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. After all, is there any collective group that's more chic? Je ne pense pas. 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 we should probably all adopt, 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!
The seductive staple invented in the '60s by Yves Saint Laurent still holds as much sway today.
Available in sizes 0 through 12.
2. Less Is More
Sometimes it's the stripped-down, uncomplicated outfits that make the most impact.
Available in size M.
Available in sizes IT36 to IT48.
3. Flats Are Your Friend
Flats are the footwear of choice for gamine girls everywhere. Plus they're way more practical for maneuvering on cobblestone streets.
Available in sizes 5 to 10.
4. Keep Accessories Minimal
Take a subtler approach to adornment with minimalistic gold accents like a delicate bar necklace.
5. Stick With Your Moto Jacket
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.
Available in sizes IT38 to IT44.
6. Leave It Undone
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.
Available in sizes 6 to 11.
7. Show Skin in Unexpected Ways
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.
Available in sizes 2 to 16.
8. Add One Alluring Piece
A body-skimming leather skirt feels even more intriguing when contrasted with a chunky knit sweater and sneakers.
Available in sizes 2 to 12.
Louise Ebel of Miss Pandora
Deni Elias of Chic Muse
Victoria of Mango And Salt
Typhaine Augusto of Cuillère à Absinthe
Betty Autier of Le Blog de Betty
Jeanne Damas of Jeanne Damas
Coline of Et Pourquois Pas Coline
Alix of The Cherry Blossom Girl
Clara of The Working Girl
Audrey Rogers of Be Frassy
Who are your French style icons? Share in the comments below!