Inspired By the Fashion Icons – How to Dress like a French Woman!

coco chanel outfits and styles

So, let’s face it: when it comes to fashion, French women are always the first ones that come to mind.  Mysteriously, the French ladies are famous for their effortlessly chic and classic style. From Coco Chanel to  Brigitte Bardot, Ines De La Fressange to Clemence Poesy, we were and are stunned by those simple yet timeless outfits. How do they manage to do the styles? Well, I am today sharing with you some secrets on French dressing, inspired by those fashion icons.

Coco Chanel

coco chanel styles

It starts with Coco Chanel. But while many remember the icon for her classic suits and penchant for tweed and pearls, they also forget that her taste was revolutionary for women in the 20th century. This getup highlights her sense of daring—mixed prints and textures? How modern! How chic! Just don’t forget the pearls—and your Chanel bag.


brigitte bardot style

The film bombshell, dancer, and songbird inspired an entire generation worldwide. Bardot’s style may have changed over the years from the sweet charm of the ‘50s to the graphic and bold geometrics of the ‘60s; however, she was continually photographed wearing one silhouette in particular: the fit-and-flare dress. This style has hardly gone anywhere (just take a peek at Dior’s most recent show), and for good reason–the classic shape is über-flattering.

Jean Seberg

Jean Seberg style

Although Seberg was actually from small-town Iowa, the actress’ penchant for Breton stripe t-shirts, crisp blouses, and slim trousers came to personify everything cool and sophisticated about Parisian style. If you haven’t seen Breathless, add it to your Netflix queue immediately—you’re in for a world of style inspiration.

Jane Birkin

Jane Birkin boho chic style

Hermes’ renowned Birkin bag is named after the British actress, who captured a free-spirited, bohemian-inspired style in the ‘60s–think: slightly sheer blouses, micro shorts, and flared jeans–that felt decidedly French.

Ines De La Fressange

Ines de la Fressange style

There’s a reason why Francophiles go gaga for de la Fressange: The Uniqlo designer and Chanel muse (and sometimes-model) has made that very French, classic-meets-quirky look her signature. To channel her style savvy, keep the elements (and palette) neutral and tailored, but throw on an unexpected belt, brightly hued scarf, or colorful bag before walking out the door.

vanessa paradis style

Johnny Depp’s former flame has been turning heads all on her own for years with her vampy, slightly goth, very sexy fashion sense—there’s a reason why she’s a Chanel front-row favorite. Favor lace and lingerie-leaning details, add in a sexy heel, and make these three words your beauty mantra: dark red lipstick.

Clemence Poesy

clemence poesy style

The Harry Potter actress and Chloé model balances her ethereal beauty with a casual, comfortable sense of style. Choose menswear-inspired details, oversized sweaters, and throw in some chic accessories—like a wide-brimmed fedora or leather clutch—to finish off the easy look.

So, you ready to go?