French Fashion for All Ages

French Fashion for All Ages

French fashion is timeless and elegant, and it is anything but ageist. Here are some of our favorite French fashion pieces for all ages.

Let us remember the wise words of Coco Chanel: “Fashion changes, style endures.” Aim to be stylish over fashionable, and you’ll always stay in step.

Here are some timeless, stylish French looks that we love, that look good on everyone.


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Devil-May-Care Sunglasses

Oscar-nominee and superstar actress Isabelle Huppert is 67 and always looks sexy and chic. Part of what lights up this star’s look is her sunnies. Huppert is frequently photographed wearing super-chic sunglasses. The actress tends to favor big, black sunglasses that offer ample coverage and protection from those pesky paparazzi.


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A Killer Bag 

A bag goes well with anything and anyone. Dior, Chanel, YSL, Longchamp – or non-French brands like Ted Baker, Ralph Lauren, etc. – all have lots to offer in this category. For the economically-minded, opt for a black bag – it goes with everything, so you won’t need to purchase multiple pricey bags in the interest of color coordination.


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Velvet Blazer

Some may protest that this is too much of a younger look, to which I’d argue: Tell that to Carla Bruni. Fifty-something Italian-born Bruni, who is a model and singer and former first lady of France, donned a gorgeous wine-red velvet blazer recently, and looked stunning in it. Do as Bruni does: Go with confidence.


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Rings & Things

Accessories can cement a look and boost it to even greater fashion heights. Look to photographs of Carine Roitfeld, the 60-something former editor-in-chief of Vogue Paris for some inspiration. Carine is always sporting some enviable accessories, like bold necklaces, eye-catching earrings, and more.


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A Bold Lip

Lipstick knows no age limits. Find a color that suits you best, and wear with abandon. Life is too short to care what other people may think of your lip look, or any of your looks, for that matter.


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A Leather Jacket

The Oscar-winning actress Juliette Binoche, who is in her mid-50s, loves to sport a seriously sexy leather jacket that looks equal parts tough, elegant, and bold.


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Bad*ss Boots

Rock some amazing boots – riding boots, ankle boots, heeled boots; you name it –they all do the trick. Boots always elevate – both literally, and figuratively – one’s look.


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The Scarf

Saving the best for last, we come to: the scarf. Scarves in France have “icon” status as pieces of a wardrobe, and for good reason, too. A scarf can dress up any look, no matter what you’re wearing, and instantly make you look more pulled together and effortlessly chic.

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Anne McCarthy is a contributing writer to BBC News, Teen Vogue, The Telegraph, Dance Magazine, and more. She has a Masters in Creative Writing from the University of Westminster and is the Editor in Chief of Fat Tire Tours’ travel blog. She lives in New York City.