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How to Dress Like a French Woman

Condé Nast Traveler Logo By Carin Olsson of Condé Nast Traveler | Slide 1 of 8: After living in Paris for a while, my views on appropriate dressing have drastically changed. Black is now the dominant color in my wardrobe, short and skimpy dresses are long gone, and 90 percent of my shoes are flat—and that pretty much sums up Parisian dressing in a nutshell. While each neighborhood has its own unique style (just like in any other city), there are a few ground rules all French women follow when it comes to dressing for everyday life. Keep it simple and chic, and make it look as though you didn’t spend more than five minutes in front of the mirror getting ready that morning (even though you technically did).

After living in Paris for a while, my views on appropriate dressing have drastically changed. Black is now the dominant color in my wardrobe, short and skimpy dresses are long gone, and 90 percent of my shoes are flat—and that pretty much sums up Parisian dressing in a nutshell. While each neighborhood has its own unique style (just like in any other city), there are a few ground rules all French women follow when it comes to dressing for everyday life. Keep it simple and chic, and make it look as though you didn’t spend more than five minutes in front of the mirror getting ready that morning (even though you technically did).
© Carin Olsson

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