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HOW TO DRESS LIKE A PARISIAN

While it’s no secret that French women are Fashion’s favourite muse, the essence of their sartorial je ne sais quoi remains an iconic mystery. Beyond berets, Breton tops and Birkin bags, the coveted Parisian 'look' emerges as an attitude above all; a 'just threw it on' nonchalance that defies trends and always translates to chic. 

Home to some of the world's most illustrious design houses and famed couturiers; it follows that in Paris, fashion isn't just a way of dressing, it's a way of life. Here we turn our attention to the French fashion girls synonymous with la style Française and take notes on the easy to emulate outfits they wear on repeat.

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Effortless Off Duty

Effortless Off Duty

Parisian it-girl Sabina Socol reminds us that French women never forgo comfort. A slouchy oversized knit may seem like stating the obvious, but the right one will channel a relaxed confidence that is trés alluring, even on off duty days. Look for chunky ribbed sweaters with voluminous sleeves and classic cream shades. Socol teams hers with straight leg jeans and an easy bucket bag. Needless to say, your favourite belted trench coat will work especially well here - mais bien sûr. Just add tousled locks and we'll see you on the terrace.

Summer In The City

Summer In The City

Balmy summer days call for free-spirited floral dresses. French style muse Jeanne Damas opts for a strappy cami style in a vintage ditsy print. Get the look with midi and maxi lengths that channel the same grown-up femininity and - importantly - require minimal effort. When in doubt, avoid wearing anything that feels too 'put together' - think floaty fabrics, soft draping and subtly cinched waists. Accessories-wise, consider keeping things pared back like Damas: a simple pendant necklace and raffia basket bag will take you far.    

Midnight in Paris

Midnight in Paris

If there's a common thread to all of these ensembles, it's that French women are never overdressed. So how to take on the city's sultry streets after dark? Fashion editor Anne-Laure Mais Moreau, a.k.a. Adénorah sets the tone in effortless separates that carry just the right amount of sex appeal. Pair a slinky satin evening top with a tailored blazer and ladylike heeled mules. For added elegance, look for high-waisted wide leg trousers that will unfailingly elongate the silhouette. Time for an apéritif?

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