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LESSONS IN LAYERING FROM THE FRENCH FASHION SET

Wondering how to layer clothes like a French girl? We've uncovered their top style secrets...

There's no greater disappointment than hiding a perfectly put-together outfit under a bulky winter coat. At this time of year, wearing layer upon layer is non-negotiable. But with a little help from the Parisian street style masters, we’ve figured out how to navigate 'onion dressing' while maintaining your personal style.

Gallic girls are widely envied for their effortless dress code – and their approach to layering is no exception. So, if you want to carry yourself through winter with the ease and sophistication of the French fashion set, familiarise yourself with these lessons in layering.

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Cardigans are Essential

Cardigans are Essential

Cardigans are making a comeback – and they’re no longer confined to the ‘grandma chic’ aesthetic. Thanks to the French fashion set, the button-down knits have gone from faux pas to must-have. Wear your chosen cardi as a top like style muse Anne-Laure Mais, or tuck it into some high-rise denim. Throw on a classic camel coat, and voilà: Your ultra-cosy outfit is complete.

When in Doubt, Wear Black

When in Doubt, Wear Black

It’s no secret that French women have an affinity for all things noir. The quickest way to achieve easy elegance is to slip into a black-on-black ensemble – and it takes the fuss out of finding a cover-up that will compliment your outfit. If you’re concerned about straying into goth territory, break up the look with hints of cream or tan. Or, commit to the sultry styling and dab on your favourite red lipstick. Oh là là.

Play with Texture

Play with Texture

According to the Parisian trendsetters, your coat should make an outfit, not break it. Experiment with texture and wrap up in a vintage-inspired leather coat or a cropped teddy jacket like taste-maker Leia Sfez. An otherwise simple outfit will suffice; let the texture do the talking and opt for a casual knit + jeans combination.

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