Clémence Poésy, Emanuelle Alt, Marion Cotillard — les femmes françaises have a way of embodying that notion of je ne sais quoi when it comes to personal style. “It's more the way you mix the clothes and how you move, how you open your bag, how you cross your legs — just little things that make a difference,” said Carine Roitfeld when describing French fashion. There’s no need for over-the-top elements of grandeur because it’s the simplicity of it all that truly stops traffic. It’s the French woman’s quietly confident attitude and maybe one fascinating accessory crafting her noteworthy style.
The Fashionista du jour exemplifies this conception of French dressing to a T. She wears a wardrobe-staple black cardigan and crisp white jeans, which she pairs with nude flats and brown leather accessories. There’s hardly anything more classic than that. But, what really makes her look worthy of L’Avenue des Champs Élysées? Her cloche adorned with sequin detailing. Atop her au naturel hair and fresh face — “chic” can only begin to cover it.
French style has always captivated American women, and for good reason. Where we take very calculated steps into outfitting ourselves and refining our beauty regime, French women tend to be a bit more effortless, yet perfectly undone. To emulate their mode of dressing, dial it back a few notches and take time to focus on timeless pieces. With tailored black pants from Banana Republic and Madewell’s silk peplum top — going back to basics never looked so good. Polish off your outfit with a pair of conversation-starting, strappy, two-toned heels from Zara and get ready to book your flight to Paris.