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Style and fashion are really ingrained in French culture. French girls are so chic, and their style seems very effortless. While their style doesn’t necessarily seem difficult to pull off and isn’t entirely off-limits, french-girl style is all about finding the right balance between classic and cool. I figured it was time to opt in.
What started as a vintage clothing brand, Sezane has become one of the chicest French brands out there. It’s a favourite amongst fashion editors and influencers, offering laidback but elevated pieces that make it easier for us to tap into the French-girl aesthetic. The price points put Sezane at the premium end of the high street scale.
In recent times, they’ve really expanded their international shipping capabilities. For my fellow Aussies, Sezane offers free shipping for orders over $200USD and returns are free (hooray!). Having browsed their online store for the best part of lockdown, I finally placed my first order and thought I’d share my first impressions on the two pieces I bought.
#1 – Léontine Jumper
I feel a bit late to this party as I know a lot of fashionable women who own and love this knit, and I can see why. The Léontine knit has sold out several times over due to its popularity and comes in and is currently offered in ecru/navy, ecru/camel and coffee (a muted brown tone). Style-wise, it’s a boxy organic cotton knit jumper with a button placket and balloon sleeves. I took a size XS and it’s the perfect size for me. It still has that oversized and relaxed feel.
There’s a lot to love about the jumper – it’s great quality and it’s a piece that I can see myself wearing a lot styled in casual looks while working from home and on the weekend with the kids. The cotton looks and feels premium and has a medium weight to it. I bought this jumper with the safety of free returns but this beauty is staying put!
#2 – Colette Marinière
The second piece I bought was Sezane’s iconic Colette Marinière – an iconic Breton-style shirt. The Sezane version remains faithful to the classics – it’s a boxy striped boatneck top with a lovely button feature on one of the shoulders for a modern take. It’s oversized, so you can style it with a shirt underneath if you want, and it’s hard to fault the style. Quality wise, the cotton is incredible – it’s heavyweight and has been made to last.
But while I like the style, I don’t love the version of the Marinière that I have. And I think it comes down to the colour – I opted for the ecru/camel version rather than the classic navy stripe. I don’t think I’d have the same reservations if I had opted for the navy at first instance. So I’m going to send this one back and pick up the navy version when I place my next order.
Have you ordered from Sezane previously? If so, how did you find it? My first impressions of my Sezane order have been pretty good so far – I’ve got no complaints with my Sezane experience. Shipping was quick (order placed on the Monday and arrived on the following Monday via DHL). The pieces were beautifully packed (I even got some complimentary frou-frou floral pouches and a ‘Bonjour’ canvas in my parcel – is that what normally happens with Sezane orders?!) and the returns process is very simple.
While a lot of their pieces mainly feature prints, and I’m not really looking to try out their denim, it’s their knitwear and classic tops that are catching my eye, so I’m sure I’ll be adding more to my wardrobe in the near future. I’ve linked a few pieces that I’ve got my eye on below! Their free returns policy means that it’s more likely than not that they’ll end up in my wardrobe at some point! 🙈
As always, thanks for stopping by.
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