What Precisely Is French-Lady Type? three Parisians Weigh In

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Photo courtesy of Sandra Semburg

Aside from striped tops and sexy messed up hair, it’s a bit difficult to define the typical French girl look without relying on clichés. So we reached out to the experts – three iconic Parisian women you probably know from your feed – and asked them to tell us in their own words what the French style is for them.

CAROLINE
DE MAIGRET

Model, music producer, Chanel Muse

“For me, it’s about finding some great statement pieces that define your personality and make you feel best,” offers the woman who wrote How to be Parisian wherever you are. (Her follow-up book, Older But Better But Older – a collection of jokes about the pros and cons of aging – is just as brilliant.) “Then you wear them over and over and mix them up with the basics. Call it French style if you wish! “

GAIA REPOSSI

Artist through training, jewelry designer, creative director of Repossi

“French style means natural sophistication with a touch of rawness,” says Repossi simply. As the daughter of master jeweler Alberto Repossi, she submitted her first design to the family business at the age of nineteen and rebelliously insisted on styling a diamond necklace with a simple T-shirt – a high-low aesthetic that was ahead of her time and one that she stuck with til today.

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CAMILLE CHARRIÈRE

Writer and broadcaster

“My favorite food in terms of the way French women dress is that it’s never really trendy,” explains the London-based Parisian. “We know what suits us (or we definitely try to figure it out as we progress through the stages of femininity) and we repeat outfits without being ashamed of ourselves.” The must-haves: great jeans, a logo-free pocket and something on your lips.