How to Wear Color Like a French Girl

It’s difficult to pinpoint what makes Parisian girls so chic. They’ve mastered undone cool, understated elegance, and effortless style. But what gives them that je ne sais quoi? One thing we’ve noticed is that they usually stick to neutrals—their wardrobes mostly consist of white, black, navy, and nude. But they reach for one bold color time and time again: red. Their fondness for red makes sense. The shade is both an enduring classic while completely modern. And it commands attention in a way that’s never flashy.

Whether they’re matching a punchy crimson bag to their lipstick, injecting strong color into an all-black ensemble, or throwing a poppy coat over a simple top and straight-leg jeans, it’s the color French It girls always wear.

Want to see how chic Parisians like Jeanne Damas and Caroline de Maigret wear red? Keep reading to get inspiration from their outfits, and shop our favorite pieces to get their looks.

Jeanne Damas sticks to the basics but brings a pop of red to her outfit with a quilted Sonia Rykiel bag.

French brand Sonia Rykiel is a favorite of Parisian girls.

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Opt for a bold coat like Caroline de Maigret.

There’s nothing more French than a striped boatneck top.

Emmanuelle Alt offsets her menswear-inspired all-black outfit with feminine kitten heels.

Grab this affordable wardrobe staple.

These pants can take you from the office to dinner.

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Actress Alice David doubles up on denim, and she makes her outfit pop with patent Mary Janes and red details on her jacket.

Snag this top while it's on sale.

Swap out your skinny jeans for a straight-leg cut.

Ribbon tie shoes are everywhere this spring.

Blogger Anne-Laure Mais sticks to shades of blue, and she brings pops of red in with her accessories.

French girls love the Mary Jane shoe silhouette.

These clear sunglasses feel so modern.