black and white, french style, french fashion, street style,

Purple Beret + Black and White Stripes

black and white, french style, french fashion, street style,

Classic French style cues: bright beret, black and white stripes.

*Will this outfit work on your body type? All my outfits emphasize flattering an apple shape -wider shoulders/narrow hips. In this picture I am 5’1″ 143lbs. I am petite and also have a high waist and short torso.

French Style: Simple and Bold

When I think of quintessential French style, I immediately think bold black and white stripes and a pop of color beret. Apple shapes look best when these block stripes are on the lower half of the body, creating more width in the hip area. I like to keep everything else all black in this outfit since there’s so much going on with the skirt and the hat. I chose a muted berry red instead of a bright red lipstick to complete the look. What do you think is quintessential French style?

Where you can find items similar to what I’m wearing

These American Rag wedge booties are super comfy with their low heel. Here’s a similar pair from the same brand.
And if you need some tights, I love perfectly opaque, matte (I hate shiny) tights with a high waist band so they don’t budge all day.
Here are some great black and white striped skirt and dress options: 


I couldn’t find this color beret anywhere so I had it custom made. Here are some other great color options. When it comes to berets, I think the key is to find one that is large enough so it has some slack and looks more slouchy and less stiff.

Some slouchy berets to choose from: 


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  • 12 pieces = 35 outfits
  • tips for choosing each piece specific to flattering your shape
  • picture of author wearing each outfit so you can visualize the items on an apple shape
  • item links for budget conscious women


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