7 French clothing brands worn by chic women - ils sont Magnifique!

These are the French clothing brands that have that certain je ne sais quoi.

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French style never goes out of fashion and we've found the French clothing brands that'll upgrade your closet in an instant.

We love British clothing brands, but there's something about the way French women dress that makes everyone want to follow suit. So much so, if you Google 'how to dress like...' the first option to come up is 'like a French woman'. And this is no surprise considering they possess the power to look effortlessly chic at all times. To nail this look, you'll want to curate a capsule wardrobe of staple pieces that don't rely on fashion trends and that will always look amazing. Classic pieces that never go out of style and feel timeless, such as Breton tops and the best blazers for women to great skinny jeans and the best leather jackets.

And while French women's must admired style has a lot to do with the pieces they choose, French clothing brands also play a starring role in creating one of the most lusted after styles. Meaning, if you know where to shop, you too can have enviable French style. From the best midi dresses at destination label Rouje, to La Redoute for our best summer outfits for work and the impeccable label Sézane for some of the best cashmere sweaters. These are the French clothing brands that will inject instant chic into your closet. 

The best French clothing brands chosen by our fashion editors 

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1. Ba&sh

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If you're looking for gorgeous exclusive prints, daytime dresses and blouses that'll still make a statement and timeless knitwear, Ba&sh will be one of the best French clothing brands for you. Made for women, by women, the label created in 2003 isn't a new brand but it's one that's getting more popular every season thanks to its wearable designs and dedicated Instagram following. 

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2. Claudie Pierlot

Claudie Pierlot best french clothing brand

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Created in the '80s, Claudie Pierlot launched her designer label 'for the women of Paris' and the brand soon became a worldwide hit and it's no surprise. With elegant cuts, timeless silhouettes and actually wearable designs that won't require you to take out a loan, Claudie Pierlot is trend-led while also being conscious of the environment, with directional pieces that can be love and worn forever.

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3. La Redoute

La Redoute best french clothing brands

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Looking for new workwear or want to update your existing wardrobe with key pieces? La Redoute is the French equivalent to brands like Zara or Mango and is a go-to for everyday styles along with items you can dress up for after-dark too. It also has the best homeware so you can update your interiors at the same time.

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4. Musier Paris

Musier Paris best french clothing brands

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Founded in 2018 by French style influencer @annelauremais, with 656,000 followers or her own the Musier Paris Instagram account soon gained a whole host of loyal followers who knew the brand would be super chic and wanted to buy into the influencer's brand. Now, the label has become a cult French fashion label thanks to its knitted dresses, cool coats and tops with elegant necklines. 

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5. Rouje

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Founded by Parisian style icon Jeanne Damas in 2016, the label became an instant success, as women clamoured to get a slice of her wardrobe. From could-be-vintage printed midi skirts to tea dresses and relaxed knitwear, the brand has everything to add a feminine feel to French dressing. The clothes might be understated, but you'll feel like a star from one of Netflix's best French TV shows in them.

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6. Sézane

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Parisian brand Sézane is renowned for its distinctive luxury knitwear. Founded in 2013, the label aimed to create pieces with a designer feel but without the hefty price tag. Now, the French brand is loved worldwide (especially by London women), and has even been worn by the Duchess of Cambridge  - so if you're a fan of the Duchess, Sézane is just one of several places to shop Kate Middleton's dresses.

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7. The Frankie Shop

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If you haven't heard of The Frankie Shop, then you need to. Loved by fashion insiders, the label was founded by a French journalist. With a store in Paris and NYC, the brand is a cross between the two leading fashion cities. The minimalist, fuss-free designs are so popular, some styles (including the recent khaki quilted coat) sell out almost immediately. With other much-loved labels including Nanushka, Samsøe and Samsøe, Ganni and Otiumberg on-site, you're bound to find something to add to your forever style essentials list. 

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The best French clothing brands at a glance

  • Ba&sh - best for nice tops to go with jeans from $87 / £65
  • Claudie Pierlot - best for eco-friendly denim from $93 / £69
  • La Redoute - best for wardrobe staples and workwear from $14 / £10
  • Musier Paris- best for gorgeous outerwear and Instagram-loved dresses from $79 / £59
  • Rouje- best for printed dresses and tops from $34 / £25
  • Sézane - best for good quality knitwear and retro denim from $54 / £40
  • The Frankie Shop - best for loungewear and oversized tailoring from $55 / £40
Harriet Davey

Harriet Davey is a freelance fashion editor, writing and styling for titles including Vogue, Stylist, Grazia, Who What Wear, and woman&home. With over 10 years of experience in the industry, Harriet has a love for shopping but also a newfound interest in trying to be more sustainable. With a love for Scandi brands and an eye for key designer pieces to mix in with high street hero buys, Harriet specialises in shopping stories and buying guides that’ll make you feel excited about updating your wardrobe.

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