Does anyone else find the French saying “je ne sais quoi” maddeningly mysterious? The phrase translates to “I do not know what, ” but when it comes to Parisian style, we want to know exactly what—and how, when, and why too! Hence, we’ve set out to demystify the city’s tres cool fashion by going straight to the source: French style bloggers.
8 Secrets To Dressing Like A French Girl
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Now, after combing through photo after photo of effortlessly chic ensembles, we think we’ve finally cracked the code. Read on to get the secrets of French style, from your chapeau down to your chaussures.
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Secret 1: Vive Le Smoking!
The seductive staple, invented in the ‘60s by Yves Saint Laurent, still holds as much sway today.
Photo courtesy of Miss Pandora
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Theory Kevina Blazer ($445)
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Secret 2: Less Is More
Sometimes it’s the stripped down, uncomplicated outfits that make the most impact.
Photo courtesy of Chic Muse
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Secret 3: Flats Are Your Friend
Flats are the footwear of choice for a gamine French girl. Plus, they’re way more practical for maneuvering on cobblestone streets.
Photo courtesy of Mango And Salt
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Bass Wayfarer Loafers ($99)
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Secret 4: Keep Accessories Minimal
Take a subtler approach to adornment with minimalistic gold accents, like a delicate bar necklace.
Photo courtesy of The Blab
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Daniela Boari Bastoncino Silver Chain Necklace ($95)
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Secret 5: Stick With Your Moto Jacket
Whenever you’re pondering your outerwear choice, put on a motorcycle jacket and don’t look back. Trust us (or rather, the French girls): there’s nothing cooler.
Image courtesy of Cuillère à Absinthe
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Mango Leather Biker Jacket ($290)
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Secret 6: Leave It Undone
Whether it’s your shirt half-tucked with a few buttons undone or your boots folded over and left a bit unlaced, looking purposefully unpolished is a French art form.
Photo courtesy of Le Blog de Betty
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Deena & Ozzy Fold-Over Combat Boots ($50)
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Secret 7: Show Skin In Unexpected Ways
Showing décolletage and too much leg? Le boring. French girls much prefer less expected ways of baring skin, like showing off the shoulders or a bare back.
Photo courtesy of Be Frassy
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Donna Karan One-Shoulder Georgette Jumpsuit ($869)
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Secret 8: Add One Alluring Piece
A body-skimming leather skirt feels even more intriguing when contrasted with a chunky knit sweater and sneakers.
Photo courtesy of Absolutely Glamorous
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Vince Leather And Stretch-Jersey Pencil Skirt ($382)
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Louise Ebel of Miss Pandora
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Deni Elias of Chic Muse
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Victoria of Mango And Salt
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Typhaine Augusto of Cuillère à Absinthe
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Betty Autier of Le Blog de Betty
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Jeanne Damas of Jeanne Damas
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Coline of Et Pourquois Pas Coline
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Alix of The Cherry Blossom Girl
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Clara of The Working Girl
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Audrey Rogers of Be Frassy