6 Golden Rules to French Girl Style… That You Don’t Know Yet
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.