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.
Not only does cinching your outfit at the waist define your figure, but it also adds a chic accessory to your look, giving it an instant upgrade.
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.
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.
The volume of the pant leg balances out the width of your hips, making you look taller and thinner. Plus, they're so chic.
Not only does a miniskirt elongate your legs, but a wrap skirt in particular adds another dimension by drawing attention to your curves and waist.
On Anne-Laure Mais: ASOS skirt and sandals
This little trick will make your legs look longer and leaner, especially if you wear heeled booties.
On Jeanne Damas: LaContrie Burgundy Calf Leather Cross Body Bag ($850)
Adding an accessory to look adds a dynamic dimension to your outfit while also being flattering.
This trick will make your lower half appear longer than your upper, giving you the long legs you've always wanted.
On Labériane Ponton: Louis Vuitton Twist MM Bag ($3550)
Wearing one color is super elongating while remaining elegant. Try an all-black or all-white look for an extra slimming effect.
Want to get the most out of your shoes? Try a nude pair.
This fresh take on the mini skirt is the easiest way to show off your legs while remaining on-trend.
This silhouette helps draw attention to your hips while keeping things covered up in a classic, elegant way. You can't go wrong with a pencil skirt.
On Sarah Nait: Tommy Hilfiger sunglasses
These cutouts leave something to the imagination while still showing off your body in a subtle but flattering way.
This article was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated by Emily Greenberg. Want to nail Parisian style? Find out how French girls really develop their looks.