7 Secrets to Dressing Like the World's Chicest Women

Your ultimate style icon is your mother.

And yes, it's a totally normal—nay, brilliant—thing to dress similarly or even in the same outfit as your maman. Great style and wardrobe classics never fade, so why can't you wear them now and in four decades' time? It girl Jeanne Damas proved the point recently, snapping herself alongside her mother, both wearing the same blue ribbed tee (from her collection on Rouje) and high-waisted jeans.

Whenever possible, bare your legs.

Maybe all French girls are blessed with excellent pins like Ellie from Slip Into Style, or perhaps they just know exactly how to play out a slashed-to-there hemline and not look overdone. We love the flirty, casual ratio of a marl tee and flats with a revealing skirt.

Only wear heels that you can walk in.

As any well put-together French maven will tell you, there's nothing less attractive than hobbling around in high heels. It's all about looking cool and breezy. It's no wonder many French girls (like influencer Anne-Laure Mais of Adenorah) turn to classic brands for classic pieces. For example, Karl Lagerfeld never produced sky-high stilettos at Chanel—just clever ones like the toe-cap mules you can slip on and off and last in all day. Anne-Laure's simple two-strap sandals are actually from her own brand, Musier Paris.

Tailoring is the source of all greatness.

No self-respecting French girl would consider their wardrobe complete without a blazer (or 10). They are the beautifully tailored glue that holds all looks together.

Subtly define your waist at all times.

We're not talking about waist-cinching of the extreme variety, but French women always make sure that their figure is in some way in check—even when wearing loose-fitting clothes. Blogger Aria Di Bari has is just right here with her belted tunic over wide-leg trousers. So chic, uh.

Never be afraid of wearing something flirty.

Anne-Laure Mais has a similar approach to Carine Roitfeld when it comes to sultry dressing: It's all about a 50/50 ratio. Yes, you can see she's wearing a bodiced black dress with a thigh slit (with no bra, in true Français fashion), but the rest of her look is dishevelled and relaxed. Walking this line successfully? It's all down to confidence.

Always invest in great outerwear.

From biker jackets to boho suede coats, bombers to blazers, French girls invest a heavy amount of cash into great outerwear. It means that your simple jeans, tees and shirts never have to work hard since the cover-up does all the talking for you. Let's face it: In our climate, you'll get the wear out of a well-chosen piece.

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