During our visit to Paris in June, I’d signed up for a Paris Shopping Tour excursion to get some insider tips on favorite shopping destinations of stylish Parisiennes. One of the shops that Diane was very eager to show me was Sézane. Dubbed “L’Appartement,” the Paris boutique* is located in the 2nd arrondissement. It’s a charming space, and embodies the brand’s French and feminine aesthetic.
Diane told me this brand is popular not only for that aesthetic, but also for their quality and reasonable prices. Many of the pieces fall into that “simple, but with interesting details” vector that is one of the hallmarks of classic French style. I was familiar with brand thanks to their online presence, but visiting the shop was a nice opportunity to see their summer collection in person.
Fall Basics, Not Boring
Their Fall collection has just gone online, and while some of the styles are a bit too frou-frou for me, there were several pieces that caught my eye. I wanted to share with you right away, because their best items do have a tendency to sell out quickly.
I’m always on the lookout for tops that look good on their own but can also layer easily underneath a cardigan or jacket. The lace yoke and sleeves on this blouse add interest without looking too twee. Also available in Black and Burgundy.
Subtle lace details and a gorgeous dark green color elevate a simple silk shirt.
I love how the slightly blurred grey plaid softens the menswear look of this jacket. That shawl collar is a nice touch too…
I was happy to see a few v-neck sweater options in the collection. In true French fashion, this sweater can be worn with the buttons either in front or back. Offered in several colors.
Not just another v-neck sweater, lace detail adds interest at the neckline. (Not sure how low this one is, but could always be worn with a nude camisole or light-colored tee underneath.)
A different take on the striped sweater.
Just a note about the Sézane website: when you click on any clothing item, the display highlights XS size. But other sizes are still available, unless they have a diagonal line across the size box. You just need to click on the desired size to highlight.
They have some very nice bags and leather goods that are reasonably priced as well.
It’s hard to go wrong with a classic saddle bag.
Or a bucket bag. Both bags are made from vegetable-dyed cowhide, which will develop a nice patina as it ages.
*There’s also a New York location.
I’ll be keeping my eyes open for more “basic, not boring” pieces this fall, so stay tuned. And if you want to be sure to never miss a post, you can subscribe using the form below.