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 42, 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.
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“[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
Stripes are a staple in every French girl’s closet.
Leather slides can be found on nearly every street style star this season.
Elongate your legs with these trousers and a pair of high heels.
Rolling up the sleeves on a blazer is the styling trick that flatters everyone.
Make a colorful top look effortless by pairing it with black skinny jeans.
A feminine dress is always in style.
Pearl details at the cuff make these trousers special.
Tuck this into a pair of skinny trousers for an effortless office look.
Found: A spring jacket to go with everything you already own.
Never underestimate the power of a basic v-neck
A white T-shirt is easily the most versatile item a person can own.
Put a fresh twist on black ankle boots with a chic buckle detail.
Jeans that fit just right are a worthy investment.
A minimal shoulder bag makes day-to-night dressing simple.
Curious to learn more about Caroline? Check out her number one style rule!