13 Slimming Style Rules Almost Every French Girl Follows

It’s no secret that there’s a certain je ne sais quoi when it comes to French girl style. It’s polished yet effortless. Classic yet cool. And it always seems to highlight a figure in just the right way. There’s a reason why it’s one of the main styles we’re always taking inspiration from. From Jeanne Damas to Anne-Laure Mais of Adenorah, the elegant-meets-badass style that’s unequivocally French has been the source of numerous double-taps and outfit pinnings for years. So who better to illustrate Parisian slimming styling secrets than the French trendsetters themselves? Equip yourself with these need-to-know tricks, and you’ll be perfectly poised for your own street style moment.

We’re spilling their secrets. From dresses, to pantsuits, wide-leg jeans, and more, there’s a simple way to help your wardrobe get one step closer to Parisian. Keep reading to find out the 13 slimming style tips almost every French girl follows.

Not only does cinching your outfit at the waist define your figure, but it also adds a chic accessory to your look giving it an instant upgrade. On Camille Charriere: See by Chloé dress; Acne Studios belt; Jimmy Choo Anouk Suede Pumps ($575).
Vertical stripes create an illusion of length. Whether you’re tall, short, or somewhere in between, you can never go wrong with a little elongation to help you stand out. On Kenza Sadoun: Emanuel Ungaro Striped Blazer ($1505) in Navy/Nude, Striped High Waisted Trousers ($729) in Navy/Nude, and belt; Adidas Originals Superstar Sneaker ($80).
There’s a reason trench coats are the go-to jacket for French girls. These slimming coats are the perfect extra layer for a chic yet elegant look. On Caroline de Maigret: AMI jacket; Charlotte Chesnais Horn Gold-Plated and Silver Necklace ($1240); T by Alexander Wang Linen T-Shirt ($146).
The volume of the pant leg balances out the width of your hips, making you look taller and thinner. Plus, they’re so chic. On Sarah Nait: April77 T-shirt; & Other Stories Tailored Flare Trousers ($) ($63).
Not only does a mini skirt elongate your legs, but a wrap skirt in particular adds another dimension by drawing attention to your curves and waist. On Anne-Laure Mais: ASOS skirt and sandals.
This little trick will make your legs look longer and leaner, especially if you wear heeled booties. On Jeanne Damas: LaContrie Burgundy Calf Leather Cross Body Bag ($850).
Adding an accessory to look adds a dynamic dimension to your outfit while also being flattering. On Adeline Rapon: ASOS scarf; Monki Super Stretch Washed Jeans ($51); Topshop booties.
This trick will make your lower half appear longer than your upper, giving you the long legs you’ve always wanted. On Labériane Ponton: Louis Vuitton Twist MM Bag ($3550).
Wearing one color is super elongating while remaining elegant. Try an all black or all white look for an extra slimming effect. On Denni Elias: Dior Technos Sunglasses ($560); Ports 1961 top; Seafarer jeans; Alaïa sandals.
Want to get the most out of your shoe? Try a pair in nude. On Anne-Laure Mais: Vintage Saint Laurent blazer; Levi’s jeans.
This fresh take on the mini skirt is the easiest way to show off your legs while remaining on-trend.  On Sarah Nait: Joseph coat; T by Alexander Wang T-shirt; Ivy Revel Saline Skirt ($68); Alexander Wang boots.
This silhouette helps draw attention to your hips while staying covered up. Classic and elegant, you can’t go wrong with a pencil skirt for your figure. On Sarah Nait: Tommy Hilfiger sunglasses.
These cutouts leave something to the imagination while still showing off your body in a subtle, but flattering way.  On Vivi Courtin: Mugler dress; Edie Parker Jean Solid Clutch ($895).

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This article was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated by Emily Greenberg.

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