How to Wear Skinny Jeans Like a French Girl

We consider skinny jeans to be about as American as fashion comes, but that doesn't mean we can't learn a thing or two about wearing the wardrobe staple from our French counterparts. We have a well-documented obsession with Parisian style, especially that of the ultra-cool singer and model Lou Doillon, who happens to be the star of J Brand's fall 16 denim campaign. For the four-shot series, the French fashion plate serves up a major lesson in how Europe's chicest women wear their blue jeans.

So what's Doillon's secret when it comes to wearing skinnies? She keeps things simple. The model poses wearing the ubiquitous denim with understated wardrobe staples: a relaxed button-down, a sleek leather jacket, and simple black ankle booties. Together, the ensembles capture that effortless je ne se quoi that Parisian women perfectly possess. 

Check out Doillon in the campaign below, and then shop skinny jeans from J Brand!

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J Brand/Matteo Montanari

Distressed skinnies and a leather jacket make for a cool combo.

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J Brand/Matteo Montanari

Pair tight pants with booties for an easy but super cool look.

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J Brand/Matteo Montanari

Channel your inner French girl by adding a white button-down.

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J Brand/Matteo Montanari

Not a fan of super-slim jeans? Try a kick flare instead.

Distressing makes these an ideal weekend jean.

High-rise skinny jeans look flattering on all body types.

Give one of fall's big denim trends, the step hem, a spin.

If you want to dress things up a bit, swap typical denim for a sateen.

 

 

 

Distressing makes jeans ideal for a relaxed weekend. 

Sleek black skinny jeans will always be an ultra-flattering choice.

A step hem in a classic blue has just the right amount of edge.

On the hunt for more denim advice? Here are nine cool ways to wear skinnies now!

This post was updated by Aemilia Madden