Closing out another fantastic Fashion Month, Paris Fashion Week is finally here. There will be no shortage of gorgeous collections and street-style stars aplenty to inspire our ensembles for the rest of the year. As we wait with bated breath for the latest looks from storied houses such as Chanel and Dior to debut on the runway, we keep a watchful eye on the Parisian attendees. After seasons of studying their ensembles, we’ve come to the conclusion that there are distinct outfit formulas the chicest French girls follow—each of which embodies the sense of Gallic effortlessness we aspire to attain. Whether you gravitate toward edgy fashion insider or fresh and romantic, here’s how to make the look your own.
French editors like Emmanuelle Alt prefer all-black outfits for a sleek, streamlined result. Edgy accessories, layered textures and interesting outerwear keep the look fashion-forward. Channel the vibe by pairing leather pants with a silk tank and an embroidered jacket. Complete with sexy suede booties and a cross-body with metal hardware.
When you think of French It girls, style stars like Jeanne Damas come to mind, as they have a knack for appearing polished yet cool without lifting a finger. What's their secret? Having a good pair of jeans with a straight-leg, vintage silhouette that can be built upon with of-the-moment pieces. Style the denim with a voluminous blouse, Mary Jane sandals and a richly hued chain-strap bag. Adorn with small gold hoops for good measure.
A French girl's approach to a feminine outfit exudes romance without being saccharine as demonstrated by fashion royalty Julia Restoin Roitfeld. Opt for a flowy pale pink ruffled skirt and team with matching ruffle-collar top. Offset the sweetness with a leather ankle boot complete with sculptural heels and a structured clutch.