Astronaut, firefighter, vet… These are all common answers children give when they're asked what they want to be when they grow up. However, if you were to ask me the same question today, I'd give you a different answer: French. Ahh, to be French and born with je ne sais quoi. I know it's a stereotype, but of all the French women I've met in my life (which, working in fashion, is actually quite a lot), they've all had one thing in common: an effortlessly chic sense of style.
By no means are these women part of a cookie-cutter mold, either: Every single one of them dresses in a completely different manner, leading me to conclude that just by being French, you're blessed with sartorial savvy the rest of us can only try to emulate.
And emulate I will, for I've found 35 exceptional Parisian street style looks that I can't wait to try for myself in 2019—and something tells me you'll want to re-create them, too.
From It prints to cool layering techniques, keep scrolling to see the Parisian street style tips and tricks that'll make you feel authentically French…
Wear a slouchy blazer over your fanciest dresses to strike the perfect high-low balance.
When buying outerwear, always opt for the next size up to achieve that covetable oversized look.
Experiment with unexpected color combinations to create a look that's unique to you.
Give slinky skirts a dressing down with leather accessories and a chunky knit.
Keep waistlines high, as French girls don't really do low-slung trousers.
Pastel hues might seem twee to some, but when slouchy, they can look incredibly cool.
Layering is key for channeling the French aesthetic—the more directional, the better. Follow Tine Andreaa's lead by wearing button-up dresses open over trousers.
Let your personality shine through. Love a particular band? Wear their logo-emblazoned tee under everything from blazers to pinafore frocks.
Consider a white tee, jeans, and pumps your uniform from here on out.
It's all in the details. Neck ties and layered jewels will take any look to the next sartorial level.
Miniskirts are not just acceptable, they're recommended. Just be sure to keep necklines high and shoes interesting as opposed to sexy.
Although French girls are very much here for accessories, sometimes less is more. Case in point? This simple heart belt worn over black jersey.
Use your fabric choices to your advantage: Contrast edgy finishes like leather and vinyl with softer pieces in satin or velvet.
The clashing prints, the mix of prim and casual pieces, the bright bag… This outfit couldn't be more Parisian if it tried.
Take your most statement skirt, add black boots and a roll-neck or white shirt, and you've just mastered French Fashion 101.
Necklace or earrings—who said you have to choose? Not the French, it seems.
Look for updates on classic pieces to give your outfit the edge. The handkerchief hem on this timeless trench makes it feel so fashion-forward.
Don playful prints with confidence. Chloé's horse motif has become a firm favorite amongst French girls who are fearless when it comes to wearing it.
Re-wear your favorite wrap top as a light cover-up come the summer months. Indeed, this is one to bookmark.
Use white boots to lift any dark ensemble. This is particularly effective during the winter months.
Clashing your colors is easy—especially when you keep your accessories to neutral or black tones.
Can't decide which dress to wear? Throw them both on.
Maxi lengths shouldn't be reserved for formal occasions, as this sleeveless coat proves.
Never underestimate your denim jacket—it can help make any outfit look edgy.
Although made up of various shades, the bag, trousers, and coat in this look all feature a dusky undertone which ensures they work seamlessly together. Good to know.
We love how the brown bag (particularly since it's being styled with black shoes) stops this outfit from looking too curated—a French fashion faux pas.
Double denim is totally acceptable—particularly when it's in contrasting hues.
After dark dresses are given a daytime spin with a pair of snake-print boots. Ah, oui.
Parisians firmly believe you're never too old for a hair bow. We concur.
Wearing one hue top-to-toe is a street style favorite for a reason—it'll instantly pull your look together.
French girls love to spin their coats as dresses.
If clashing your prints sounds too daunting, look for varying sizes of the same motif in the same color palette and we promise you won't go wrong.