The Classic French Capsule Wardrobe

Welcome back! I haven’t been writing as many blog posts recently as I’m working on a little project that I’m trying to wrap up (and hopefully that you’ll really like!) But, the other day I suddenly felt very inspired to create a Classic French Capsule Wardrobe using items I already have in my closet. So, I thought I’d share that with you today!

Classic French style is the basis for a lot of capsule wardrobes, because it’s both stylish yet functional, and classic but contemporary. These are pieces that will never go out of style and that can work for a variety of occasions and seasons. I hope it helps inspire you for your own capsule wardrobe; it also works great as a packing list for any upcoming trips you might have!

I don’t think there’s any ‘definitive’ classic French capsule wardrobe out there (though most include similar items), so this is my spin on it. I’m using pieces I already own, but I’ve linked to similar options where I can if you’re interested. The only thing I don’t own is the dress, but I just didn’t feel like I had a black dress that really suited this capsule well.

The capsule includes 18 items total: four tops, three bottoms, two layers, three shoes, and a handful of accessories which will allow you to create a multitude of looks for everyday, the office, or more formal occasions. Without further ado, let’s get into the capsule!

The Classic French Capsule Wardrobe

Classic French Capsule Wardrobe - Emily Lightly

Item List:

  • White Tee – old Aritzia (similar here)
  • Cami – old Aritzia (similar here)
  • Stripe Top – old Everlane (similar here)
  • Button Up – thrifted (similar here or here)
  • Leather Jacket – old Zara (similar here)
  • Denim – AGOLDE
  • Trousers – old Aritzia (similar here)
  • Pencil Skirt – old Aritzia (similar here)
  • Black Dress – Everlane
  • Trench Coat – old Aritzia (similar here)
  • Sneakers – Veja
  • Flats – Everlane
  • Heels – old Aldo
  • Sunglasses – Ray-Ban
  • Tote – old Auxiliary (similar here)
  • Side Bag – old Auxiliary (similar here or here)
  • Watch – Rosefield
  • Red Lipstick – I love the RMS Lipsticks for a clean beauty option

Outfit Ideas

There are so many outfits that can be created using these pieces. Here are a few ideas to get you started!

Outfit 1

Classic French Capsule Wardrobe - Emily Lightly

Outfit 2

Classic French Capsule Wardrobe - Emily Lightly

Outfit 3

Classic French Capsule Wardrobe - Emily Lightly

Outfit 4

Classic French Capsule Wardrobe - Emily Lightly

Outfit 5

Classic French Capsule Wardrobe - Emily Lightly

Outfit 6

Classic French Capsule Wardrobe - Emily Lightly

Outfit 7

Classic French Capsule Wardrobe - Emily Lightly

Outfit 8

Classic French Capsule Wardrobe - Emily Lightly

Outfit 9

Classic French Capsule Wardrobe - Emily Lightly

Outfit 10

Classic French Capsule Wardrobe - Emily Lightly

I hope you enjoyed this post! Are you a fan of the Classic French Capsule Wardrobe? Let me know in the comments below.

Thanks for reading,

Emily Lightly

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