Around the world, women look to their counterparts in France as a source of inspiration. It seems that French women have a lesson in effortlessly cool fashion to teach the rest of us. But, sitting at the pinnacle of the Parisians is the model, rocker, and muse Caroline de Maigret. At 43, Caroline’s laid-back yet elegant style is equally inspiring to women at 21 as it is to those at 81. The trendsetter’s style manages to transcend age in part because her approach to dressing is particularly refreshing; she manages to share her unique taste while always keeping things simple.
But don’t just take it from us, it turns out Caroline has some seriously inspiring words on exactly how she developed her rules for dressing. To help highlight her perspective, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite quotes from Caroline over the past years. Each encapsulates exactly what makes her a favorite among fashion’s It crowd, no matter where they live. Continue on to check out her style, and read up on a few of our favorite quotes from Caroline.
In her book, How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are, Caroline shared, “You don’t have to spend a decade’s worth of salary on your wardrobe or flaunt designer brands the whole time. All you need is one signature item: The one you wear when you need to feel strong.”
Caroline told Harper's Bazaar, “Fashion gets boring to talk about after five minutes, but style is so much more, I can go on about style for hours. Style is everything—culture, your personality, and what you do—that’s what makes style. It’s who you are, and how you want to be perceived by others.”
“The Parisian never gives too much away. When it comes to revealing herself, she follows one golden rule: Less is definitely more.” (From How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are)
She told Bella Blissett for You Magazine, “Nowadays, we want to be effortless—but looking effortless takes effort! So we weave a story—create an illusion of effortlessness.”
“A smoking jacket, jeans, and a white T-shirt are items every woman must have.” (From How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are)
In an interview for InStyle Caroline shared, “However you choose to present yourself to the world, the most important thing is to make that look your own. That’s the Parisian in me talking.”
Caroline told Harper's Bazaar, “[Parisian women] We’re not that perfect, and it’s okay. In France, we kind of gave up on that whole perfect thing, and it’s interesting to other people.”
Shop Pieces Inspired By Caroline's Style
Oversize glasses are an effortless accessory to add to your look.
Stripes are a staple in every French girl’s closet.
Put a fresh twist on black ankle boots with a chic buckle detail.
Rolling up the sleeves on a blazer is the styling trick that flatters everyone.
Tuck this into a pair of skinny trousers for an effortless office look.
This post was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated.
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