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5 French Cool-Girl Brands That Aren't Sézane

We get it. All the cool girls in Paris wear Sézane. Who wouldn’t, it’s perfect.

But if you want to look like one of those gals that’s ~too cool~ to be caught anywhere near the 9th arrondisement (too many tourists), here are some other brands to look out for:

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Sessùn

I’d describe Sessùn as Sézane’s old best friend from art school. They’ve got similar aesthetics and price points, but there’s a thread running through Sessùn’s designs that says “I’m making art out in the country and came into town to get a coffee with you and see what’s happening on Rivoli”

Instagram: @Sessun

A super casual way to let everyone know that you ARE the party. By  PATiNE  available in various colors

A super casual way to let everyone know that you ARE the party. By PATiNE available in various colors

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Those tri-colored “La Boum” shirts you’ve been seeing all over? Yeah, they’re from Patine. Described as “future good vintage,” this online-only boutique sells shirts that are truly instant classics.

Instagram: @PatineParis

www.patine.fr



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Make My Lemonade

“Prêt à Porter et Prêt à Coudre,” this brand sells both ready-made clothes and sewing patterns. All the way up my alley. The best part? They embrace their creative community by hosting workshops on paper flowers, embroidery and tons more.

Instagram: @MakeMyLemonade

www.makemylemonade.com



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Fauvette

Fauvette makes some lovely little leather accessories. The bags are beautifully structured yet simple designs that have playful closures that are a subtle way to add some fun to your wardrobe. Designed by former Optician, Claire Rischette, this line is the result of a career change and is now housed in her Parisian storefront and studio she shares with jewelry brand Louise Damas.

Instagram: @Fauvette_Paris

https://www.fauvette-paris.com





Sandro Paris

Sandro’s got a full wardrobe to choose from- apparel, accessories, shoes. I’m currently wondering who I have to become to wear these leather trousers. The styling on their site alone is Parisian Cool-Girl turned up to an 11. Dad Shoes & Trench Coats. Statement Bags & Sweatshirts. Blazers & Tee Shirts. If you scroll far enough, I’m sure you’ll find hair tucked into a turtleneck.

Instagram: @SandroParis

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This list is in no way comprehensive, so if you’ve got a hot tip on your favorite French Brand, drop me a line. I’m never not window-shopping. Et voilà, mes chers. If adding more French girl style to your wardrobe is on your to-do list, these shops are not-to-be-missed, whether you’re buying directly from them or just getting inspired.

Here’s a playlist for your shopping.



Menswear-Inspired Shirting for Channeling Your Inner Miranda Priestly

The Palmer Harding Super Shirt is the answer to power suiting for the creative professional. The structure of the pieces gives the same power vibes as a Hilary Clinton pantsuit, but the full drape of the shirts says “Can we wrap this up? I have lunch with Kehinde Wiley in an hour.”

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I’m over the moon for London-based Palmer Harding’s designs- particularly the Super and Spicy shirts. The combination of the traditional oxford shirting with the opulent and unapologetically feminine details in the pattern are just spectacular. The large cuffs. The handkerchief hems. The volume. Ugh! It’s turning me into my mother, who is the only person I know besides Andre Leon Talley to use the word “faaabulous” in everyday conversation. But these shirts are fabulous.

The hi-low hem on the Super Shirt demands that it be worn as a shirt, not a dress. A dress inspired by men’s shirts has been done, and can be a bit plain. But the requisite layering of the Super Shirt automatically takes what could have been a basic dress and punches it up with the added color (and pattern? drama?) of a pant. Would you wear it with a tapered crop pant and let the shirt shine? Or maybe pair it with an equally voluminous wide leg pant and be one of those fabulous women who is always just draped in fabric (and, of course, you’d have to pair that with a pair of statement glasses, because as Big Daddy Kane says, “Ain’t no half steppin’.”)

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Here’s The part I love most: The asymmetry. We’ve all seen tent dresses and shirts. And they’re nice. They’re fine. But the bow on the side to contain the extra fullness on the front bodice is just such an unexpected and delightfully feminine touch.

Y’know, I’m certain that I just love this shirt because it is a piece that speaks to my wardrobe goal of being able to get dressed in a minute and look impeccably put together. It’s the one lasting impression that Breakfast At Tiffany’s made on me, and has become my ultimate objective in building my wardrobe.

Are you trynna get dressed in under five minutes, too? What’s the plan? I’m curious.