How To Dress Like A French Girl

Following Paris Fashion Week, some people transition back to normal life by sleeping in for a straight week. Others might take that extra vacation day to unwind under a cabana in some far-flung location. But, us? Call us masochists, but we're going to spend our time treating ourselves to some of the same scenery we were entrenched in for the past month: beautiful outfits and killer style.
And, for the last stretch, Fashion Week attendees let go of any preconceived aspirations for glamour and impact and started dressing a little more practically, a little more uniformly — which all seems a little more Parisienne to us. Yep, the ladies brought out the menswear-style overcoats, the trim little trousers, and the simple pumps that kick any outfit up a notch. French-girl style is all about achieving that just-right mix of effortlessness and polish, and we're here to point out the takeaway from each stellar ensemble we spotted in the City of Love, so you can get the look, too. Ahead, check out 65 snaps that are très chic.
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Black and navy do go together, especially with pops of red. Make like Tamu McPherson, and break the conventional style rules.
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Highlighter colors work when they're reined in with black accessories.
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Black and white and right all over! When going monochromatic, try mixing prints — and varying volume!
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Sneakers were everywhere in Paris. We love the way they funk up this outfit of staple pieces and a statement coat.
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It takes just one bold pattern to really make a look.
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An all-white ensemble with a statement bag is really, well, peaceful.
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Rad tip: Belt your scarf and your outerwear for a bundled-up look that's super sophisticated.
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Natalie Joos knows how to mix pastels with mustards and deep black — try this new combo come springtime.
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A head-to-toe printed outfit works well if you keep the accessories sleek.
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Always match your footwear to your three-wheeler.
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Olivia Palermo proves that sheer sleeves add just the right amount of sexy to a daytime look.
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Do: Work Karl into your outfit whenever possible. Plus 50 bonus points.
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A voluminous coat is even more eye-catching when it comes in a textured fabric.
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Mixing whites is totally doable as long as you keep the ensemble streamlined!
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Simple, black tights make a great base for patterned skirts, bags, and shoes.
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A smile is the best accessory for a daring ensemble that means "business."
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Miroslava Duma's vest works as outerwear, mixing blues with stunning over-the-knee boots.
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Sometimes, a statement coat is all you really need.
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Let rust and reds really move you by pairing loosely structured pants with beautiful basics.
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Arms are out, so invest in a cape that really brings the laughs.
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Mixing dark textures gets even more dramatic with an ankle-hugging dress/coat.
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Take your coat to the next, next level by finding a moto-cut jacket in an out-there print.
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A hood gives even the simplest outfit some attitude.
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Boots can work as pants (or tights) when they disappear underneath a major coat.
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If there's one thing we've learned from all of the Fashion Weeks this year, it's to layer, layer, layer. And, then, throw on one more layer.
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Get familiar with gauchos because they're not goin' anywhere! Play up their length with tall boots (or stilettos!).
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We've seen lots of matching-hue duos on the streets this year. Maybe color coordinating isn't just a thing of the '90s!
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Trousers, socks, and a well-soled oxford go together like 3LW.
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Athletic socks and pumps add a funky twist to any outfit.
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You can wear sweatpants out of the house without looking sloppy. Just pair them with a tailored coat.
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Reds and pinks play well together against black and white.
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Army green is a new basic color worth an investment.
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There's no wrong way to wear black and white stripes.
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A long jacket creates an exaggerated shape that gives a suit some extra edge. Oh, and a super-bright color doesn't hurt either.
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Cool beanie alternative: a backward cap (paired with a red lip).
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These oversized glasses bring out the chic four six-eyes in all of us. The huge shape was everywhere on the runways, and it can really polish off a look.
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Balance out a super-feminine skirt with knock-around loafers and an everyday cable knit.
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Oxblood: It's baaaaaack! And, it makes a jeans-and-booties outfit that much more chic.
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Blue really is the warmest color when you mix hues, prints, and fabrics.
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Be comfortable in combat boots! Pair them with printed pants and a comfy coat for a street-style-approved ensemble.
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A strong suit isn't just a matching blazer and trousers. Pick three staples in different neutral colors for a polished statement outfit that doesn't try too hard.
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Polka dots! And, milk-carton bags! This creative outfit works because the silhouette is super classic. Pair an A-line skirt with a ladylike coat and pumps, and you can play up the rest.
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The new army accepts patches of all kinds.
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What did we say about matching?
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Don't be afraid to go oversized with your outerwear and your skirt.
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A strong lip (and a mean-muggin' pose) make this anorak super fierce.
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Charcoal gray is a beautiful neutral and allows even the simplest pop of color to stand out.
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Flower power in more ways than one!
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This is one classic look that's kept edgy with trouser socks and the perfect oxford. We'll definitely be copying this.
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If you're just dipping your toes into the dress-over-pants look, try a textured tunic on top of black jeans.
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Sheers don't always have to come in one color! Look for them in prints, too.
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Here's proof that a blanket coat (or blanket scarf!) can finish off an outfit — comfortably.
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Calling all camel lovers! Shorter jackets can be belted, too, for a more utilitarian vibe.
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We love these super-feminine pleats with the sporty trainers. Major props for that color coordination, too!
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Not exactly sure what that cartoon guy is up to, but he's certainly a cheeky addition to an otherwise super-traditional jacket.
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Slit skirts can feel hard to pull off. Try them with a boxy blazer and tall boots.
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Susie Bubble's artistic jacket is downplayed by boyfriend jeans and flats. It's easy to pull off but still super striking.
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Our own EIC shows us how to wear black and white with a pop of Robert Clergerie silver on the heels.
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Patches everywhere! We dig the idea of sewn-up denim for the weekend or, you know, Fashion Week.
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A strong turtleneck goes a long way and sharpens up even the simplest outfit.
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Investing in a pair of simple, black mules is a must for spring.
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The citrus juice is worth the squeeze! Work in lemon and lime colors in light staples.
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Jussssst hangin' around. White trainers were a major street-style trend, and they pair well with fancy pants.
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This varsity jacket has serious bite! But, it could be replicated with — you guessed it — patches!
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And, for the grand finale: jeans and a cape that really get each other. The topper dresses up the pants while keeping that denim cool intact.
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