We can always count on Uniqlo to link up with unexpected and understated designers. Usually, these are skilled legacy folks in classic tailoring who use premium fabrics to maintain crisp lines, pressed lapels, and razor pleats. When the Japanese fashion brand brings these designers into its retail space, the collabs generally beget collections that offer a fresh and exciting take on the “fashion staples” or “capsule wardrobe” concepts. For its latest major drop, Uniqlo has continued its partnership with French model and fashion designer Inès de la Fressange, whose eye for feminine beauty, suiting details, and appreciation for utility have spawned inspiration for what the “everyday uniform” for the everyday woman can be and look like.
Naturally, this Uniqlo x Inès de la Fressange collection just so happens to be the epitome of Parisian effortlessness. In the new lookbook celebrating the almost 40-piece line, the likes of classic Breton-striped sweaters, belted maxi dresses, soft blazers, and even the occasional beret are styled with ruffle-neck oxford shirts, straight-leg chinos, lightweight overcoats, and socks with loafers that give real French-girl-meets-menswear energy. We recommend those who are looking to dabble in this fall's suiting trend to start with affordable pieces from the Uniqlo x Inès de la Fressange collection — you can't go wrong with one trouser, one piece of outerwear, and one collared shirt.
Minimal, expertly crafted, and expressive — what more could you want from a Uniqlo designer collab? Ahead, take a closer look at some of our favorite ensembles from the new Inès de la Fressange drop — along with style tips on how to recreate these looks for yourself.
We love this plaid-on-plaid moment. Experiment with like-minded prints to create an interesting layered look.
A bright blue cobalt workwear jacket is as French as it comes. Paired with a similar cheerful pink sweater makes the contrast even more prominent.
The ruffled-neck oxford shirt tucked into a pressed pair of wool pants is a suiting look that feels very much feminine. The double-blazer layer is a maneuver worth trying out, especially on chillier days.
The casual half-tuck-in has more personality than a fully tucked-in look, don't you think?
Wear a lightweight sweater as a standalone top tucked into a pair of chino pants. And a beret to boot? Don't mind if we do.
Sometimes, all you need to make a statement is a belted midi dress in an arresting hue. The socks with loafers are an especially nice touch to keep this look grounded in the menswear-inspired trend.
If you don't have a blazer — or if you prefer something a tad warmer and longer — a longline jacket is an effortless way to pull it all together.
Oui, oui! That's all we have to say about this singular floral frock that does all the work.
If the idea of putting together an outfit with different colors and prints is overwhelming, stick to the tried-and-true trick of layering black on black. This workwear top works as perfectly as a jacket as it does a shirt.
Don't be shy about unbuttoning a few buttons from a midi-length khaki skirt. It keeps your strides long and unbothered. Since it's neutral, we recommend pairing it with a colorful, interesting top.
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