There’s certainly a sense of irony in putting together a guide to French girl style. But in the era of ‘Emily in Paris,’ the latest polarising Netflix obsession scorned (and by some, obsessed over) for its clichéd takes on life and style in the city — we thought to set the record straight.

The Parisian brand of effortless chic is intrinsic, not studied or copied. French girls seemingly form a personal relationship with their clothes, one outside of the world of trends and must-haves as dictated by fashion brands. Clothes are for living in, not simply for wearing; it’s easy to do so when your wardrobe is full of timeless pieces.

Through years of thoughtful dressing, French girls just know what makes them look good. Their style rules (and they do have them, despite the shrug of insouciance they may offer) are deceptively simple: Go for a look that’s laid-back but never lazy, clothes that are special but never showy. It’s all in the fit, fabric and fine details, after all. As a new exhibition reveals, the spirit of French couturier Coco Chanel very much lives on in the cobblestoned streets of Paris.

On the flip side, you have ‘Emily in Paris,’ the most recent Netflix show to be hate-watched and hate-discussed. Much ink has been spilled about the titular protagonist (or antagonist, depending on your tolerance for thoughtlessness) and her style choices. An anklet worn around Tabi boots? A blouse with a print of the Eiffel Tower? A plastic raincoat, indoors?

Those looks couldn’t be further from French girl style. So, in an attempt to set the record straight and show you that, au contraire, Parisian chic isn’t all berets and bucket hats, we list the essential pieces that you’ll find in wardrobes of French It-girls past (think Jane Birkin, Françoise Hardy) and present (Jeanne Damas, Caroline de Maigret). We encourage you to mix and match these staples with all the confidence of Emily. Trust us, you’ll look anything but ringarde.

(Header image credit: Emily in Paris/Facebook)

This article was first published on Lifestyle Asia Singapore.

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