French Chic Style for our Capris

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French Chic Style for our Capris

Quote of the day: “Adversity introduces a man to himself.” Anonymous

You wouldn’t think that there would be that many ways to style our capris, but Sheela and Eve came up with some interesting categories for this theme. We started by wearing a pair of capris with an athletic vibe. And the reason these posts are so late in the season, is because of Hurricane Harvey. So feel free to pin the images for the next warm weather season, if you live in the Northern hemisphere.

This idea was to use our capis in a french chic look. Considering I wasn’t sure what french chic included, I certainly had to do some research. So here’s what we all came up with! Let me know if this is how you would interpret this category.

Eve (The World According to Eve): Black and white are very popular for the french chic style since it’s so classic and Eve wears it so well.

French chic for younger Women

Sheela (Sheela Writes): Of course, a beret is the perfect accessory for a french look too, along with the striped top.

Jodie’s (50+) Outfit: I’m not sure if my outfit is what many french women would wear, but I figured the scarf on my purse fit the bill perfectly.

I have finally embraced the scarves and all of the ways they can be worn. Right now I love the smaller scarves and will wear them around my neck as a choker. The fabulous thing about this size scarf, is you can wear it around your neck, or your wrist or on your purse like I did.

These smaller scarves aren’t always less expensive, but I did find this one and this one for under $25.

Women over 50 with French chic style

I chose this blouse because it’s a silky blouse, so I thought it would make the jean capris seem less casual.

I know when I was cleaning out my mother’s closet, she has quite a few of these silk blouses, and most of us feel like we have to save them for the dressy occasions. But my favorite saying lately is to “stop saving the good china for that special occasion.” If you have the items, let’s wear them! And if you don’t have any silky tops, then this one would be perfect under any topper and this one could even be worn alone.

French Chic Style

I felt like the french chic style is one that is simpler and not as accessorized.

That may be true, but I still had to wear my bling, or else it wouldn’t be my style too. This necklace is one that I’ll be wearing in an upcoming post but as a bracelet in this same series. It’s one of the pieces I was trying out from Rocksbox. If you want to try out the service too, make sure to get a free month by using my code, JTouchofstylexoxo.

French Chic for Capris

Besides the scarf on the purse, it’s the ballet flats that really reminded me of some of the french chic styles I saw on Pinterest.

I feel like the ballet flats are the most versatile shoes over the last 10 years. This pair has some great support and a little bit of heel which makes them so comfortable. I even found some that tout great insoles here and here.

French Chic Capri Style for women over 50

Jeans: Express-thrifted (similar here)~~Top: Banana Republic (similar here)~~Shoes: Lifestride (similar here)~~Scarf: (similar here)~~Necklace: Nakamol through Rocksbox-get a month free with code: JtouchofstyleXOXO (here)~~Earrings: c/o Sugar Ribbon (similar here)~~Purse: Tignanello-thrifted (similar here)

Nancy’s (60+) Outfit: The white button up blouse with a scarf around the neck is another idea I picked up for this french chic look from Pinterest.

Nancy wanted to wear this scarf so the fringed edges showed, so she tied it in the front of the blouse. Since it’s getting cooler, it’s a great time to pull out your scarves.

The white blouse is what I’d consider a staple in every women’s closet. We showed many different ways to wear this blouse earlier this year! Of course, this blouse doesn’t have to be long sleeved- like this one or you could add in some of the modern details to this shirt.

French Chic for women over 60

Black capris seem the most popular color since they can be dressed up or down more easily. This pair has a zipper on the side too, for some added decoration.

You can always wear a plain black pair of capris, but there are some fun versions too. I found a pair of embroidered capris and lattice design capris.

Scarves and White blouses

For Nancy’s accessories, we did keep them simple with earrings only.

The black earrings stand out nicely against the grey hair and white blouse. If you need to update your black earrings, there are some modern versions like this pair of baubles or this pair with tassels.

Women 60+ and French Chic Style

And for Nancy’s footwear, she pulled out her red sandals to bring out the red in the scarf. I’m sure if we polled the french women, we might find that they would pick black shoes instead. But again, we have to incorporate a little of ourselves into each outfit.

Two summers ago, the three of us wore red sandals with three different color combinations. I do think red sandals can be such a fun pop of color with any outfit. If you would rather wear flats then this pair is fabulous, and if you like the mules, then check out this comfy pair.

French Chic Style with Capris

Pants: (similar here)~~Top: Chicos (similar here)~~Shoes: Prabal Gurung for Target (similar here)~~Scarf: Charlotte made it for her! (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)

Charlotte’s (70+) Outfit: The other component that was popular for a french chic look was a striped top.

I love this top on my mom since it’s blue and that’s her favorite color. I never understood the obsession that bloggers had with striped tops, until I bought one and challenged myself to use it with mixing prints in my outfit. In fact, I rounded up quite a few different striped tops below.

French Chic Style for Women over 70

For my mom’s capri pants, we chose a navy blue pair to keep it simple with the blue top.

Navy is one of those colors that is making a comeback lately!! I think it’s perfect since it’s dark like many women like, yet not quite as severe as black can be as we get older.

Women 70+ with French Style

I was still trying to keep the accessories at a minimum as much as possible, so mom didn’t wear a necklace.

She did choose some blue earrings and bracelets to match the color scheme.

One of the bracelets that my mom is wearing here, is a vintage one. It was one that her father had given to his mother, and then got passed down to my mom. What a sentimental piece, right?

Capris in a French Chic Style

And I love these shoes for the outfit. I think they are nice because they don’t match in color, yet the black goes with everything. The design is also very interesting, and even though they are heels, they are comfortable for my mom.

I know black shoes are a pair we all have in our closets, but that doesn’t mean they have to be boring. For example, if you like sneakers, you can have them be interesting! Or you can have some strappy sandals instead.

Women over 70 and Capris with a French Chic Look

Pants: c/o Fabrizio-Gianni (similar here)~~Top: Ralph Lauren-thrifted (similar here)~~Shoes: Dana Buchman (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Bracelet: (similar here)

I hoped you are enjoying this series showcasing our capris with many different styles in mind.

Thanks to one and all of you for your support. It means more than you know!

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Since the stripes are so ubiquitous to the french chic look, I included quite a variety to feast your eyes on below.

  • Lovely French inspired outfits ladies! That leather handbag is sooo cute!

    Jessica |

  • Some nice chic French touches but not too many which is good – I like French style but they have too many rules!

    • Haha…maybe that’s why I don’t try to style in the “french chic” way, Gail!! Too many rules!!

  • I adore your outfit, Jodie. It’s a beautiful representation of what the phrase, “French Chic” would mean, if it were visualised in garments. In my mind, at least 🙂 the relaxed yet chic mood you’re exuding is so appealing xoxo

    • But I had to work hard at this outfit Sheela. French chic has never been in my vocabulary!! Yet so many women love it…..maybe that’s why I don’t try for it?
      Just call me crazy (another reason we are such good friends..ha ha)

  • I stopped wearing capris because I didn’t think they were flattering on me, but you gals all look great in them. I love your mom’s shoes and Nancy’s scarf. I’m thinking maybe I should try a scarf like that next time I wear capris and I won’t feel so frumpy. 🙂 Love your outfit too Jodie. The top is really cute!

    • I can totally understand Amy!! But I also think the capris themselves can make or break how you feel in them. I have 2 other pairs, that don’t make me feel as nice. So maybe I should get rid of them, and concentrate on the ones that fit and look great?

  • Alternative Ageing

    Love the capri pants on you Jodie, they look great. x

  • You guys are so stylish x

    • Thanks so much Vicki—what a fabulous comment to read today!!!

  • Your black and white flats are so Parisian chic! And I love how a dainty pair of flats can take the plainest casual outfit and magically make it feel polished, chic, and sophisticated. White sneakers sure can’t do that! Haha!

    I also love Nancy’s look with the red sandal and the printed scarf that picks up the red in the shoe. The scarf is such a chic and dramatic finishing touch!


    • I’m so glad I kept these shoes!! They are so old, but they work for so many things!!
      Thanks for the love for Nancy—that will just make her day that you pointed out her styling!!

  • Nicole Mölders

    Thanks for linking up to Top of the World Style. Yes, these cropped pants are a French evergreen ever since Brigit Bardot doned them with a striped top and ballet flats. But I think they look cool with wedges too.

  • Such charming looks! I love French style…so chic! It reminds me so much of Audrey Hepburn’s look, which I also love! I enjoy pulling this kind of look out myself occasionally, but I fear I’m too naturally flamboyant to do it on a regular basis! I’m just not that sophisticated! Haha! You’ve all done a wonderful job with it!

    • That’s exactly how I feel Ronnie!! I’m not a minimalist girl by any means!! But style is all about our own interpretation, right?
      So it would be like French Chic a la Ronnie!!
      Have a great weekend!!

  • Julie

    Loving this! What a fun post! I love Capri pants, since I’m only 5’1″ they are some of the only ones that aren’t too long!

    • I can totally relate, Julie!!! I’m 5’2″ (well, kinda…haha)

  • Very timely Jodie as we’re heading into summer and I’m trying to work out what I’m going to wear every day in my new job. I won’t have to be too dressed up – kinda corporate-y, but I’m naturally pretty casual. I don’t really wear dresses or skirts (I bought a dress last January and am thinking of buying 1-2 now) so capri pants and similar will be ideal. #teamlovinlife

    • I think with a great blouse or cardigan, they would be perfect for your new venture, Deb!!

  • Sue Loncaric (Sizzling Towards

    Oh la la! You are all looking very chic! I’ve just bought some capri to wear on our Spanish Trip as apparently it will still be quite warm. I’m loving the stripes and the scarves – thanks Jodie for some inspiration.

    • You are going to have the best time Sue!! And I bet your capris turn out to be incredibly versatile!! Can’t wait to see the photos!!

  • Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom

    I have several pairs of capris in my closet. I just love them for transition weather. I have a top similar to yours, but in purple. I love that the sleeves can be adjusted per the weather. Nancy’s scarf is adorable, esp with the red shoes. Your mom always looks good, love her stripes and the cut of her shoes.


    • It’s funny because I never really thought of capris for transitional weather, until I tried to be creative lately. Even my IG post today, is all about capris—and boots!! Funny how our perspective can change!
      Thanks for all of the wonderful thoughts on all of us Carrie. I make sure to forward them to both mom and Nancy, so they can appreciate them too!!

  • Loving capris with scarf. I can give that a try.

    • Glad you like that Vaishali!!
      Thanks so much for stopping by!

  • Cindy

    I like these outfits! I liked your scarf on your handbag and your mom’s striped top! Keep it up Jodie!

  • Franci Hoffman

    I love these looks! And scarves can do so much for an outfit.

    • Thanks Franci!! I agree about the scarves…now why did it take my 50 years to realize this??

      • Franci Hoffman

        I have been a fan of scarves for years. I must own 30 scarves. I love them.

  • Everyone looks fab and comfy. The Capri look is great for fall. And it is time to pull my scarves out again.

    • Thanks Rebecca!! I love the options that a new season brings…and scarves are definitely one of my faves!!

  • Debbie Stinedurf

    You nailed the French look my friend…simple, classy and chic! You all look lovely and Sheela is one of favorites in our little blogger tribe. xo

  • Susie Weaver

    I love how you use different aged models for your shoots and these capri pants are fabulous. #brillblogposts

    • Thanks Susie! It’s been great having both my mom (the 70+ model) and my stepmom (the 60+ model) on this journey with me!!

  • I love capri pants – I’m tall and they just work really well for me through Summer – I like them better than a skirt because I think they’re more slimming and versatile (as you girls have shown here!)

    • Thanks Leanne!!
      I do love my skirts, but there are times that pants are more realistic!! And it’s too hot to wear full pants!!

  • Maria Kelly

    This post has filled me with joy. Fashion is for all ages and I love seeing you beauties enjoy it so much. x #brillblogposts

    • That comment made my day, Maria! I hope you’ll stop back again!!

  • writeofthemiddle

    Perfect for our current season of Spring (coming into summer)! Love all outfits and I am a fan of the smaller scarves too! Stripes are very popular over here too (so are polka dots!) and I love them! 🙂 #TeamLovinLife

    • Thanks Min!!
      I seriously thought of you guys when I had to postpone this series. I thought, “ahhh…all of the ladies in Australia, can finally relate to my fashion”….ha ha!!

  • Ooh lal la. I love this style! And you all wear it so well. #TeamLovinLife

  • Kathy Marris

    Ooh la la! I love these French inspired looks. Capri pants are so versatile and always look comfortable and casual. I’m also very fond of stripes and wear a lot of stripey clothing items. #TeamLovinLife

  • Judy Gramith

    You all look tres’ jolie!!
    I really like the little silk blouse with your rolled up jeans Jodie. Reminds me of the 50’s look without the saddle shoes!
    Nancy’s photos are really darling. I especially like the one where she’s “posing”! Too cute! The red shoes are fabulous with the bit of red in her scarf.
    Charlotte’s classic French stipes are perfect of course and those shoes are also really cool! They make her legs look longer!

    • Thanks so much Jude!!
      It’s always so interesting to me how the french women have their own “style”. And when I think about Americans…do they??

  • Jodie, I’m totally crushing on your jeans! They are absolutely fabulous. Your look is super inspiring to me!


  • Terri Webster Schrandt

    Capris from any country are great until October 30th here! Cute!!!

    • I have to admit, I’m a little jealous, Terri. Right now where I’m at—it’s been down right cold!! Sweaters, coats, and boot weather!!

  • I always love capri and how it is very versatile.
    The outfits you showed looks so cute!

    Much Love,
    Zarrah | The Bandwagon Chic

  • Michelle Frank

    These are all super-cute styles, but I like yours the best! I am all about that purse and scarf! #BrillBlogPosts

    • Thanks Michelle! I have been surprised at how much I like putting a scarf on a purse….who would’ve thought??

  • Rebecca Saffer

    Nice take on French chic style. I love this type of look with its classic pieces and subtle but unique accessories.

    • Thanks Rebecca!! It’s amazing how so many people love the french chic style. Maybe I need to invent the jodie chic style…ha ha!!

  • Jacqueline Rendine

    I love a great pair of capris! I really like all three looks!

    Stylin In St. Louis

    • Thanks Jacqueline!!!
      I love to hear that others like this style too!!

  • I think this way of wearing capris is my fave. French women are so chic!

  • Oui! I love these French chic outfits! You all look amazing!!


    • Thanks LIz!!
      Of course, you love French chic—that’s why your phone case is so cool!!

  • I LOVE all of these outfits! They are all perfect! I need the capris you’re wearing, Jodie. My favorite pair looks just like them, but they are on their last leg. I love both your mom and Nancy’s shoes too! Fabulous all around!


    • I just found these at the thrift store for a killer deal, Lindsey!!!
      Aren’t they great??

  • Mariann Yip

    Capris can be styled no matter what your age is! Such lovely outfits!

  • Laura

    I love the chic French vibes to all your outfits! The classic black and white, pops of red, and stripes are so timeless!

    • Thanks Laura!! I guess maybe the french know what they are doing??

  • The most I do is like you are wearing, cuffed jeans. I have very slowly been getting rid of capris as I tend to think they make me look shorter and as you can imagine, at 5,1 I need all the help i can 😉

    • I totally get that Lorena. But I also joke that no one is going to think I’m tall when they meet me in person…haha!! There’s so hiding the fact I’m vertically challenged!!

  • Oooooh la la! Nancy’s poses crack me up! She definitely is getting into the vibe of the post! I know you keep saying these could be pinned for next spring but I think there are a lot of places these can be worn right now. Even though I’m northern US, I’m still wearing shorts so capris are de rigeur! I’m having too much fun here!


    • You’re right Julia!! I’ve heard other women commenting how it’s still warm where they are. Lucky you!!! I have my sweater and boots on today!!!

  • Today I am a combo of all three of you! I don’t own capri’s, but I do rock an ankle pant that I wear nearly everyday. You know when I am not wearing our trademark LBD! -Laurel

  • So many lovely French inspired looks! Each one of you look great, but I was really drawn to Nancy’s look. The red shoes and pretty scarf compliment her look wonderfully.

    I am all about not saving the fine china, Jodie. Every day we use Brian’s grandmother’s Wedgwood china. It is so pretty and just makes me smile.

    • Thanks Jennie!!
      I love that you use the good china!! I have my mom’s and we use it occasionally, but I think I’m going to use it tonight just because of you!!

  • French chic is hard to master! My friend Christine at is french and always has the best tips for that effortless french look. You three all nailed it, though! And the fact that you all added your personal touch is my favorite part.

    • I wished I had seen Christine’s blog before I did this post, Roxanne!!

  • beautiful photos
    The Glossychic

  • Pauline Starsmore

    Lovely outfits,have you had your hair straightened Jodie ? I love all the striped tops.

    • Thanks Pauline!!
      I just blowdried my hair for the last couple of posts. Usually, like today in real life, it’s a curly mop!!!

  • You ladies fit right in with French Chic! I always think of French Chic when I see a scarf tied around the neck. And black and white is a French Chic look, one of my favorites! Happy Wednesday!

    • Thanks Cheryl!! I may have to use these little details more, because it was really fun!

  • Karen

    Love you all interpreted this style. Aren’t Eve’s glasses just so cool? I like how each of you inserted your own personalities into the French vibe. Nancy’s shoes….I have a problem with wanting too many pairs of shoes and hers make me want to go shopping!! I often look at examples of how French women dress since it is so simple and almost like an afterthought, yet they manage to look so pulled together and chic. How do they do that?! Maybe it’s because They have few items that they work with, lots of solid basics, and it’s more of an instinctive response. What I mean is, it doesn’t look like they spent hours trying, they seem to have a sense of themselves and relate that to simplicity and it comes off as chic. It’s not forced. I really like silky and dressy tops with jeans. Just like diamonds and lace and jeans. And definitely dressy shoes with jeans. You have all done well. Sheela looks like she’s walking in Paris! I think we have to do what we feel confident and comfortable in, and that includes bringing in your own personality and interpretation. You’ve all nailed it!

    • Thanks so much Karen, for all of the wonderful thoughts and love!!
      I have to think that part of the reason for the simple dress for Parisians is because there is no closet space—ha ha!! Unlike for us, where we want bigger and bigger closets. Do we need them?? Probably not. But I do love having variety—usually!
      But I can totally relate to seeing different things, and then wanting them. We are funny creatures, eh??

  • So glad I found your blog again! I had to get a new computer and lost my bookmarks. Just wishing you a very happy Wednesday! Going to check up on your posts now!

    Raindrops of Sapphire

    • I totally know what you mean Lorna! I depend on my bookmarks and I don’t know what I’d do otherwise. It’s like phone numbers—I don’t memorize them anymore, and I’ll be in a world of trouble if I lose or hurt my phone!!!
      I’m so glad you’re back, and I hope you have fun!!

  • Mademoiselle Coconath

    Loving all the looks! great post!
    Mademoiselle Coconath

  • Love this take on the capris. The ballet flats, scarves, and stripes definitely feel very French chic.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

    • Thanks Amy!! It’s funny how certain items have that “french feel”

  • Girl…
    Cute, cute, cute, cute…CUTE!!!!!! Very chic!

  • donnanance

    Love all these outfits! Don’t have a favorite today… Jodie, I love your ballet flats with the cap toe. They would be a good addition to the shoe wardrobe. A small scarf tied on a handbag is always pretty. Love Nancy’s scarf and her sandals. Your mom’s striped top is perfect. I’ve been looking for a striped top but am picky about the overall look. Love hers…and her shoes. You were talking about your mom’s upcoming significant (well, aren’t they all?) birthday and I was thinking of my eighty-three year old sister-in-law who still drives her big ole Cadillac to visit her daughter three hours from her home, has her dandelion fluff hair washed and set every Saturday morning and can still rattle off recipes by heart like nobody’s business. Her home is immaculate and she still is a top notch cook. I think all you ladies are quite remarkable and I appreciate the time you put into your blog and Instagram. xoxo

    • Well, you are certainly right that every birthday is significant, Donna!
      And don’t you love that fact, that your SIL still takes care of herself and enjoys life? I hope we all can be fabulous no matter what our age!!!

  • Fun post. Nothing says French Chic like a Breton striped shirt. Put a brimmed hat on Charlotte!

    I caved and ordered off for a black jean jacket, not French but it will work with striped shirts and leopard ballet flats.

    • I think your black jean jacket will be perfect Jean! I bet it’ll work with everything!!!

  • Living on Cloud Nine

    First of all, I love the words, French Chic and second, major shoe swoon! Love them all, you all look very sophisticated and fun!

    • Thanks Andrea!!! And you know, the shoes are the best part of any outfit if I had a choice!!

  • Now if you all, Franchoises, drive up to the North for a 1000 miles and have a cup of tea with me! Pardon moi, a café au lait of course!

    • Well, of course, Nancy!!
      Thanks for the invite!!!

  • Bernadette Laganella

    You nailed the theme. Great job!

  • Lovely styling! Have a great day. Gemma x