8 Secrets to Dressing Like a French Girl

Looking to step up your style game this winter? If so, there's no better fashion set to take cues from than our favorite French girls. So after combing through photo after photo of effortlessly fashionable ensembles, we think we've finally cracked the code to French style, and we're making it easy for you to emulate with our breakdown of the eight secrets for mastering the look. From the footwear of choice to the actually easy approach to accessories, you're not only going to love these tips; you'll want to shop them immediately.

Read on to get the secrets of French style, from your chapeau down to your chaussures.

1. Vive le Smoking!

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Cuillère à Absinthe

The seductive staple invented in the '60s by Yves Saint Laurent still holds as much sway today.

2. Less Is More

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Chic Muse

Sometimes it's the stripped-down, uncomplicated outfits that make the most impact.

3. Flats Are Your Friend

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Mango and Salt

Flats are the footwear of choice for gamine girls everywhere. Plus they're way more practical for maneuvering on cobblestone streets.

4. Keep Accessories Minimal

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The Blab

Take a subtler approach to adornment with minimalistic gold accents like a delicate bar necklace.

5. Stick With Your Moto Jacket

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Cuillère à Absinthe

Whenever you're pondering your outerwear choice, put on a motorcycle jacket and don't look back. Trust us (or rather, the French girls): There's nothing cooler.

6. Leave It Undone

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Le Blog de Betty

Whether it's your shirt half-tucked with a few buttons undone, or your boots folded over and left a bit unlaced, looking purposefully unpolished is a French art form.

7. Show Skin in Unexpected Ways

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Be Frassy

Showing décolletage and too much leg? Le boring. French girls much prefer less expected ways of baring skin, like showing off the shoulders or a bare back. 

8. Add One Alluring Piece

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Absolutely Glamorous

A body-skimming leather skirt feels even more intriguing when contrasted with a chunky knit sweater and sneakers.

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Miss Pandora

Louise Ebel of Miss Pandora

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Chic Muse

Denni Elias of Chic Muse

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Mango And Salt

Victoria of Mango and Salt

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Cuillère à Absinthe

Typhaine Augusto of Cuillère à Absinthe

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Le Blog de Betty

Betty Autier of Le Blog de Betty

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Jeanne Damas

Jeanne Damas of Jeanne Damas

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Et Pourquois Pas Coline

Coline of Et Pourquoi Pas Coline

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The Cherry Blossom Girl

Alix of The Cherry Blossom Girl

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The Working Girl

Clara of The Working Girl

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Be Frassy

Audrey Rogers of Be Frassy

This story was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated.