Who doesn’t love clothing from France? Here’s a roundup of the 20 hottest French fashion brands you need to know about!
The best clothing from France doesn’t just come from top luxury designers and household names. Heck, most of us can’t even afford those brands anyway; although I admit they are fun to window shop.
But what if you could afford something French, something chic, maybe even from the City of Light itself ( Ville lumière)? These French fashion brands are the talk of all Parisians in the know, while some acheiving a cult-like following on social media. The best part? They come at different price points, depending on your budget.
I’ve had my eyes on many of these French clothing brands for a while. They embody everything I look for in fashion: modern + timeless + chic (+ FUN). You may already be familiar with some of these French brands, while others you aren’t yet–and all the more reason to check them out!
This post is all about clothing from France.
Best Clothing From France
Founded by native French-turned-New Yorker, Gaëlle Drevet, The Frankie Shop embodies the “je ne sais quoi” synonymous with clothing from France while balancing the masculine/feminine aesthetic. The brand’s expertly-tailored pieces are surely the type to secure their place in your wardrobe for life. While these gorgeous pieces come at a premium price point, it’s never a bad idea to invest in a classic pair of trousers or an oversized boyfriend blazer.
Retail stores are based in the fashion meccas of New York City and Paris. Shop The Frankie Shop at Net-A-Porter.
You’d be hard-pressed to find a fashionista in this day and age who doesn’t know about Sézane. As I type this post on a rainy day in November, wearing my cozy, Gaspard cardigan in camel, I can say this was the French clothing brand that did it for me. In other words brought affordable, high-quality, and sustainable fashion to style-obsessed, mini-Francophiles around the world, like myself.
From stylish wardrobe essentials like the Max button-down shirt to their coveted leather belts, trendy jewelry, and their collection of classy chic handbags it’s always a joy to browse the latest finds.
Founded by best friends and fashionistas, Barbara Boccara and Sharon Krief, ba&sh is no newcomer to clothing from France. The brand embodies freedom and joyful elegance, mixing trendy and classy in a celebration of style. Find everything from knit jackets to party dresses, footwear, and more.
They even offer a second-hand section full of gorgeous, pre-loved pieces for the eco-conscious or budget-focused.
Sandro’s the dream of founder and artistic director, Evelyne Chetrite, whose inspiration comes from her colorful childhood spent in Morocco. The brand celebrates femininity, fun, and what I like to call “Parisian city chic”: classic pieces with a youthful twist. With trendy knitwear and classic blazers, you can dress up or down, this is the place to take your workwear from basic to chic.
Be sure to check out their secondhand section for discounted finds.
Bobbies is a super-chic French brand for stylish, elegant, and high-quality footwear and leather goods. I recently fell in love with the brand after purchasing a pair of patent leather slides that I ended up wearing most of the summer.
Not only that, but they came in a scented shoe box that still smells amazing each time I open it (reminiscent of Elle Woods’ stationery in Legally Blonde). Talk about a good customer experience.
If you’re committed to investing in meticulously crafted footwear with a nod to ethics and sustainability for your capsule wardrobe, I highly recommend this brand.
Judith Milgrom is the founder of Maje, a French fashion brand that embodies the Parisian chic aesthetic while also honoring the nuanced faces of the French woman, from classic to eclectic and everything in-between. Find fashion-forward pieces that will take you from date nights to concerts to everyday outfits.
This clothing from France is definitely for the woman who loves to have fun with her style.
7. Saint James
We can’t talk about French fashion without mentioning Saint James, the inventor of the “dubbed” emblem of French heritage, the Breton-striped shirt. This fashion brand goes back to the mid-1800s starting with a family-owned spinning mill in the village of St. James in Normandy France.
Léon Legallais designed the first Breton-striped wool sweater, or chandail, sold to the Breton fisherman in need of something unrestrictive to keep warm. The rest is history.
The brand has an affordable selection of Breton-striped shirts in different colors and styles, but don’t miss out on their high-quality knitwear and outerwear for a piece of French history.
Zadig & Voltaire offers a twist on French fashion with contemporary pieces crafted from luxury materials. The style is bold, individuated, and something you might call “French streetwear”, IMO. If you love the contrast and juxtaposition that Parisian chic style brings, you may fall for any one of the brand’s stylish pieces from leather jackets to studded boots to graphic tees.
If you’re a bit edgy, their handbag collection gives that quintessential cool-girl look that’s sure to please.
The French House of Polène came to the fashion scene in 2016. Started by three siblings, the fashion house designs leather goods with an emphasis on luxury, minimalism, and timelessness. The designs are “not your basic luxury handbag” designs and are welcomed by many fashionistas across all social channels.
For those looking to purchase a luxury handbag without the luxury price, I recommend giving Polène a look. Be sure to check out their exclusive jewelry collection too!
Rouje is the fashion brand behind the modern “O.G.” French girl, Jeanne Damas, founded in 2016. As quoted on the website, Rouje draws directly from the essence of its founder, “inspiration from the everyday pleasures of simple life and vintage aesthetics”.
Whether you’ve been a long-time follower or new to the Jeanne Damas fangirl club, a look through the brand’s collection makes you feel like you’re shopping in her wardrobe.
Find everything from trendy skirts to feminine cardigans and sassy dresses, all with a hint of vintage thrown in.
IRO is a Parisian brand inspired by the American rock scene of the ’70s and ’80s. The aesthetic is a blend of vintage cool girl meets sophisticated cosmopolitan with a hint of Parisian chic. In other words, it’s luxuriously edgy and a touch romantic. IRO’s eclectic collection offers stylish pieces including tweed jackets, bombers, and sexy leather boots that feel as good as they look (speaking from personal experience!).
12. Loulou Studio
A recent newcomer to clothing from France, Loulou Studio, offers chic wardrobe essentials that embody femininity, minimalism, and softness. Expertly crafted and tailored with a touch of masculine, the brand balances the key elements of French fashion we covet most. From oversized knits to impeccably designed trousers and waist coasts, we all deserve a piece of Loulou Studio in our wardrobes.
13. Rosae Paris
Rosae Paris is everything you’d want from an elevated capsule wardrobe collection. Started in 2019 by Claire Teixeira, a Parisian and lifelong fashionista, the collection embodies the most coveted wardrobe essentials and timeless collectibles for one’s closet.
Get your fix of classic knitwear, wool coats, and ballet flats from this independent brand.
14. Marie Marot
Marie Marot celebrates the timelessness of the collared shirt, the hero of any French woman’s wardrobe. With menswear-inspired cuts that are slightly oversized and reasonably priced, you’d be smart to add one of these pieces to your wardrobe.
The brand even came out with a collaboration with J. Crew.
15. La Redoute
If you’re on a budget, but just have to get your hands on clothing from France, check out La Redoute. Their in-house brand, La Redoute Collections, offers affordable wardrobe essentials, pajamas, lingerie, leather boots, and even trouser socks that will complement any capsule or classic wardrobe. Plus, there are plenty of trendy finds to refresh your style with each season.
Check out their reasonably-priced in-house cashmere collection to style with all your winter outfits.
16. Sonia Rykiel
Sonia Rykiel is a French designer brand that’s been on the scene since the 1970s. After passing away in 2016, the French designer remains one of the forefront figures of Parisian ready-to-wear. The aesthetic defies the rules of fashion offering modern pieces with a definite nod to trends, party dresses, and youthful flair.
Be sure to check out these other chic brands for your fix of clothing from France.
Pro-Tip: As with all international shopping, keep in mind the return policies to ensure a hassle-free experience.
What’s your favorite brand of clothing from France? Comment below.
This post was all about clothing from france