And yes, it's a totally normal—nay, brilliant—thing to dress similarly or even in the same outfit as your maman. Great style and wardrobe classics never fade, so why can't you wear them now and in four decades' time? It girl Jeanne Damas proved the point recently, snapping herself alongside her mother, both wearing the same blue ribbed tee from her collection on Rouje, and high-waisted jeans.
Maybe all French girls are blessed with excellent pins like Camille Charrière. Maybe they just know exactly how to rock a short hemline and not look overdone. Maybe it's both, but we're certainly in awe. See how the long-line blazer and leather handbag smarten up a micro denim skirt? See how the addition of beaten-up sneakers makes the whole thing oh so casual? We bow down.
As any well put-together French maven will tell you, there is nothing less attractive than hobbling around in high heels. It's all about looking cool and breezy, so for this, it's no wonder many, like Vogue Paris's Emmanuelle Alt here, turn to brands such as Chanel for the answer. Karl Lagerfeld never produces sky-high stilettos—just clever ones like these mules that you can slip on and off and last in all day.
We’re not talking about waist-cinching of the extreme variety, but French women always make sure that their feminine figure is in some way in check—even when wearing loose-fitting clothes. Blogger Aria Di Bari provides an excellent example—a shapeless tunic gets the right treatment by this nonchalantly knotted belt.
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#6: Never be afraid of wearing something overtly sexy.
Model and fashion darling Aymeline Valade has a similar approach to Carine Roitfeld when it comes to sultry dressing: It's all about a 50/50 ratio. Yes, you can see she's wearing a sheer, lace camisole (with no bra, very français), but the rest of her outfit is tailored and tomboyish. Walking this line successfully? It's all down to confidence.
From bikers jackets to boho coats, bombers to blazers, French girls invest a heavy amount of cash into great outerwear. It means that your simple jeans, tees and shirts never have to work hard while the cover-up does all the talking for you. And let's face it, in our climate, you'll never not get the wear out of a well-chosen piece.
#8: If you're set on accessorising, keep the clothes simple.
In a similar vein to the sassy/sensible ratio we mentioned earlier, there are French fashion rules that apply to the level of accessorising set against an outfit. Want to wear your new shoes, bag and hat at the same time? Then you'll need a clean, simple, super-plain outfit underneath—preferably in a neutral colour.