7 Style Lessons We’ve Learned From French Girls

Today is not Bastille Day or the beginning of the Paris ready-to-wear shows; tomorrow does not mark the release of a major French film; neither Julia Restoin-Roitfeld, Charlotte Gainsbourg nor Lou Doillon just stepped out wearing something particularly mind-blowing. And yet, we’ve got French girls on the brain. In fact, we always have French girls on the brain. What can we say? Their mastery of everyday cool transcends all trends and cultural milestones. Here, the 7 key style lessons we’ve garnered from the Frenchies over the years. If the heat of the workweek has you feeling particularly harried, now’s a good time to take inspiration from these très chic fashion muses.

#1: Silk scarves elevate every outfit

It's the French girl's statement necklace.

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#2: Don't be afraid to take risks with your makeup

Winged eyeliner and red lipstick FTW.

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#3: You need timeless accessories

And yes, we give you permission to splurge.

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#4: Jumpsuits are the new party dress

More fun, less to worry about if you drop your clutch on the floor.

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#5: Skincare is ultra important

Because no one does the no-makeup makeup look like a French girl.

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#6: Hot tools are too much work

All hail dry shampoo and texturizing spray.

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#7. Update your look, ever so slightly

Instead of making huge sartorial swings from season to season, try a few subtle updates.

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