with some unexpected materials for the first time – including super-shiny PVC, to which she dedicated a whole collection. So yep, we have Mary to thank for those edgy (and squeaky) trousers and dresses the Kardashians love, plus some seriously good outerwear. Make like this street styler and pair a high-shine coat with a football scarf, keeping the rest of the look understated.And just when you thought Quant couldn’t have done more for your wardrobe, you discover that she’s also responsible for your favourite ribbed knit. It came about when the designer tried on an eight-year-old boy’s school sweater for fun (as you do) and the next thing you know, half of 60s London was rocking them. We’re heading into warm-weather territory but a thin version works well for chillier days – or a thick style for when the office air con is on full blast.
Put the tights down – it’s spring and you can now (or soon in any case) rock a skirt with bare legs. And there are plenty of sunshine-ready trouser alternatives to choose from this season, from teeny-tiny minis to kilt-like midaxis. To get you started, we’ve picked out some of the flyest skirts on the scene, as seen on the style set at the recent fashion weeks.We’ve been obsessed with midis and maxis for the last few years (and still are), but hemlines are slowly rising again, as exemplified by Emili Sindlev and her yellow Gucci mini. The stylist also proves that teeny tiny skirts aren’t just for going out-out. The addition of an oversized blazer and flat boots is a recipe for the cutest weekend outfit we’ve seen in a while.Yup, safari styles are a big deal this season, and a beige skirt with some hardware details is a wearable way to tap into the trend. This one gets extra points for its asymmetric silhouette, a nice unexpected twist on the minimal vibe. Even better, this street styler cleverly pairs it with a tropical print shirt. A match made in heaven. Satin numbers are the skirt of choice around the ASOS office at the moment, and the trend will no doubt last throughout the summer and beyond. US blogger Jaime Xie sports a pastel purple version, pairing it with a blue knit and statement heels. For more of a casual vibe, a white T-shirt and some boxfresh sneakers will work nicely. If your style is on the androgynous side, there’s no reason why you can’t work a skirt into the mix, as this getup demonstrates. A checked kilt-ish skirt, a band tee and some tough boots result in a vibe Malcolm McLaren would be proud of. Add some waterproof outerwear for April showers, naturally.As mentioned, the mini is back, and what better way to rock it than via a croc-print leather version? You already know that animal print is huge for 2019 and the textured material adds an extra edge. Let the skirt shine with a minimal top and jacket up top.The classic polka-dot pattern featured in many an SS19 collection – think Shrimps, Kenzo and Celine. At Budapest Central European Fashion Week, Diana Enciu was spotted (lol) in a flowy yellow dotty number and a black blazer. It’s a look which just might be our next workwear win (minus the crop top).