Pre-Instagram, we might've had to rely on fashion week for our street style roundups, but when it comes to experiencing global style in 2018, we're spoiled for choice. Not only does social media allow us to see the #OOTDs of women on every continent at the click of a button, but it also gives us a chance to reassess the sartorial tropes that have developed around certain countries.
One of the most well-worn fashion stereotypes has to be that of the "French girl." Cue the expensive basics, Breton tops, silk shirts, and tasteful yet subdued occasion wear, all of which are embodied by the likes of Carine Roitfeld and Emanuelle Alt. While there are many who still love the traditional, pared-back aesthetic, Instagram proves that it is no longer representative of the average fashion-loving Parisienne, with influencers such as Ellie Delphine from Slip Into Style and Syana Laniyan bringing a more avant-garde and experimental approach to the table.
"Parisian women don't shy away from a funky touch," says Delphine. "We love a statement shoe, an extravagant piece of costume jewelry, a flashy print or one piece that will make heads turn."
To get a better sense of what "classic French style" looks like in 2018, we scoured the feeds of our favorite Gallic girls and created six golden rules for re-creating their looks. From funky knits to souped-up miniskirts, scroll down to see what it takes to nail classic French style now. (Hint: It's not what you think.)
1. ALWAYS FIND A WAY TO ELEVATE YOUR STAPLES
2. DON'T BE AFRAID OF BREAKING THE RULES
3. MINIS ARE CHIC WHEN BELTED & WORN WITH SHEER TIGHTS
4. A QUIRKY JUMPER IS NEVER A BAD IDEA
5. TAILORING ALWAYS LOOKS COOLER WITH SNEAKERS
6. LEOPARD PRINT IS THE NEW NEUTRAL
This post originally appeared on Who What Wear UK. Next: the classic boots French girls wear year after year.