This French Model Had the Best '90s Style, Hands Down

I grew up reading magazines cover to cover in the ’90s and had an ever-growing mood board in my room with pages I had torn out. One of the constant people whose photos you’d find pinned up is Nadège du Bospertus—a French model whose outfits I still think about today. From snapshot-style pictures photographed by Arthur Elgort that feel like an early peek into street style to runway outfits from designers like Chanel, Hermès, and Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, I simply can’t get enough of her inspiring looks from the ‘90s.

Ahead, I’m highlighting some of her most iconic outfits and five key styling lessons I learned from them. Though they were originally snapped a couple decades ago, they feel as relevant as they did back then. Ahead, see exactly why French model Nadège du Bospertus is one of my ultimate style icons.

Wear a Matching Skirt Suit


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There is nothing as instantly polished as a matching skirt suit. Here, styled with statement earrings and a pair of sleek pointed heels, this is the chic outfit formula that will never go out of style.

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Style a Bustier Top With Trousers


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This outfit is such a fresh way to style a bustier top. The loose trousers and blazer offset the formfitting top and waist-defining belt for the perfect balance of proportions.

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Embrace Pink-on-Pink


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While neutrals are my comfort zone, this outfit is an instant dose of inspiration for wearing a bold shade like pink. The trick? Tonal dressing that mixes similar shades of one color family.

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Go for an Oversize Blazer


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While suiting has been a trend that has been growing over the last few years, we'll be sure to see looser, more comfortable styles like this one gain traction this year.

Also, Try Out a Blazer Dress


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You can also opt for a blazer designed to be worn as a dress. Simply add sunglasses, strappy heels, and a micro bag.

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Associate Director, Special Projects

Kristen Nichols is the Associate Director, Special Projects at Who What Wear with over a decade of experience in fashion, editorial, and publishing. She oversees luxury content and wedding features, and covers fashion within the luxury market, runway reporting, shopping features, trends, and interviews with leading industry experts. She also contributes to podcast recordings, social media, and branded content initiatives. Kristen has worked with brands including Prada, Chanel, MyTheresa, and Luisa Via Roma, and rising designers such as Refine and Tove, and her style has been featured in publications including, Vogue France, WWD, and the CFDA. Before Who What Wear, Kristen began her career at Rodarte, where she worked on assistant styling, photo shoots, and runway shows, and at Allure, where she moved into print and digital editorial. She graduated from the University of Southern California, where she studied art history and business, and currently lives in New York.