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French Style Icons — Past and Present — Who Shaped the Fashion Industry

C'est très bien.

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French singer-songwriter Francoise Hardy, UK, 9th February 1968. (Photo by Daily Express/Getty Images)

French style icons have always been a point of reference for designers and those seeking a relaxed, chic mode of dressing. Refresh your appreciation of this country's effortless and confident aesthetic by taking note of the women behind the archetype. Ahead, 23 icons — past and present — worth taking inspiration from for your personal wardrobe.

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French actress and singer Brigitte Bardot is unmissable with her signature blonde hair, thickly-painted cat-eye, and trend-setting style. She perfected the art of adding sex appeal to the simplest of separates.Dove/Hulton Archive/Getty Images