It’s no secret that there’s a certain je ne sais quoi when it comes to French-girl style. It’s polished yet effortless. Classic yet cool. And it always seems to highlight a figure in just the right way. There's a reason it's one of the main styles we're always taking inspiration from. From Jeanne Damas to Anne-Laure Mais of Adenorah, the elegant-meets-badass style that’s unequivocally French has been the source of numerous double-taps and outfit pinnings for years. So who better to illustrate Parisian slimming styling secrets than the French trendsetters themselves? Equip yourself with these need-to-know tricks, and you’ll be perfectly poised for your own street style moment.
We're spilling their secrets. From dresses to pantsuits to wide-leg jeans and more, there's a simple way to help your wardrobe get one step closer to Parisian. Keep reading to find out the 13 slimming style tips almost every French girl follows.
Add a belt to define the narrowest portion of your body, your waist.
Use vertical stripes to elongate any look. If you're daring, go for head-to-toe stripes for maximum effect.
Vertical stripes create an illusion of length. Whether you're tall, short, or somewhere in between, you can never go wrong with a little elongation to help you stand out.
Ditch cropped jackets for a long blazer or trench instead. The result will create a long line for a lengthening effect.
There's a reason trench coats are the go-to jacket for French girls. These slimming coats are the perfect extra layer for a chic yet elegant look.
Trust: Good flares have magical powers.
Achieve an instant hourglass figure with a wrap dress or skirt, which creates a diagonal line to define your midsection.
Match the color of your pants to your shoes, and avoid showing any skin to make a continuous line.
Accessorize with a long scarf or necklace to elongate your torso.
For legs that go on for miles, try a pair of high-rise pants.
The monochrome look is in style right now, and it's insanely flattering. Wear one color from head to toe to avoid any visual breaks.
Any heels will make you taller, and but pointy-toe heels gives you an extra lengthening effect.
While a typical A-line skirt breaks up your legs, causing them to look shorter, a skirt with a side or asymmetrical slit actually extends the natural line of your leg.
The pencil skirt is a French staple piece for a reason: The style gives you an hourglass figure every time.
Looking to show some skin? Do it strategically. Look for cutouts or eyelets that emphasize your waistline.