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!
Cuillère à Absinthe
The seductive staple invented in the '60s by Yves Saint Laurent still holds as much sway today.
2. Less Is More
Sometimes it's the stripped-down, uncomplicated outfits that make the most impact.
3. Flats Are Your Friend
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
Take a subtler approach to adornment with minimalistic gold accents like a delicate bar necklace.
5. Stick With Your Moto Jacket
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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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
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
A body-skimming leather skirt feels even more intriguing when contrasted with a chunky knit sweater and sneakers.
Louise Ebel of Miss Pandora
Deni Elias of Chic Muse
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Victoria of Mango And Salt
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Typhaine Augusto of Cuillère à Absinthe
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Betty Autier of Le Blog de Betty
Jeanne Damas of Jeanne Damas
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Coline of Et Pourquois Pas Coline
Photo:The Cherry Blossom Girl
Alix of The Cherry Blossom Girl
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Clara of The Working Girl
Audrey Rogers of Be Frassy
Who are your French style icons? Share in the comments below!
This story was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated.