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From Brigitte Bardot to Marion Cotillard, there's just something about stylish French women that is so easily enviable. Whether it's their nonchalant attitude or their ability to make a white tee and jeans look like a runway-worthy look, they serve a steady stream of style inspiration.

So how do you work that Parisian ethos into your British life? A good place to start is with a classic French perfume like Chloe's Signature Eau de Parfum. After that, it's all about classic staples, statement stunners and confidence for days.

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For even more guidance, we asked a few of our favourite French influencers to share their inner secrets...

KEEP IT CASUAL

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'First, get that indigo right. French women know how to source the perfect shade of blues for jeans, and the perfect fit.

'Next, it’s all about strong statement pieces: the biker jacket (we call it the “perfecto", see why?), the blazer, the brogues. Then throw them together like you don’t care. Don’t forget the statement bag. Hold it carelessly - how French do you look now?

'But finally: Scrap the whole thing! Did you really think you can tell a French woman what to wear and how to wear it? Your rules!'

- Frédérique Harrel,


DON'T OVERDO IT

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'In my opinion, the most important thing is to feel feminine and sexy while remaining very elegant. A good pair of jeans, a well-cut shirt, a two-piece suit, a nice trench coat and a Prince of Walls jacket are all essentials for me.

'The composition of an outfit, even very cool, should remain chic. Adding just one detail can make the difference. All this can be summed up in three words: less is more.'

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- Leia Sfez,


LOOK TO MODERN INFLUENCES

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'French women are creatures of habit when it comes to style. They know what fits their body and makes them look good and they will go to these pieces over and over again. I love to wear a simple T-shirt and a high-street skirt because it’s not about the price tag, but about the right fit, the right cut, the right feel.

'French style does revolve around classic pieces and neutral colour palettes but in the past decade, with the advent of Instagram and other forms of social media, French style has been opening up to other influences, whether they be Scandinavian or African. The Parisian woman today is a modern woman who is well-travelled and broad minded and not afraid to experiment with style or, in many instances for French women like myself, embrace her multicultural origins.'

- Ellie,

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