French style may be the most coveted in the world, but ironically, it's the easiest to recreate. That's because it's not so much what you're wearing—sometimes a T-shirt and jeans is all you really need—but how you style it. With warm weather upon us, instead of buying a whole new wardrobe, we're stealing the easiest Parisian styling tricks that will make a statement.
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Using your scarf as a shawl
An oversized scarf thrown so elegantly over the shoulder like a shawl yields instant-chic results. On a cool spring day, throw a printed style over a leather jacket like this PFW showgoer.
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Cuffing your jeans
Skinny jeans don't cut it for the French unless they put their own twist on them. Caroline De Maigret merely cuffs hers and suddenly they've got a slim-fit cigarette look that's decidedly more flattering (and sexy!).
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Accessorizing your bag
Parisians never overdo it, which means they're very particular when it comes to accessorizing their accessories. A silk scarf tied around the handle of a bag makes a subtle statement and will give your go-to purse new life.
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Draping your jacket
In the spring you've always got to have a jacket in tow. You can transform any look with ease simply by wearing your topper on your shoulders—just make sure you can saunter around comfortably.
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Tucking your scarf into your belt
Combining our beloved skinny belt and oversized scarf, this look is layering at it's most innovative.
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Creating a neckerchief
Yes, the French remind us daily that there are a million ways to style a scarf, but among our favorites is wearing it tied delicately around the neck. It's easy enough to tie, elongates the neck, and is totally retro-cool.
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Topping it all off with a straw hat
You don't have to be sunning in the south of France to wear a straw hat. In fact, the topper goes with just about everything (especially a T-shirt and jeans), protects your face from the sun, and will help keep the frizz at bay. A boater style is quintessentially French, btw.
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Layering a crop top
A cropped tank top and button-up blouse may be an unlikely pairing, but it's easy enough to throw 'em together as displayed by this chic streetgoer. The key is to mix structure with breeziness.
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Tucking your shirt
A button-up is to French fashion what a baguette is to French food, but it's all in how you wear it. Inject your outfit with that Parisian insouciance by tucking one side of your shirt into your high-waisted pants.
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Wearing a skinny belt
In a neutral shade like light brown, an ultra-skinny belt can thrown over anything and will cinch you waist in the process. We especially love it over a shirt dress, which is always a perennial favorite of the French.
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