To help us decode the method, let's take a look at a few of the oft-mentioned French style icons.
Ines de la Fressange is a former Chanel muse. She is rarely seen wearing dresses or skirts, is almost always in flats, and her outfits typically contain a mix of neutrals.
The darling of Paris street style, Garance Dore, doesn't stray too far from this formula. While occasionally pictured in skirts or heels, she stays true to neutrals and relaxed silhouettes.
Is this a style we can emulate? We're not fashion editors, after all. Pick out the parts that appeal to you and apply them to your wardrobe. In my case that means sticking with lots of neutral basics that can be punctuated with color if I like, and a focus on accessories such as belts and scarves. How much easier is it to get dressed in the morning when everything in your closet goes with everything else? Perhaps French women have discovered that they can spend their time on other things when deciding what to wear for the day is a snap.
Style resolutions part two will be editing the closet. We can't dress like French women until we get the wardrobe monster under control!