Pre-Instagram we might’ve had to rely on fashion week for our street style round-ups, but when it comes to experiencing global style in 2018, we’re spoilt for choice. Not only does social media allow us to see the #OOTDs of women on every continent at a click of a button, but it also gives us a chance to reassess the sartorial tropes that have developed around certain countries.

One of the most well-worn fashion stereotypes has to be that of the ‘French girl‘—cue expensive basics, Breton tops, silk shirts and tasteful yet subdued occasion-wear—all of which are embodied by the likes of Carine Roitfeld and Emanuelle Alt. While there are many who still love the traditional, paired-back aesthetic, Instagram proves that it is no longer representative of the average fashion-loving Parisienne, with influencers such as Ellie from Slip into Style and Syana Laniyan bringing a more avant garde and experimental approach to the table. “Parisian women don’t shy away from a funky touch,” says Ellie. “We love a statement shoe, an extravagant piece of costume jewellery, a flashy print or one piece that will make heads turn.” 

To get a better sense of what ‘classic French style’ looks like in 2018, we scoured the feeds of our favourite Gallic girls and created 6 golden rules for recreating their look. From funky knits to souped-up mini skirts, scroll down to see what it takes to nail classic French style now—it’s not what you think.

Style Notes: Camille Charriere knows the power of good basics, but also knows that they’ll look so much better when elevated. Kick your blazer into 2018 with a wide, waist-cinching belt. 
Style Notes: Forget minimalist basics because Ellie from Slip into Style is here to throw-out the French fashion rule book with this double denim, double jacket ensemble. 
Style Notes: While the rest of the fashion crowd are trading in their minis for midis, French girls are still championing the ’60s skirt. Sabina Socol shows us how it’s done: Make it belted and printed and pair with sheer tights and a crew neck knit.
Style Notes: Clearly it’s not just us Brits that love a nerdy jumper. Jeanne Damas is proof that even the most traditionally Parisian dresser can enjoy the ‘ugly-chic’ aesthetic—the secret is to pair with figure-flattering, high waisted jeans and ankle boots. 
Style Notes: High-low styling is a key characteristic of modern French girl style. Case in point: A tailored suit is one of our most-loved forever pieces, but Syana Laniyan knows that adding sneakers will make a two-piece feel more modern. 
Style Notes: After Marissa Cox told us to treat leopard print ‘like a neutral’ we knew she was onto something. We’ve seen so many French girl embracing animal print recently: From coats and trousers to shoes and shirts. So long neutral colour-blocking, hello maximalist heaven.

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