Achieving the mystique of a French fashion editor is no easy feat, but thanks to our long-term crushes on Parisian insiders like Carine Roitfeld and Emmanuelle Alt, we’ve discovered the key qualities to exude, should you wish to emulate. Click through for a Francophile-friendly roundup of tailored blazers, crisp button-downs, and worn-in t-shirts, and find out what gives these women their je ne sais quoi.
Tasteful sexuality is an essential part of French appeal, which is best illustrated in the fashion world by Roitfeld. The 59-year-old former Editor-in-Chief of Vogue Paris and creator of CR Fashion Book continues to emanate erotic-chic in the clothing she wears and the way she wears it. Slim pencil skirts, sheer panels, and her signature smokey eye are all vital to the French fashion editor look, so take note!
All it took for us to fall in love with this six-foot Parisian wonder was her role in Paris Vogue’s music video remake of Wham!’s “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go”, which conveniently illustrates the next French fashion editor element: effortlessness. Even in a t-shirt and skinny jeans, Alt’s confidence and simplicity never fail to leave us swooning.
As assistant stylist to Emmanuelle Alt, Saglio’s look is (naturally) rich with Parisian charm. Whether donning a shearling bomber jacket or dressed in head-to-toe black, the way she executes balanced outfits is simply impeccable. For example: if you’re wearing embellished jeans and pointy-toe pumps, opt for a slouchy t-shirt instead of a structured blouse. Facile!
Part of what makes French fashion editors so unattainable, yet so approachable, is their timeless appeal. Vogue Paris’ Fashion and Market Editor has an arsenal of wardrobe staples that re-instills the oh-so-French idea of a “uniform.” Plus, why wouldn’t you want to make your (sartorial) life easier?
The effect of an all-black outfit is powerful. Case in point: this model-turned-accessories editor for Vogue Paris often mixes and matches her noir separates and the results are consistently on-point. When in doubt, wear black!
The half-Senegalese, half-French Editor-at-Large for CLM skillfully experiments with bright colors, loud prints, and bold shapes on a regular basis. Perhaps slightly more adventurous than the average French editor, Sarr-Jamois still strongly maintains a laid-back appeal that is essential to the look.
Black & Ecru Striped Mariner Sweater ($220)
No French editor would be complete without her striped top.
Floppy Hat in Wool and Leather ($108)
Because a sunburn is the opposite of chic.
Downtown Colored Stretch Skinny Jeans ($350)
Swap your printed jeans for a pair with some serious embellishments.
Holden Sandals ($510)
Word has it that the slip-on sandal is having a moment.
Tulip Skirt ($422)
A pop of red is always a good idea.
Skinny Blue Jeans ($277)
Skinny jeans will pair perfectly with all of your French editor staples.