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Today’s ensemble feels somewhat Parisian-inspired — or it did at the time, when I wore it in the days leading up to a semi-spontaneous trip to the City of Light.

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I learned a lot about that coveted French girl style in the few days I spent in Paris, though, which I thought we could chat about today.

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First off, let’s just face the facts — French women pretty much do everything better. Don’t you agree?

For the most part, they dress primarily in a sophisticated palette of neutrals — black, white, nude, navy and beige — with the occasional pop of color through an accessory or patterned scarf.

(This is a style MO I’ve been taking on myself, and I must say… It makes mixing and matching your closet pretty effortless.)

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A big part of why French gals get it right — every single time, it seems — is that they tend to invest in their wardrobes rather than buy into seasonal trends.

Admittedly, I should probably get better about this… I’m a total sucker for, say, a good pair of furry shoes, as you might know. But you can never go wrong with timeless, well-cut and classic.

(That’s how I feel about Cuyana, by the way — the handbag brand I’m carrying. I love their stuff and am constantly gifting it to friends and family each holiday. The leather travel and cosmetic bags are a great affordable option.)

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As you’ll know if you’ve ever had the opportunity to people-watch around the city of Paris, French women dress for themselves. Plain and simple. I love that.

Whether it’s an oversized sweater or tattered pair of their favorite flats, they simply aim to feel good and end up looking superfresh and flawless as a result.

No f*cks to give — that’s my kinda fashion.

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Above all else, the easiest, quickest way to emanate that French girl style is to find your perfect red lip. Really, that’s all it takes to elevate your outfit — whether it’s day-to-night or just for a mid-day lunch date.

My go-to’s for fall the past few years has been NARS lip pencils: satin ‘Palais Royale‘ (worn here in today’s post) and matte ‘Damned.’

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… A cute jacket would help to have in-tow, too. It’s that time of year when you leave in the morning and you’re freezing, but come mid-afternoon you’re sweating your ass off.

I’ve got my favorite fall moto jacket with me most days as of late, and I love that it looks just as cute styled around the waist as it does when worn. (I have it in two colors — got it last season and absolutely love it! As an FYI, it’s 15% off with e-mail sign-up.)

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This week continues to fly right on by… Bonne journée, mademoiselles!

*In this post:

Clothing

Burgundy sweater: Halogen (under $100, v-neck version here)
Leather skirt: ANYI Zarre (similar version under $80 here)
Cognac moto jacket: Azalea SF (I also have it in black; 15% off with email sign up)
Oversized bucket bag: c/o Cuyana (comes in two other colors)
Booties: ALDO (old, similar here)
Felt hat: Otte New York (similar here under $30)

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Beauty

Foundation: bareMinerals Complexion Rescue in ‘Beige Natural’
Lip color: NARS satin lip pencil in ‘Palais Royale
Nail polish: Essie ‘Gel Couture’ polish in ‘Rock the Runway
Mascara: bareMinerals

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