How to dress like a French woman

We’ve all been there: wistfully wishing we could emulate the French woman’s effortless style and feminine charm that invariably makes the rest of us look like we’re trying too hard. Oui, whether it’s Emmanuelle Alt, Vanessa Paradis, Carine Roitfeld, Marion Cotillard or Ines de la Fressange, these women are never too dressed up, or too dressed down and manage to look chic even when being scruffy, leaving the rest of us wondering just how they do it.
The good news is, we’ve done the research, poured over hundreds of Instagram and Pinterest images, studied their style and decoded this je ne sais quoi that French women seem to have in abundance to bring you the four ways you can dress like a French woman.

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Know what works for you
A French woman knows the styles and cuts that work for her, and with that comes confidence. She wears the clothes and not the other way around. Classic cuts and fabrics that flatter her body, rather than trendy pieces, form the mainstay of her wardrobe, ensuring there is never a moment of doubt about what she’s wearing.

Keep it colour coordinated
Subtlety is key when dressing like the French. Never mix more than three loud colours at once. Stick to navy, black, beige or grey and throw on a colourful scarf, belt or shoes to enhance the overall palette of your outfit.

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Invest in key pieces
If you were to go through any French woman’s closet you’re likely find the six staples: a beautiful pair of high heels, skinny black jeans (leather optional), a leather jacket, oversized cashmere sweater, a large scarf and a black dress of course. She splurges on these because she knows they will always be in fashion, no matter what the trends are.

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Accessorise, accessorise, accessorise

Accessories can make or break your outfit. French women know this and invest in excellent quality shoes and bags. After all, an expensive bag or shoes can help bring together any high street outfit making it look polished and sophisticated. Again, eschew trendy designs and colours that will probably only last a season, and opt for more classic shapes. Other accessories that French women rely on to add some oomph to an outfit are belts, scarves, hats, hair accessories and even tights. As always, remember less is more.

We understand the importance of accessories too and we’re giving away a bag each to 3 lucky readers from French fashion brand Sinequanone.


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1. Leave a comment below explaining why accessories are so important

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