The Surprising Paris Fashion Week Trend We Simply Did Not See Coming

With a distinctly French twist, of course

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There’s just something special about French fashion that I can’t quite put my finger on, but that is especially true during Paris Fashion Week. The roughly week-long period when designers from all the greatest fashion houses (Chanel, Dior, Vivienne Westwood, etc.) doubles as a showcase for some of the best street style looks of the year. As a fashion editor, I’ve gotten fairly good at predicting many of the top trends folks might wear to all the fashion shows, but there are always surprises and few have been more surprising than the latest Parisian hit—double denim. Yes, the Canadian tuxedo has made its way across the Atlantic, albeit with a distinctly French twist.

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In addition to the wave of expected trends—cherry red, ‘90s influences, etc.—I saw countless Paris Fashion Week attendees sporting two-piece denim sets. To be honest, with all the inspiring street style that pops up in Paris, denim isn’t often a popular choice, even as a base for more over-the-top shirts or shoes. So to see it show up as the star of so many outfits was a delightful surprise.

But of course, these gals weren’t just going full western with a matching denim trucker jacket and straight-leg jeans. They instead put a French twist on the easy ensemble, elevating the duo beyond what I’ve seen in the states in recent years. There were denim trench coats worn over baggy jeans, numerous detailed midi skirt silhouettes with denim shirts and cropped jackets and matching distressed sets styled to the nines. There were even some showgoers who made no effort at all to attempt to match the different washes—which, when combined with that iconic French sensibility, ended up looking effortlessly cool, instead of sloppy. As for the other elements of their outfits (coats, handbags, shoes, jewelry), all opted for sleek, elegant styles that further helped to elevate humble denim.

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If you want to recreate this French woman-approved spring outfit, try thinking outside the usual denim box. Look at patterned and patchwork styles, play around with less common silhouettes and don’t stress too much about whether or not your denims are an exact match. Read on for a list of our favorite new French woman denim staples.

This comfy two-piece set looks far more expensive than it’s under-$100 price tag thanks in large part to those standout gold buttons. The subtle wavy pattern also lends an interesting flare without being too over the top.


  • Size Range: US 2 to 10

This chic top is a true triple threat, incorporating three trends—denim, corsetry, indigo washes—into one must-have piece. The material is also made with ample stretch to conform to your curves without feeling constrictive and is thick enough have a subtle smoothing effect.


  • Size Range: 1XL to 3XL

This classic jacket silhouette comes with a removable belt should you decide you prefer a looser look. And with regular, petite and tall sizes, everyone can get the exact fit they like. It’s also made partially from recycled cotton as an eco-friendly bonus.


  • Size Range: XXS to XXL, also Petite and Tall

This flowy maxi is reportedly surprisingly lightweight, making it a great investment for spring and summer. To balance out all that material, be sure to pair it with a cropped jacket, chambray shirt or other lighter shirt.


  • Size Range: US 24 to 32

We love the idea of pairing this sexy jumpsuit with a denim trench coat or oversize jacket, but it would look just as cute with a blazer or cardigan, if that’s more your style. Just note, reviews suggest it runs small, so be sure to check the size chart before you add to cart.


  • Size Range: US 00 to 16, also Petite and Tall

If you’re more of a matchy-matchy gal, this J.Crew set is giving us major French woman vibes, and can be easily mixed in with other wardrobe staples. Both pieces reportedly fit true to size, but some taller reviewers do suggest going up one size in the skirt so that it sits lower on your hips with the hem hitting closer to mid-thigh.


  • Size Range: US 00 to 16

You can never go wrong with a pair of high-waist, wide-leg jeans, but this Reformation pair has the added bonus of rivets along the seams as a trendy twist on the classic. To make these trousers feel more Parisian, pair them with tailored staples (like a white button-up shirt or a cashmere cardigan) or a second denim piece with more elevated vibes (like a dark-wash trench coat or belted blazer).


  • Size Range: US 23 to 34

We came for the gorgeous indigo wash, but stayed upon discovering the incredible attention to detail on these Madewell jeans. The contrasting seams down the front help elongate your legs, and the wide belt loops feel incredibly cool, while still being practical. P.S. Some reviewers found the rigid denim fit a bit snug, so you may want to consider going up one size from your usual.


  • Size Range: US 23 to 34



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