3 Chic Skinny-Jean Outfits French Girls Would Wear

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It’s rare to come across a wardrobe that’s absent of skinny jeans. We rely on them as a foundation for a range of ensembles, and it doesn’t hurt that we can mindlessly throw them on any given morning. Still, we’re constantly on the hunt for ways to elevate the staple, and if anyone succeeds in doing so, it’s French girls. Inspired by their talent for nailing elegant nonchalance, we’ve compiled three outfits that exude Gallic cool and take skinnies to the next level. Ahead, score our tips for channeling Parisian style.

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Skinnies Done The French-Girl Way

Model Jeanne Damas in Paris.

Denim is an essential component of the French-girl uniform. Pair dark-wash skinnies with a sleek striped turtleneck, a belted trench and flats for a casual yet pulled-together ensemble. Add color via a bright shoulder bag.

Voluminous Trench Coat

$245

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Logo Leather Shoulder Bag

$1,370

J. W. Anderson

Whisper Cotton Turtleneck

$38

Madewell

Fabric Ballerinas

$70

Zara

MOTO Rich Indigo Jamie Jeans

$70

Topshop

French girls know black on black is an utterly chic outfit formula. Combine sexy lace-up skinnies with a lace-trimmed cami, then toughen up the look with a military jacket and leather ankle boots.

Lace Applique Top

$46

Mango

Front Flap Crossbody

$59

Charles & Keith

Quinley Pointed Toe Block Heel Booties

$225

Kenneth Cole

Josette Embellished Wool-Blend Jacket

$860

Alice & Olivia

Good Legs Crop Lace Up

$179

Good American

Gallic ladies go for hints of elegance and femininity. An off-the-shoulder blouse adds interest to basic blue skinnies. Pull the look together with a silk neck scarf, sculptural earrings and slingback pumps.

The Penna

$248

M.Gemi

Gryffin Off The Shoulder Top

$285

Alexis

Bertoldi Earrings

$420

AGMES

Silk Striped Scarf

$45

Cuyana

Slim High Twisted Jeans

$40

H&M