The 7 Style Mistakes French Women Never Make

What are the mysterious qualities that make French style so very covetable? Words like "effortless" and "undone" come to mind, but we suspect it's partly the things French women don't do that make them so fashionable. 

And because French women are truly in a sartorial league of their own, the rest of the world is on a constant quest to emulate them. Knowing the set of guidelines they follow is the first step in achieving that effortless quality that they're known for. The secrets of French style are closely guarded, but we're working them out one at a time.

To find out what these no-nos are, we went straight to the source and asked our favourite French style bloggers for the fashion faux pas they would never make. From the footwear style they avoid (and what they wear instead) to their philosophy when it comes to accessorising, these tips are timeless, simple and relevant to every age group. You know what else will help? Seeing our definitive list of the French fashion brands every girl should know.

Read on for your master class in je ne sais quoi.

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"A French woman would never wear too-high heels. You will never see a French woman with shoes like Lady Gaga." — Labériane Ponton of The Blab

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"I would never wear a push-up bra. We think that small breasts are sexy too, thanks to Charlotte Gainsbourg." — Aurelia of Absolutely Glamorous

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"I would avoid wearing clothes or accessories with the name of the brand shown very distinctly. I think luxury is the way you wear your clothes, not by showing the name of the brand." — Tokyobanhbao of The World of Tokyobanhbao

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"I would never wear more than three pieces of jewellery at once. I think any more than that clutters and confuses a look. Understated jewellery is usually my go-to, but if I do wear a statement piece, it will always be on its own." — Audrey Rodgers of Be Frassy

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"When wearing something really chic, you go easy on the makeup, and if you're wearing only a shirt and a pair of jeans, a red lipstick could do the trick. We don't really show off; we like simplicity." — Typhaine Augusto of Cuillère à Absinthe

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"I sometimes see girls wearing skirts in elastic material over their jeans. I do not understand the look. I would never do that." — Kenza Sadoun-el Glaoui of La Revue de Kenza

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"I would never wear skin-coloured tights. They are the worst thing in fashion." — Valentine Vanesse of Hello It's Valentine

See the 34 French fashion brands every girl should have on her radar, plus the eight fashion rules French women stick to.

This article has been updated by Hannah Almassi.