How to Nail the French Girl Style

 

French girl style can best be described in three words: Minimalist, Effortless, and Elegant.

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Think neutrals, minimalist pairing and accessorizing, layering of basics, and timeless accent pieces. If you’re feeling inspired and ready to embrace the French girl style, check out the top style rules below!

 
 
 
 
 
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opt for lower-heeled shoes (3 inches or less) in trendy and minimal styles like mules, booties, and strap sandals. Avoid stilettos and sky high platforms.

DON’T

wear flashy logos. Avoid wearing items with distinct statement logos, as the key to a luxurious, elevated outfit is how you style the clothes — not by showing the name of the brand.

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keep accessorizing minimal with a limit of 3 pieces per body part. Over-accessorizing clutters the outfit and creates multiple focal points. If you want to wear a statement necklace, wear it alone and add a ring or bracelet. French women tend to go for timeless, gold jewelry that can be layered or worn alone.

DON’T

try too hard. Think model off-duty. There is beauty in simplicity and sometimes less is more. Keep your face fresh, hair neat and throw on a bold red lip with a simple outfit, and you’re good to go.

 

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French Girl Basics

The 5 quintessential pieces you need to build a French girl inspired wardrobe.

Plaid Blazer

To nail French Girl style, you’ll need a plaid blazer like this one that will bring a refined element to your outfit and can take you from day to night.

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Straight Cut Jeans

A pair of straight cut jeans will bring an element of casualness to the outfit which balances out sharper, more formal silhouettes like a blazer or blouse. Opt for a pair in a darker wash like this one and avoid heavy distressing.

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Everyday Knit Top

The everyday knit top varies season to season, but a ribbed knit top in a neutral color is a must-have for a French girl’s wardrobe. In the summer, opt for a cami like this one to keep you cool. A cami in a silhouette like this makes for a great transition into the fall when layered with a tee or sweater. We also recommend a high-neck knit top (perfectly on-trend for 2020). For colder months, you’ll need a knit turtleneck to achieve the business casual elegance of French style. And finally, you can never go wrong with a classic striped knit top like this one.

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Beige Trench Coat

French girl style would not be complete without this outerwear classic. The longline silhouette brings levels to the outfit and pairs well with everything. For an even simpler piece, we recommend this cotton trench with minimal trims. For a heavier duty trench coat, opt for a formal twill piece like this one from Equipment.

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Silk Blouse

We recommend a silk button-down shirt with a collar for a refined, elegant look. A silk shirt, or one with a satin finish, is extra luxe and makes a great contrast paired with denim straight-cut jeans. A breathable blouse like this drapes beautifully and can be styled in many ways, making it an essential to nail French girl style.

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