How French Girls Get Away With Wearing the Same Outfit Twice

Chances are your schedule for the upcoming weeks is packed with holiday function after holiday function. With so many events on the agenda, even the biggest clothes horse can find it difficult to dress for so many back-to-back occasions. If you’re struggling to muster up new ensembles for every event that beckons your attendance, take a cue from French girls for tricks they use to re-wear the same outfit with great success.

French-girl effortlessness goes a long way when it comes to party dressing. French women easily play up basics and timeless pieces they already own, making them into party-ready ensembles that are instantly cool. Furthermore, they’ve been known to rock the same frock on repeat, never appearing redundant or stale but instead bringing new life to the outfit each time. How do they rework the same party outfit and get away with it? It’s all about the details—the accessories they choose to take their clothes to new heights.

This French-girl style strategy has been demonstrated to perfection by Jeanne Damas, who showed up at both the Emporio Armani and Victoria’s Secret fashion shows wearing the exact same velvet jumpsuit. At Armani she topped off the look with a statement necklace that ran parallel with the deep plunging neckline of the piece. For the Victoria’s Secret red carpet, Damas’s statement one-piece takes on new life as she went more minimal with her jewelry and cinched the velvet number at the waist with a black belt, proving the right accessories can transform a look.

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