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Sezane's French Wardrobe Staples

The French clothing brand Sézane is where we go to find timeless, feminine pieces. They just introduced La Liste, a permanent collection of wardrobe essentials, and it’s full of great staples to wear for years. We stopped by their New York location to style a few of our favorites…

Sezane's French Wardrobe Staples

First things first, how gorgeous is their new Manhattan store? Their La Liste collection features everything from booties to jeans to dresses. (I love this one.)

Sezane's French Wardrobe Staples

Sezane's French Wardrobe Staples

We invited two friends — Sarah and Casey — to browse the collection and try on their top picks.

Sezane's French Wardrobe Staples

Casey dressed up a graphic tee (they also have 70s and 90s) and high-waisted jeans with a blazer and patent loafers, for an effortlessly cool look. Swap the tee for a silk shirt and the jeans for trousers, for a work-friendly outfit.

Sezane's French Wardrobe Staples

Sarah chose a classic striped shirt (how cute is the back?!), ankle jeans and leopard block heels. The everyday uniform, mastered.

Sezane's French Wardrobe Staples

Next, Casey tried a cozy sweater with geometric stitching and slightly puffed sleeves, paired with metallic sneakers and a leather bucket bag.

Sezane's French Wardrobe Staples

Sarah wore a chore jacket with a silk tank, black jeans and leather sneakers.

Sezane's French Wardrobe Staples

See Sézane’s full La Liste collection here, if you’d like, which includes coats, dresses, sweaters and leather goods. What would you wear? Their ruffled blouse and 1958 jeans are two of the most-worn pieces in my closet, and this bag is so pretty, too.

Sezane's French Wardrobe Staples

Thank you so much, Sézane!

P.S. A beautiful Paris apartment, and a French bra trick.

(Photos by Christine Han for Cup of Jo. Joanna is wearing these lace-up block heels. Modeling by Sarah Moussa and Casey Zhang. This post is sponsored by Sézane, a brand we love and wear. Thank you so much for supporting the brands that support Cup of Jo.)

  1. brianna says...

    That Anny dress is stunning, particularly in pink.

  2. Kate says...

    I just so love the comments section here, with all of its focus on correct punctuation. It’s rare to feel like you find your people in a comments section- usually I’m horrified- but yes! Solidarity!

    Also, I didn’t know that I liked ruffled blouses but I want all of the ruffled blouses now.

  3. Adrienne says...

    Joanna, you mentioned the Mom Jean is your favorite. Can you tell us if you took your straight size? Or did you size down to wear them “adjusted” – the term on Sezane’s website that I cannot make heads or tails of? Thanks!

  4. Nic Louis says...

    Born in 70s. Not 70’s. Why would you want to go around with a punctuation error on your t-shirt???!!!

    • Laura says...

      This was my first thought as well! #nerdalert! Otherwise, lovely clothes and collection!!

    • Madie says...

      Haha, yes. Also, the lack of “the” (as in, “Born in THE 70s”) makes my eye twitch. Perhaps it’s a translation error? I love the Grammar Police!

    • My exact first thought too.

    • KK says...

      First thing I thought of, too.

    • So far as I recall from copyediting, it can be written either way – depending on style and so long as you’re consistent.

    • Blandine says...

      True!

    • Well, it’s a conversation starter! Perhaps she was born during a heatwave?

    • Gina says...

      Or “Born in ’70s.” That error was also driving me crazy! Haha.

  5. margoulette says...

    Annabelle and Sandra are right, the shirt should read ‘Born in the 70s’, plural.
    I once submitted a correction in French for their website, which was appreciated, so maybe we should tell them !

    • Em Marie says...

      Thank you for saying something! This error has been everywhere lately and it irks me every time I see it.

    • Irks me too. It should actually say ’80s or whatever decade. The apostrophe is a stand-in for the “19.” I’m not sure whether there should be an apostrophe after the s, but I don’t think there should.

  6. I love Sézane! I think that is a brand that embodies everything that women wants: confortable, frenchy style and feminine garments! I just think that some pieces are a bit too expensive! Anyway, I would love to visit that shop! PARADISE!!

  7. Caroline says...

    Bonjour Joanna,
    I was in love w/ Sézane but now I’m in deception. They vers often give to customer contradictory or false information on IG. The way that they have to sell is frustrating, so often out of stock. And when they so mistakes on your order iit’s not possible to send you the right item due to their lack of stock. I have 4 pairs of sezan’s shoes and love it! So I’ m in between of “love and hate”! Finally I find really dissapointing
    That they sell no more than a Tiny french 44. Where is the widening to diversity of body type ???? Thank you Joanna to represent this widening to diversity in so much way

  8. Chika says...

    Oh, my… these pieces are so beautiful ?, def makes me want to dump fast-fashion altogether and commit to buying only clothing staples that will last me for years and years to come. Now if only there could be a special COJ discount code for your readers… (hehe!)

  9. Beautiful stuff! Reminds me a bit of Rouje by Jeanne Damas. Thanks for sharing!

  10. Eliza says...

    I was in the Paris Sezane store last year and loved everything I saw. Then we went by Le Bon Marche last week and the Sezane space was mobbed!

    The shoes are especially fabulous, but I found they ran really wide. The SA mentioned that it was a common issue. If Sezane adjusted the sizing, my closet would be full of their shoes.

    • PleinJane says...

      This is very true. I bought a pair of the studded loafers this fall and, even after putting in heel inserts, the shoes gap in the middle. It’s frustrating because they’re otherwise so beautiful (and so expensive)! And the return process is unnecessarily awkward if you purchase online, which most of us have to do. They don’t do exchanges. You have to return them and then buy another size, which is often impossible because of the small inventory.

  11. So beautiful! Wish I had the budget for it, but maybe now that it’s in NYC, some pieces will end up on ThredUp? *fingerscrossed*

    • C says...

      I found a lovely pair of shoes on poshmark, if that helps!

  12. Lea says...

    Going to the store this weekend!

  13. Michelle says...

    I bought some boots last week at your party and love them! I don’t think Sezane has quite hit Texas yet so they are unique. Thanks for another great recommendation.

  14. Christine says...

    Adorable feature top to bottom but I must say that last solo picture of Sarah is a traffic accident waiting to happen!

  15. Morgan says...

    Sezane’s website is my jam. I fantasize about a future when my clothes are not covered in greasy handprints and I can stand to splurge.

  16. june2 says...

    Sarah’s outfit with the leopard block heels is my favorite, she looks great! I really dislike leopard print, but I LOVE THOSE HEELS esp worn casually like that. Never say never I guess!

    • Wendela says...

      I was thinking the same thing–not a fan of leopard print but those are some great shoes! I want them!

  17. Cynthia says...

    These clothes are so beautiful and so beyond my budget. There is no way I could justify spending $120 for a blouse and I really like the ruffled lace blouse.

  18. Katie says...

    Oh I love everything! You all look so gorgeous and chic.

    I am going through the least-chic phase of my life currently…staying at home with my two babies. I feel lucky to be able to be with them, but, but, honestly it’s a hard side-effect for me, as someone who loved dressing for work every day. Now it’s difficult to rationalize buying something I will be very rarely able to wear – I live in athleisure – but Sezane is certainly at the top of my list of “if only” purchases.

    Thank you for sharing….if only so I can live through you for a moment :)

    • Katie, you are ultra chic. Your body created not one, but TWO HUMAN BEINGS. That’s super dope.

      But I get it. We don’t all feel 100% comfortable in our bodies, at all stages of life. Is there something that you do already that makes you feel super chic? I lead a pretty frumpy existence, but when I have coffee in the morning, I let my imagination run to a similar French mademoiselle, sipping along before she starts her morning.

      And if you need a giggle…
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K8KXkWQjH8k

    • Jen says...

      Omg SAME!! I feel you, sister.

    • june2 says...

      Your lament reminds me of a post I read somewhere about the similar conundrum of people who work from home. They all said that productivity and self-esteem greatly improved when they decided to get properly dressed in the morning.

      What if you got a clothes consultant willing to come shopping with you? (Hire one from a department store on her day off!) I bet they’d love to tackle this problem. Also clothes are meant to be worn – so laundry will happen whether clothes are fancy or frumpy. Leisure wear costs just as much as any of these items, so it’s a mindset shift, that’s all!

    • Lisa says...

      I hear you! I have found that some nice shoes and jeans and a (machine washable) tailored shirt go a loooong way in making me feel put together staying home with a three year old. And red or hot pink lipstick. Hang in there mama!

  19. Natalie T. says...

    I want everything! Thanks for your recs. The 1958 jeans look AMAZING.

  20. Claire says...

    I’ve had my eye on so many things from Sezane, just waiting for the budget to allow a purchase. So many beautiful things! How is the tailoring and cut of the garments? Will they fit well on those of us with a few curves, or are they cut mostly for super slender people?

  21. Jacqueline says...

    I was luckily visiting NYC the weekend the store opened and because I trust CoJ for all things cool, I went! I picked this bag http://www.sezane.com/en/product/fall-collection/tiger-bag?cou_Id=301 and I love it so much! Excellent pockets on the inside and outside, beautiful hardware (but not heavy) and a great colour. Thanks to this team for leading the way on branding partnerships and sponsorships that always have great fit, keep it up!

  22. I am absolutely in love with this brand. So many beautiful pieces and their shop!! Obsessed :)

    Sabrina

  23. Mary Beth says...

    Do you just wear a bra under the Ninon Blouse and let it show a bit or wear a cami under it as well? I was a little stumped. :)

    • Claire says...

      I am wondering the same thing!

    • Katie says...

      Hmmmm…..either would look lovely, but I think the true Parisian look would be sans-cami :)

  24. Lisa says...

    Beautiful! I adore this company’s clothes and am now dreaming about a trip to New York to visit their store!

    (And yes, to whoever posted about the 80s/90s shirts above, it is also bothering me that the “the” is missing!)

    • Natalie T. says...

      Same!

  25. Tristen says...

    You have ruined me, Joanna! I had never heard of Sezane before but you tipped me off to them a few months ago and now I am addicted. My husband teases me because I will set an alarm for 2:00 am (we’re in SF) when their new collections come out because they sell out so quickly! I’m thrilled to hear they will have a permanent collection– big thank you Sezane from us West Coasters.

  26. Jalene says...

    This is truly the most beautiful store I have visited. I got the nude derby shoes when I was in NYC last week (and had the pleasure of meeting you ladies) and I have been wearing them non-stop since I got back to Canada…including around the house. I just love them. They make such beautiful things! I tried everything on I could for size reference to order online in the future haha. I don’t expect we will have a store where I live anytime soon..

  27. Jess says...

    Just got the flat boots from this collection and LOVE them!

  28. Stasha says...

    Too bad they are ALWAYS sold out of the cutest things :(

  29. K says...

    So beautiful – the women and the store.

    Sarah should use the photo of her in the crosswalk for a profile pic because a) she looks beautiful and b) it shows that she’s not afraid to live on the edge – walking boldly forward despite the red don’t walk hand. Haha

  30. Lauren O says...

    Bravo for featuring POC in this piece. I know folks have commented on that in the past, and it is great to see the responsiveness to reader requests!

    • Sarah says...

      agreed, Cup of Jo has been killing it with diversity for the past couple years! & only getting better!

  31. The question remains: Would I wear a Born in 70’s tee. Part of me is proud to wear it, but other part of me doesn’t want others to know it.

    • Angel says...

      I was thinking the exact same thing!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      haha same.

    • Sandra says...

      Ha ha! I was born in the late 60s, and I noticed they don’t have one of those. I guess the figure we don’t want to admit it. :-)

      Also, the shirt is missing an article…shouldn’t it be “Born in the 70s”…?

    • Annabelle says...

      The erroneous apostrophe kills it for me.

  32. Veronica says...

    Sadly I am a student without the budget for Sezane but my GOD, that ruffled blouse is breathtaking! I immediately started crunching numbers in my head to see if it could be a part of my life.

    • Veronica says...

      P.S. maybe I should get one of the born in the 80s shirts. I am constantly mistaken for being ~20 (in Canada you have to be 19 to buy lottery tickets and I am constantly ID’d any time I buy even a scratch and win) when in reality I’m almost 30. Maybe that will help my dating life too!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      yes, haha!

    • Morgan says...

      Anyone know of a more affordable hack on this blouse? I love it but oh my aching purse strings!

  33. Can’t wait to step foot in that beautiful store here, since I didn’t make it to their shop in Paris! The shoes are gorgeous, heels and tennis shoes alike.

  34. Jess says...

    May I know what size Casey wore for the cozy sweater? Looks amazing on her!

    • Stella Blackmon says...

      Hi Jess, she’s wearing a small! Hope that helps!

      Stella xo

  35. Haylie says...

    I am obsessed with Sézane and look at their stuff online all the time. I’m rarely in a spot where I can make an impulse purchase, though, and they are continually selling out of my size! It drives me bonkers. How do other people handle quick-sell stores?

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      i hear you, haylie! that’s one thing that’s great about la liste — they are trying to keep it in stock as much as possible, and then will restock when it sells out. so it’s easier to get these specific pieces.

    • ariane says...

      Try using the notification for re-stock. I nabbed 2 shirts I was lusting over that immediately sold out and had time to save a bit for them!

  36. Carol says...

    I love this brand so much. So far I have a jacket, a pair of loafers and two tops from them and they are definite wardrobe staples. I had a problem with the shoulders of one of the tops falling down (like would not stay put, at all), so now have just committed to wearing wardrobe tape with it since it was too beautiful to return. Wish list items: those leopard block heels and that cozy sweater. Maybe next year :)

  37. Alexa says...

    Lovely clothes!

    Does anyone remember the Beauty Uniform (I think) with the woman who started a French-inspired shoe collection with her brother? I can’t seem to find the post…Merci!

  38. Jen says...

    Thanks for featuring women of different race/ethnicities today! These two gorgeous ladies should be on their site, too!
    Now on my wishlist: born in the 80s T and a pair of the low heels and pretty much everything else!

  39. Yet another reason to go to New York…or France! :) The three of you look great. Easy and chic in take-me-anywhere outfits!