7 Tips for Effortless French Style

Effortless style is not often intuitive, but when done right, it is the pinnacle of French fashion. Here are 7 tips from my favorite Parisian fashion guru, Ines de la Fressange:

1. Team Your Old Worn Out Denim With a Silk Blouse

“The idea is to look as if the luxury item – the silk blouse – has been slipped on almost by accident. Appearing to try to hard is very uncool.” – Ines de la Fressange


2. Hunt For Vintage Men’s Scarves and Wear Them With Everything

The Goodwill is often a great starting place for some effortlessly chic items.

3. Roll the Sleeves of Your Cotton Shirt Back Loosely Over Your Sweater

“The ultimate casual chic statement!” – Ines

4. Mix Couture and Street Wear

Try tailored pants with a T-shirt or ripped jeans with a silk blouse. Again, the idea here is make the luxury item seem effortless and elevate the street wear by association.

5. Shop at the H&M Men’s Department

These pieces provide great balance to more feminine items.

6. Cinch and Tie Excess

Pull in excess fabric around your middle with a well-worn men’s belt and tie excess length in a loose knot.

7. Mix Tight and Loose

If you’re wearing a tight-fitting top, opt for a looser fitting bottom. If you’re wearing tight trousers, opt for a more billowy top.


The above ideas were lifted from Parisian Chic, by Ines de la Fressnage. Images and explanations added by me.

How do you make your outfits “effortlessly chic”? Have you tried any of Ines’ tricks? Let me know in the comments!

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  1. L.S. says:

    First and foremost, how do I look lean and long like them girls? :-Þ

    • emilygrossman says:

      That’s a great question for another blog post!

      But here’s the short answer: barring adopting the French diet and lifestyle (which I can go into later, too), a long and lean look can be achieved by wearing dark, fitted bottoms (preferably black, if you notice the ladies above) with a slightly oversized top. Heels also help elongate your legs, and vertical accents ( like the center-seam on the first top, and the V-neck on the second top) draw the eyes up and down, elongating your body.

      Hope that helps!

  2. Lulu says:

    those shoes the girl in the last picture is wearing, what are they called? I searched for short leather boots but got nothing like those

  3. Anon25 says:

    I very much dress like a french girl. I wear basics and I dress very classicly (that is a word for this post), but I do wear tight bottoms and tight tops. I think depending on the cut of the shirt and the fabric it can work. I like to wear bubble tops (tops that bubble at the bottom just like a bubble dress). For my frame, which is athletic, wearing loose bottoms is a no go because because it makes me look super rectangular. I have some shape and that is why I go for the tight on the top and tight on the bottom because it lets me show my figure and doesn’t make me look blocky.

    Any suggestions on this would also be helpful.


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