Ooh La La: 13 French Girls You Should Look to for Perfect Parisian Style

Are you as obsessed with French style as much as we are? From the ingeniously concise ways these girls craft capsule wardrobes to our newfound love for their country's first ever online-only label, Sézane, it's not just the lofty runways of Paris Fashion Week that fascinate us.

The French fashion crew may not get as heavily street style snapped as, say, the Italians, but that's because their outfits aren't outré and are rarely lens-attracting. But that doesn't mean they're any lesser in terms of real-life impact. These ladies are subtle, classic and often wearing the very same outfit they wore last week and the week before that… And the week before that. They're the kind of women we aim to dress like more often—chic but not try-hard, casual but somehow smart, trendy but never slavish to trends. 

So of course you know styling gurus like Carine Roitfeld already, but what of some of other sartorial luminaries that fly un petit peu under the radar? Scroll down to see the French fillies whose wardrobes we'd like to raid—then shop for sophisticated buys to match them.

Most stylish French women: Caroline de Maigret


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Who: Caroline de Maigret

What: Model, muse, musician, generally cool human being

Wear: Caroline wears the hell outta trousers. She's often snapped in a tailored suit, but these Fendi leather pants caught our eye—who would've thought to pair them with a romantic blouse?

Most stylish French women: Aymeline Valade


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Who: Aymeline Valade

What: Model, actress, Saint Laurent girl and our ice-blond hair icon

Wear: Aymeline brings a smidgen of rock chic to every look—even in a smart Dior ensemble like this. Note the swept back hair, stacks of jewellery and rolled-up cuffs.

Most stylish French women: Camille Charriere


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Who: Camille Charrière

What: French-British blogger who could easily be mistaken for a Scandi thanks to her capable skills with oversize clothes

Wear: Camille doesn't have a set look, but what you will often find in common with each outfit is a certain degree of déshabillé—a too-long sleeve there, mussed-up hair there…

Most stylish French women: Camille Seydoux


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Who: Clémence Poésy

What: Actress, model, darling of the fashion world

Wear: Clémence is the kind of girl you'd imagine in a Chloé advert (fact: she actually is a Chloé campaign girl), breezing through a field with tousled hair and a bohemian gown. She also does tomboy very well–case in point, those flat shoes.

Most stylish French women: Lea Seydoux


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Who: Lea Seydoux

What: Actress, Bond Girl, total babe

Wear: During the promo trail for Spectre, Lea proposed a series of seriously sharp ensembles, from the red carpet to the sidewalks. She's always very polished—think of a Hollywood version of French dressing—and often seen wearing Prada.

Most stylish French women: Julia Restoin Roitfeld


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Who: Julia Restoin-Roitfeld

What: Art director, model, founder of super-cute mommy blog Romy And The Bunnies

Wear: Julia, as you can see, has cracking legs. She's most commonly seen in a miniskirt with heels, balanced out with something suitably casual like this striped knit. Sassy but never too sassy.

Most stylish French women: Julie de Libran


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Who: Julie de Libran

What: Fashion designer and artistic director at Sonia Rykiel

Wear: Those in the industry think Julie is about as cool as they come—that's plain to see in the way she rocks the hell outta those silver Sonia Rykiel pants. Her choices aren't as simple as the standard Parisian formula, so for wildcard French style, this is our woman.

Most stylish French women: Anne Catherine Frey


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Who: Anne-Catherine Frey

What: Designer, stylist and blogger

Wear: This angelic face first captured the hearts of street style photographers as a student when she kept having her picture taken at Paris Fashion Week. Her elfin qualities are cut through by a wicked wardrobe—her style is very changeable, she's currently looking quite grungey.

Most stylish French women: Jeanne Damas


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Who: Jeanne Damas

What: Designer, occasional blogger, muse, model, It girl

Wear: Jeanne always injects a girlish attitude to even the most relaxed looks (especially via a little lipstick) and we've noticed a thread of the 1970s running through her wardrobe.

Most stylish French women: Jennifer Neyt


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Who: Jennifer Neyt

What: Editor in chief of Vogue.fr

Wear: She's a denim addict by the looks of things and has persuaded us into wearing white jeans again. With heels and a demi-tuck of a shirt or knit, Jennifer always looks artfully pulled together.

Most stylish French women: Violaine Bernard


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Who: Violaine Bernard

What: Stylist, marketing guru and street style favourite of Tommy Ton and Garance Doré

Wear: Violaine is cute, cute, cute. She wears sweet clothes in the sweetest ways, putting together unexpected layers in a fairly strict colour palette so her vibe never reads as wacky.

Most stylish French women: Geraldine Saglio

Who: Geraldine Saglio

What: Stylist and Vogue Paris fashion editor.

Wear: Geraldine can often be seen walking at the side of her magazine's editor, Emmanuelle Alt, and the two certainly share a love for skinny jeans, belted jackets and kitten heels.

Most stylish French women: Garance Dore

Who: Garance Doré 

What: Photographer, illustrator, writer and blogger

Wear: Garance is adept as wearing masculine clothes without losing any of her innate femininity. She extols the virtues of top-quality, simple wardrobe pillars on her blog but is just as partial to a frivolous shearling coat, for example.

Next up, 10 secrets to getting dressed like French women. 

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