30 Looks That Show The Many Sides Of "French Girl" Style

Photographed by Christian Vierig.
French girl this, French girl that. It doesn't matter what girl, in what era, we're referring to — whether it's Françoise Hardy, Catherine Deneuve, or Caroline de Maigret. There's just something about her effortless je ne sais quoi attitude toward style that people can't stop breaking down, dissecting, and attempting to emulate. One quick Google search and an array of "how-to's" will surface, claiming that all one really needs to nail down that Parisian look is a striped shirt, a leather jacket, and a solid pair of black booties.

Well, no offense to the plethora of internet guides out there (our own included), but we've learned that French style is so much more than a few reliable basics. And there's no better time to see the diverse nature of aesthetics in the City of Light than at Paris Fashion Week. Over the past eight or so days, we've seen sheer layers, luxe athleisure, and pattern-mixing that prove there's no one look that defines how French women dress. Click through to see some of our favorites.
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Subtle yellow and orange accents break up this all-black outfit.
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A regular old denim jacket goes a long way.
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Cozy up in a parka this season. Kate Moss said so.
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Add a neck scarf to any outfit for a playful pop of color.
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Tweed looks best when paired with a solid-colored ensemble.
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Tug your jacket slightly off your shoulders.
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While you're at it, tug your dress and shirt off your shoulder, too.
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Sleeves are the ultimate statement-makers.
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Let our global editor-in-chief, Christene Barberich, convince you this is finally the season to buy a silky suit set.
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The bigger the lapels, the better.
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A street style look you can actually wear to work? Yes, please.
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Exhibit A: How to wear one of Google's most popular trends.
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When all else fails, crop your top.
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This one gets an A+ in the athleisure department.
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Live in jeans? Why not try a pair that features some embroidery, embellishments, or leather stripes?
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If you feel like you've already exhausted the bomber trend, take the look one step further with a fully sequined option.
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The ultimate fall-weekend uniform, as seen on Edie Campbell.
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Are we the only ones who love a good dose of plaid in the cold-weather months?
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If Sporty Spice did Paris Fashion Week.
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Yes to these two different ways to wear metallics.
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Neutral, but not at all boring.
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All those sheer pieces you don't know how to wear? Here's proof you can make them work.
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So. Many. Layers.
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For outerwear, stray away from the typical neutral hues. Instead, try something bold, like this highlighter yellow.
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Not one, but two bows.
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#Twinning.
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"I hate to see you go, but I love to watch you leave..."
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Just one of those no-frills, no-thought-needed pieces.
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Leave it to Olivia Palermo to serve up a serious lesson in print-mixing.
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More patterns! More ugly-cute shoes! More graphic tees!
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