How to Dress Like a French Woman: 5 Simple Fashion Hacks

French woman are famously well dressed. But how do they do it?! Here are a couple French fashion tips I’ve picked up over the years (with pics from French bloggers!) that will help you step up your style game and sashay with the best of them.

1. Swap athletic gear for casual chic attire


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Some days you just want to wear something comfortable. And there’s no shame in that! French women are not immune to lazy dressing, they’ve just masted the art of looking effortlessly fashionable.

What’s the secret? You can keep the leggings or swap them out for a pair of boyfriend jeans, but instead of throwing on a t-shirt or sweatshirt, throw on an oversized top or button down. Then swap your running shoes for a more fashion-forward pair of sneakers (Chuck Taylors, for example) and add an accessory or two and voilà! Easy peasy.

2. Add a scarf


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Scarves are not just an accessory in France, they are the accessory. And not just in the winter—all year round. A carefully selected scarf is the perfect way to elevate your outfit with minimal effort. For maximum wearability, choose a scarf with a design or pattern that has a couple of your favorite colors in it so you can mix and match.

3. Tone down the bright colors


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In France people tend to favor a more classic style. If you look around at any given time you’ll notice the color most people are wearing is black. That’s not to say that people never wear color, but when they do it’s generally more muted and woven into their outfit with a mix of neutrals, namely black or grey. If you simply can’t bear to part with your bright-colored clothes, try limiting yourself to one at a time.

4. Throw on some nylons


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French women are nylon wearers. Why? Because they make your legs look stunning. In the summer some women opt out, but in the winter they’re a must—and they must be black. Wearing black nylons in the cooler months is an unspoken rule that (almost) all French women know and abide by.

If you’re a nylon hater, try wearing the kind with shorts on top like these from Target. I personally love how they feel!

5. Go light on the makeup


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Another easy way to Frenchify your look is by toning down your makeup. If you’re someone who doesn’t wear much to begin with, you’re already on the right track! But if you’re an eyeliner and lipstick fanatic, try scaling back and choosing one or the other.

With these 5 fashion hacks you’ll be on your way to achieving that French je ne sais quoi you’re going for. And if anyone has any other French fashion tips to share, feel free to comment below! 🙂

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