Secret 8: Add One Alluring Piece A body-skimming leather skirt feels even more intriguing when contrasted with a chunky knit sweater and sneakers. Photo courtesy of Absolutely Glamorous
Secret 7: Show Skin In Unexpected Ways Showing décolletage and too much leg? Le boring. French girls much prefer less expected ways of baring skin, like showing off the shoulders or a bare back. Photo courtesy of Be Frassy
Secret 6: Leave It Undone Whether it’s your shirt half-tucked with a few buttons undone or your boots folded over and left a bit unlaced, looking purposefully unpolished is a French art form. Photo courtesy of Le Blog de Betty
Secret 5: Stick With Your Moto Jacket Whenever you’re pondering your outerwear choice, put on a motorcycle jacket and don’t look back. Trust us (or rather, the French girls): there’s nothing cooler. Image courtesy of Cuillère à Absinthe
Secret 4: Keep Accessories Minimal Take a subtler approach to adornment with minimalistic gold accents, like a delicate bar necklace. Photo courtesy of The Blab
Secret 3: Flats Are Your Friend Flats are the footwear of choice for a gamine French girl. Plus, they’re way more practical for maneuvering on cobblestone streets. Photo courtesy of Mango And Salt
Secret 2: Less Is More Sometimes it’s the stripped down, uncomplicated outfits that make the most impact. Photo courtesy of Chic Muse
Secret 1: Vive Le Smoking! The seductive staple, invented in the ‘60s by Yves Saint Laurent, still holds as much sway today. Photo courtesy of Miss Pandora
Get it in black. The dark color will hide the telltale signs of a being a budget piece.
Lower-priced pumps look more posh in faux suede than faux leather. Charles by Charles David Sway II Suede Pump ($100) in Plum Suede
Style Tip: Drape a blazer in a sophisticated fabric over your shoulders. Stockholm Street Style
Style Tip: Sometimes an understated outerwear piece makes a stronger statement. Stockholm Street Style
Style Tip: Tie a silky kerchief around your neck. Le 21ème
Style Tip: Swap your stones for a strong metal bracelet.
Style Tip: Keep it very, very simple. Stockholm Street Style
Style Tip: Color block with a royal hue and neutrals.
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