Are you as obsessed with French style as much as we are? From the ingeniously concise ways these girls craft capsule wardrobes to our newfound love for their country’s first ever online-only label, Sézane, it’s not just the lofty runways of Paris Fashion Week that fascinate us.
The French fashion crew may not get as heavily street style snapped as, say, the Italians, but that’s because their outfits aren’t outré and are rarely lens-attracting. But that doesn’t mean they’re any lesser in terms of real-life impact. These ladies are subtle, classic and often wearing the very same outfit they wore last week and the week before that… And the week before that. They’re the kind of women we aim to dress like more often—chic but not try-hard, casual but somehow smart, trendy but never slavish to trends.
So of course you know styling gurus like Carine Roitfeld already, but what of some of other sartorial luminaries that fly un petit peu under the radar? Scroll down to see the French fillies whose wardrobes we’d like to raid—then shop for sophisticated buys to match them.
Who: Caroline de Maigret
What: Model, muse, musician, generally cool human being
Wear: Caroline wears the hell outta trousers. She’s often snapped in a tailored suit, but these Fendi leather pants caught our eye—who would’ve thought to pair them with a romantic blouse?
Who: Aymeline Valade
What: Model, actress, Saint Laurent girl and our ice-blond hair icon
Wear: Aymeline brings a smidgen of rock chic to every look—even in a smart Dior ensemble like this. Note the swept back hair, stacks of jewellery and rolled-up cuffs.