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I always adore how French women (especially Parisians) dress up, the elusive style of la femme française – classic and effortless, elegant and subtle, stylish and chic. They always have this sense of simplicity and minimalism, that chic sartorial air about themselves.  I often wonder how do they manage to look so elegant and refined even in a t-shirt and jeans? 

To master the style of French women I have come up with the following tips:

French women are always feminine. This doesn't mean that they always have to wear a little black dress or a mini skirt. It simply means that every day they embrace their femininity.

 "A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous." - Coco Chanel

French women never play humble. They look good because they believe in themselves as being the most stylish and elegant women in the world!!  (Yes, It’s a touch of arrogance but it definitely works!)

 "Arrogance is in everything I do. It is in my gestures, the harshness of my voice, in the glow of my gaze, in my sinewy, tormented face." - Coco Chanel

French women always buy quality clothing and accessories. French women don't wear dowdy clothing, they don’t wear cheap fabric and they prefer stylish classics over faddish styles. They always invest in a great leather bag and a classic coat!

"Dress shabbily and they remember the dress;
dress impeccably and they remember the woman."  - Coco Chanel

French women always stay well-groomed. They do not leave the house sloppy. Good grooming is the basis of always appearing impeccable and chic; it guarantees that a plain woman can look beautiful.

 "A woman who doesn't wear perfume has no future." - Coco Chanel

French women are always in good posture. They know how to carry themselves well. They don't slouch, drag their feet or try to hide their height. They always stand tall and walk properly and confidently.

"You live but once; you might as well be amusing."  - Coco Chanel

French women don't smile unless they mean it. They may come off as rude, but it's simply their culture. A French woman will only smile when she truly means it, and when there is truly something to smile about.

 "I don't care what you think about me. I don't think about you at all!"
 - Coco Chanel

French women are renowned for staying slim. To look French, you'll need to perfect this too. Find an eating regime that works for you and keeps you fit and healthy, as well as slim. (Read the book French Women Don't Get Fat by Mireille Guiliano for more tips on this aspect!)

  "A girl should be two things: who and what she wants."  - Coco Chanel

Lastly, French women age gracefully. Do your best to do so too and on the whole, avoid Botox and plastic surgery – most French women don't use these but rely on good nutrition, exercise and joie de vivre instead.

 "My life didn't please me, so I created my life." - Coco Chanel

I hope you enjoy reading this as much as I enjoyed writing it! (Vintage photos of the iconic COCO CHANEL from google.)

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