Trends

The “Dated” Trend French Women Still Love to Wear

One thing we’ve noticed about French women is their shared ability to breathe new life into older trends—looks some might even deem “dated.” But with their natural flair and laid-back approach to styling, they have influenced us to wear a trend we previously wrote off. Enter corduroy. While this retro fabric has long been considered a basic, we haven’t seen it as much in the last few years. But make no mistake—if you follow the Gallic-girl dress code, it’s one of the season’s biggest trends.

French Girl Corduroy Outfits: @jeannedamas wears a corduroy pair of trousers with a shearling jacket

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@jeannedamas

Although the material has roots in the ’70s, French women are giving their corduroy staples a modern feel, wearing them in fresh new ways. Take Julie Sergent Ferreri, whose bright-pink corduroy suit was one of the sleekest looks we clocked during Paris Fashion Week. And Franny Fyne? She makes her classic tan corduroy blazer feel bang-up-to-date with the addition of crisp ecru denim and on-trend cowboy boots. Throw in a look from Camille Charrière that involves a corduroy miniskirt and a leather jacket, and it’s clear that corduroy is an integral part of the current French wardrobe.

Scroll on to see six French-girl corduroy outfits that have convinced us to dig out our long-forgotten corduroy pieces once more. Don’t worry, however, if you haven’t already invested in the trend—we’ve outlined essential buys in the fabric for you below, too.

1. GO TONAL

French Girl Corduroy Outfits: @tamaramory wears a pair of brown corduroy trousers

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@tamaramory

Style Notes: Although brown corduroy might teeter on feeling dated, Tamara Mory makes her trousers feel more modern by wearing them with a tonal camel jumper and then offsetting with sleek black sock boots. 

Shop the look:
Reiss Nova Camel Knitted Cashmere Mix Roll Neck Jumper
Reiss
Nova Camel Knitted Cashmere Mix Roll Neck Jumper
£98
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Zara Corduroy Trousers
Zara
Corduroy Trousers
£30
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& Other Stories Almond Toe Leather Sock Boots
& Other Stories
Almond Toe Leather Sock Boots
£135
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2. INVEST IN A VERSATILE MINI

French Girl Corduroy Outfits: @camillcharriere wears a navy corduroy skirt

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@camillcharriere

Style Notes: You might not think there’s a place for corduroy skirts in the fashion-girl uniform, but as Camille Charrière proves, they look incredible paired with trending pieces such as platform boots and leather blazers. 

Shop the look:
River Island Plus Black Faux Leather Oversized Blazer
River Island
Plus Black Faux Leather Oversized Blazer
£65
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Mango Long Sleeve Lyocell T-Shirt
Mango
Long Sleeve Lyocell T-Shirt
£18
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& Other Stories Corduroy Mini Skirt
& Other Stories
Corduroy Mini Skirt
£55
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3. ELEVATE A BLAZER

French Girl Corduroy Outfits: @frannfyne wears a corduroy jacket with white jeans

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@frannfyne

Style Notes: Trousers not your thing? A corduroy blazer will blend just as seamlessly into your existing wardrobe. Make like Franny and pair yours with white jeans and cowboy boots for a 2022 feel. 

Shop the look:
Saint Laurent Corduroy Double-Breasted Blazer
Saint Laurent
Corduroy Double-Breasted Blazer
£2420
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Arket Cropped Jeans
Arket
Cropped Jeans
£59
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Karen Millen Classic Pointed Western Leather Ankle Boot
Karen Millen
Classic Pointed Western Leather Ankle Boot
£145
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4. DON’T DISREGARD COLOUR

French Girl Corduroy Outfits: @vikilefevre wears a pair of yellow corduroy trousers

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@vikilefevre

Style Notes: Although classic shades of brown, tan, and navy corduroy will always serve you well, don’t be afraid to channel the fabric in brighter coluorways, just like Anne-Victoire Lefevre has here with her delicate yellow trousers. 

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Zara Cropped Jacket
Zara
Cropped Jacket
£50
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Boyy Disc 30 Leather Handbag
Boyy
Disc 30 Leather Handbag
£875
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Monki Corduroy Trousers
Monki
Corduroy Trousers
£40
£20
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5. TRY CORDUROY TOP-TO-TOE

French Girl Corduroy Outfits: @juliesfi wears a pink corduroy suit

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@juliesfi

Style Notes: Speaking of colour—wow! Julie Sergent Ferreri’s Longchamp corduroy suit is the stuff of fashion dreams. Although hers has sold out, we’ve spied a very similar (and more affordable) option on the high street. You’re welcome. 

Shop the look:
Baukjen Nadia Corduroy Blazer
Baukjen
Nadia Corduroy Blazer
£199
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COS Regular-Fit T-Shirt
COS
Regular-Fit T-Shirt
£15
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Baukjen Nadia Corduroy Straight Leg Trousers
Baukjen
Nadia Corduroy Straight Leg Trousers
£109
£81
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6. GIVE YOUR JEANS A BREAK

French Girl Corduroy Outfits: @lenafarl wears a pair of navy corduroy trousers with a tan cardigan

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@lenafarl

Style Notes: The beauty of corduroy trousers lies in their versatility, especially if you choose a shade of navy or black. Simply wear them with everything you’d ordinarily style with jeans—in Léna Farl’s case, a white blouse and cute cardigan—and you’ll wonder how you ever got dressed without them. 

Shop the look:
Boden Relaxed Cable Cardigan
Boden
Relaxed Cable Cardigan
£130
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Marks & Spencer Textured High Neck Blouse
Marks & Spencer
Textured High Neck Blouse
£30
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AG Jeans Quinne Corduroy Trousers
AG Jeans
Quinne Corduroy Trousers
£320
£160
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