French Glamour: The Styling Combo That I Can't Wait to Wear

There were a lot of thrills on the S/S 23 runways, but in my book, the moment that bested them all belonged to Saint Laurent. In a dazzling presentation set against the Eiffel Tower, Creative Director Anthony Vaccarello sent down one of his strongest silhouettes to date: padded-shoulder maxi coats layered over skintight jumpsuits and body-hugging maxi dresses. While Vaccarello also heavily showcased sheer dresses and seductive midriff cutouts, it was this maxi coat-and-dress pairing that ruled the show (14 out of its 49 looks to be exact). And apparently, I wasn’t the only fan. (Beyoncé wore one of the looks to her Renaissance album release party only a few days later.) Reportedly inspired by performer Martha Graham and ’80s French glamour, the overall styling felt unabashedly glossy, elegant, and enigmatic.  Although runway trends usually take some time before they’re able to be directly interpreted, this trend descended in the middle of maxi-hemline mania—meaning there’s no shortage of maxi dresses and coats to make this look work. As any fashion obsessive would, I did my homework and compiled a few options of the styling combo for you. Below, see how to pull off Saint Laurent’s vision of French glamour right now before the runway collection drops.

Silk and wool feel opposing in texture, which makes for an even better visual combination.

True to Saint Laurent’s styling, try a monochromatic palette for added drama.

An all-white outfit just hits different during the cold weather.

If it’s not as cold where you are, an oversize trench coat paired with a low-key knit maxi dress also looks infinitely chic. 

Your next party outfit, found.

Yes, yes, yes. 

Technically it’s a lounge dress, but the viral Skims maxi has won fans for its versatility. You’ll want to layer over a nice wool coat to tie everything together.

Not only will ponyskin keep you warm, but it’s also an ideal layer for a calendar of holiday parties. 

The exaggerated shoulders on this cobalt blue coat favor Saint Laurent’s power-shoulder toppers. 

Barbiecore is still very much in effect.

How to do black on black the spicy way.

When money is no object.

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