French Inspiration For Your Post-Covid Style

Post-Covid Style

Thankfully, there are parts of the world coming to the chapter of this Covid story where things are starting to open up. Some of us are can leave home for more than an hour a day. Others are able to visit with a limited number of family and friends. There are even some parts of the world where people are returning to work!

And the loosening of restrictions is raising some questions. Like, when will my hairdresser open again? And how did my feet ever cope with heels?

Then there’s the big one. What on Earth will I wear when I can finally leave the house?

Are you one of the women starting to feel like you’ll have nothing to wear when you’re allowed to leave home? And are you feeling like this in spite of the fact that your wardrobe’s packed with clothing?

Maybe you’re feeling tempted to click that buy now button on something new?


Just because you’ve been wearing the same outfits over and over again – for weeks on end.

Believe me – you’re not the only one.

But before you hand over those hard earned dollars, perhaps it’s time to take some inspiration from the French to help you with your post-Covid style.

French Inspiration For Your Post-Covid Style

Generally speaking, French women survive with less closet space than the rest of us. Which means they are usually faced with far fewer clothing choices.

Yet they always seem to find classy outfits to wear.

They seem to instinctively know how to combine the items they already own into chic outfits. It appears effortless.

I believe this is because they’ve mastered the art of curating their wardrobe.

And you can do it too – even if you think your wardrobe is closer to chaos than curated.


By using these last weeks (days for some) at home to play dress ups. It’s a great way to start thinking about your post-Covid style, without spending a cent.

Unless you’ve experienced dramatic weight change, there’s a strong chance you could be wearing many of the clothes in your wardrobe. Think about it….there’s a reason you bought every single item in your closet.

And it’s so easy to do. Simply think about your current lifestyle and looks you love. Then start putting together outfits from your current wardrobe.

Yep. Spend some time trying things on.

Be childlike and make this fun – just like ‘dress ups’ used to be. Don’t limit your thinking. Break all your own style rules. And be ready to mix and match – colours, patterns, fabric weights – the works.

Take inspiration from French style icons or French movies. Jump on Pinterest and search for ‘outfits’ (eg grey jeans outfits or pink and green outfits).

You might be surprised how many fresh new looks you can create without leaving the house. Or spending a cent.

Personally, I’ve been playing this game for a while now. And I can’t believe how many post-Covid outfits I’ve come up with. The thing I love the most is how much more wear I’ll be able to get from some old favourites.

Are you thinking about your post-Covid style yet? Is there anything in particular inspiring you? I’d love for you to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

And until next time – au revoir.

About Janelle

I believe that everyone can bring French elegance and inspiration to their life, no matter where they happen to live in the world. They only need to learn a secret or two to be on their way. When you join the Distant Francophile community, you’ll have access to the secrets that allow you to bring the best of the French lifestyle into your everyday life. I’m talking about things like style advice, recipes and book reviews. And you’ll also receive regular doses of French inspiration, as well as travel and packing tips galore.

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6 thoughts on “French Inspiration For Your Post-Covid Style

  • Françoise Dureau

    Hello Janelle,it’s good to hear from you.
    I totally agree with you : there are unknown treasures in our wardrobes whether because we have “forgotten” some pièces or because some mix and match haven’t come to our mind yet.
    As for me i confined in the countryside where i had only taken 4 pants, 4 tee-shirts, 4 pullovers and 3 dresses.
    When I came back home on Monday i realized how many mix and match were possible with what was left in my wardrobe.
    For the time being i like simple things : jeans (in different colors) + a White tee-shirt + a black jacket or a long cardigan (in different colors). With matching handbag, jewels, scarf and shoes it’s perfect.
    Take care

    • Janelle Post author

      And it’s very lovely to hear from you too Françoise. I’m so glad to learn that you’re home safe. I love the lessons you learned while you were in confinement with Covid-19. There’s so much to be said about simplicty. And so many outfits we can come up with when we are creative. Take care xx

  • Nat in Atlanta

    Dear Janelle,
    I am totally with you. I have been looking through my clothes and wondering if they would still be serving me well. I think it is a great time to reorganize our wardrobes as well.
    Thank you for your inspiration and your shining positivity. We need many more people with such beautiful attitudes around us. You are a rare gem and I appreciate seeing and reading your posts. I wish I had written my comment every time I received your new posts. All have been so helpful . We obviously love France as well and plan on visiting the Southern part of France around Nice, Cannes and Monaco next Summer. I will go back to your previous posts where you traveled around this areas.
    Hope it is all well in your city.
    All my very best and my big gratitude.

    • Janelle Post author

      Hi Nat, Thank you so much for your lovely comment – and I’m so glad you are finding DF helpful. When we are allowed to travel again, the Nice area is definitely on our list to get back to asap. We loved our time there, and I’m sure you will have a wonderful trip. And I couldn’t agree more with your thoughts about clearing out our wardrobes at the same time as we are playing with new outfits!! Stay safe xx

  • Taste of France

    I have been charmed by the silhouettes of the 1950s–high-waisted pants with tucked-in shirts, and full skirts with tailored tops. I never find what I want, though. So amid lockdown boredom, I made my own. I took a top that I liked with 3/4 sleeves and a tunic-style pull-over neckline (no zipper or buttons–much easier, especially without a pattern), then made a waistband and a very big gathered skirt. With pockets. I hate not having pockets. I used an antique sheet (no embroidery but with a pretty edge that I kept at the hem). It cost me nothing but an afternoon of work. It isn’t perfect and I need to dye it because I look like some kind of 1950s nurse or nun in all white in that silhouette. But I am very pleased.

    • Janelle Post author

      I love, love, love this Catherine. It’s so great that you created a look you wanted while staying at home. And I’m sure that once you are happy with the final colour it will something that you will wear all the time. As for pockets, I think they should be mandatory – I hate not having them too. Sending love x