Fashion: French Chic 1 – Neutrals {Day Wear}

French Chic Neutrals Day Wear

I have been doing a lot of reading and googling about French style, which has been very fun! In every book, blog, website and magazine article I have read, NEUTRALS and BASICS play a big part in a French Woman’s Wardrobe.

I love the idea of basics, staples, things that you wear in a variety of ways for a variety of occasions.

I also love the idea of neutrals. Colours and shades of colours that can be dressed up or dressed down depending on the ocassion.

Polyvore is the BEST place to play with clothes… I can dream and ogle over colours and textures and styles while sipping cappaccino and keeping half and eye on my children {not to mention the deep breaths my credit card takes}.

Here are 10 items that I would consider ‘Basics’… It is waaaay more beigey-whitey-tan than I have in my wardrobe, but I thought 10 was such a neat number.

French Chic_ Neutrals - 10 Basics - PolyvoreWhat you have here:

  • A fabulous off white shirt dress – can be dressed up or down or even layered
  • A stunning metallic tunic, great for night or dressy day wear
  • A loose fitting knit
  • A fabulous wool coat, that is just a little bit different
  • A ‘Piano Teacher Top’: this is lace, and has a bow and is gorgeous
  • A cute skirt that can be dressed up or down
  • A pair of neutral jeans – these are floral, but would cut it as neutral
  • A fabulous sparkly handbag which will match anything
  • Two pairs of shoes: a stylish snake skin kitten heel and a beige Oxford loafer


Now, how to wear them…

Below are 7 outfits that incorporate these items. A change of shoes or some colourful accessories can do wonders for these Neutral Basics…

Oh, and all of the outfits are very suitable to Paris…. therefore they have all been labelled with where they would be best suited…


French Chic_ Picnic At The Trocadero - Polyvore



French Chic_ Climb the Eiffel Tower - Polyvore



French Chic_ Sunday Markets - Polyvore



French Chic_ Carousel Ride - Polyvore



French Chic_ Louvre for the Day - Polyvore

French Chic_ Boat on the Siene - Polyvore



French Chic_ Gallery Opening - Polyvore
Most of these outfits are quite tailored, which again, is so typically French. They love well made, stylish clothes. These outfits would be great for many a day time escape {the last one was just too pretty to not include here…}.

I hope that these sets help you to see basics or staples in your wardrobes in a new way. ‘Neutral’ to some may also be black or grey {I wear a LOT of grey and not so much of the whitey/tanny kinds of neutrals} so just decide what are your basics: those good quality, well made, figure flattering clothes in your wardrobe that just need a bit of zingaling to bring them into the NOW look…

Some tips for the coming season…

HOT – metallics, pointy toed shoes, bold stripes.

If you can add any of these elements to those basic staples, you will look well ‘turned out’ every time.


What is your favourite, must have item in your wardrobe that you would consider a staple?


Head on over to Polyvore to see more of the outfits I have put together there

I pin all my outfits onto my ‘My Style Board’ and ‘BBeingCool- The Blog Board’


Why am I so into Paris right now? You need to read this… 

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  1. I want all these pieces. How gorgeous do they all look together. The sparkly tunic is lovely. Rachel xx
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  2. Hi B, love these outfits combinations, definately my style of clothing. Off to the shops now ha ha

  3. My favourite is the Eiffel Tower outfit!
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  4. Althea Young says:

    Neutral color, touch of tan, beige are my favorite color especially in sandals. Its simple color but if you add accessories, sun glass and make up definitely you are in to the trend.
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  5. Marnie Byod says:

    I love these mix and match pieces.
    I wanted to try this out. I’ll try to find something in my closet which are very close to these styles.
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  6. Hi Belinda,
    J’adore, tres jollie! Makes me want to visit Paris again.

  7. Lisa Mckenzie says:

    I love these outfits I do like a nice neutral item in my wardrobe and do admire French women their chic ness not a word but you know what I mean ,I adore that jumper I am a sucker for anything with pockets and love love those tan shoes and the leather jacket,Oh ok I love everything.My favourite staples in my wardrobe would have to be jeans and ponte leggings/pants and I have a couple of tunic dresses I wear too,one denim and one taupe and black with tights and boots.and quite a few knits in my wardorobe and scarves I collect them ,I love scarves .I love this Parisian style guide we can be French in the suburbs!