French Minimalist Style On A Budget: 10 Pieces, 9 Outfits


French women seem to have a way of dressing that is so classy and put together, yet their style is effortless and carefree. They rely on their basics and they tend to rely on timeless styles rather than trends.

I have always been intrigued by French style, whether it is a great fitting pair of jeans, the classic and timeless striped tee (my most favorite) or a lovely pair of black ballet shoes. I created my first French Minimalist capsule wardrobe in 2016 and it is a season favorite of you all! See all the current and past season French Minimalist capsule wardrobes here!

What Is French Minimalist Style?

French minimalist style is simply classic and timeless styles in mostly solid, neutral colors. Such pieces are a white tee, striped tee, straight leg jeans with no distressing, ballet flats, casual sneakers, a black blazer and trench coat.

If you love the idea of French style, but you are on a budget, I have found several French Minimalist styles that are great quality and won’t break the bank. If you have these 10 basic essentials in your closet, you can turn them into 9 outfits!  These 10 tops and bottoms are classic and timeless pieces that are always in style.  They mix well with one another because of the neutral color tones and the simple designs.  All the pieces shown, both clothes, shoes and accessories, are just a few pieces in the Simplified Style: Classic Casual Foundation Capsule Wardrobe, a complete year-round wardrobe for all seasons of the year!

Simplified Style Classic Casual sneak peek

French Minimalist Style Mini Capsule Wardrobe

These 10 French style basics will make 9 outfits! You may already have these pieces in your closet. If you are missing any, use the convenient shopping links below to add them to your closet!

French Minimalist Style On A Budget


white tee / love this white scoopneck tee (sign up for Boden’s newsletter for a discount on their site!)
striped tee
black tee / love this black scoopneck tee (sign up for Boden’s newsletter for a discount on their site!)


black blazer (I have this one and LOVE it!)
trench coat (I also have this trench coat and LOVE it!)
ivory cardigan


blue jeans
black wash jeans


white casual sneakers
black flats


How to Expand This Mini Capsule Wardrobe

You can expand this mini capsule wardrobe by adding more pieces! You could add pieces like a white shirt, ivory blouse, black pants, gray pants, black midi skirt, beige loafers or black boots. You can also add your favorite accent color pieces from your closet like a blush color top, green pants, blue cardigan or brown loafers.

Add Some Accessories

Add these accessories to your outfits for a chic and polished look!

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Mix And Match Pieces To Create Outfits

All these tops, bottoms, layers and shoes will mix and match creating several outfits.










A Bit Of Inspiration For Your Day:

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” – John 13:34

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  1. Over the years, following your suggestions, I have all the items featured in this post. Yay! I shall be putting these outfits together. Thank you Leanne for all the ideas you sharing so generously. ❤️

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