7 Things Everyone Can Learn From This 43-Year-Old French Trendsetter

Updated 05/08/19

Around the world, women look to their counterparts in France as a source of inspiration. It seems that French women have a lesson in effortlessly cool fashion to teach the rest of us. But, sitting at the pinnacle of the Parisians is the model, rocker, and muse Caroline de Maigret. At 43, Caroline’s laid-back yet elegant style is equally inspiring to women at 21 as it is to those at 81. The trendsetter’s style manages to transcend age in part because her approach to dressing is particularly refreshing; she manages to share her unique taste while always keeping things simple.

But don’t just take it from us, it turns out Caroline has some seriously inspiring words on exactly how she developed her rules for dressing. To help highlight her perspective, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite quotes from Caroline over the past years. Each encapsulates exactly what makes her a favorite among fashion’s It crowd, no matter where they live. Continue on to check out her style, and read up on a few of our favorite quotes from Caroline.

French Trendsetter Caroline de Maigret
A Love Is Blind

In her book How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are, Caroline shared, “You don’t have to spend a decade’s worth of salary on your wardrobe or flaunt designer brands the whole time. All you need is one signature item: The one you wear when you need to feel strong.”

French style—Caroline de Maigret
Collage Vintage

Caroline told Harper's Bazaar, “Fashion gets boring to talk about after five minutes, but style is so much more, I can go on about style for hours. Style is everything—culture, your personality, and what you do—that’s what makes style. It’s who you are, and how you want to be perceived by others.”

French look—Caroline de Maigret
Style du Monde

In How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are, Caroline writes, “The Parisian never gives too much away. When it comes to revealing herself, she follows one golden rule: Less is definitely more.”

French street style—Caroline de Maigret
Collage Vintage

She told Bella Blissett for You Magazine, “Nowadays, we want to be effortless—but looking effortless takes effort! So we weave a story—create an illusion of effortlessness.”

French Trendsetter Caroline de Maigret
Collage Vintage

“A smoking jacket, jeans, and a white T-shirt are items every woman must have,” Caroline writes in How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are.

French outfits—Caroline de Maigret
Style du Monde

In an interview for InStyle Caroline shared, “However you choose to present yourself to the world, the most important thing is to make that look your own. That’s the Parisian in me talking.”

French clothing style—Caroline de Maigret
Collage Vintage

Caroline told Harper's Bazaar, “[Parisian women] We’re not that perfect, and it’s okay. In France, we kind of gave up on that whole perfect thing, and it’s interesting to other people.”

Shop Pieces Inspired By Caroline's Style

Burberry Cashmere Turtleneck Sweater
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A neutral turtleneck is a must-have.

Le Specs Air Heart Cat-Eye Acetate and Gold-Tone Sunglasses
Le Specs Air Heart Cat-Eye Acetate and Gold-Tone Sunglasses $65
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Oversize glasses are an effortless accessory to add to your look.

Theory Crepe Wide-Leg Pants
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Elongate your legs with these trousers and a pair of high heels.

Ganni Sabine Bow Slingback Pumps
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These go with everything.

Everlane The Cashmere V-Neck
Everlane The Cashmere V-Neck $120
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Never underestimate the power of a basic V-neck sweater.

Ganni Pattern Wool Coat
Ganni Pattern Wool Coat $540
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This chic long coat is the perfect addition to a simple wardrobe.

Clare V. Flore Woven Bag
Clare V. Flore Woven Bag $275
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This feminine shape is so elegant.

Mackage Felicia Trench Coat
Mackage Felicia Trench Coat $590
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You can't call your style French without a trench coat.

ATM Anthony Thomas Melillo Striped Ribbed Stretch-Micro Modal Top
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Stripes are a staple in every French girl’s closet.

Hunting Season Mini Lizard Tote
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Try this classic style.

Frame Le Sylvie High-Rise Slim-Leg Jeans
Frame Le Sylvie High-Rise Slim-Leg Jeans $275
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Jeans that fit just right are a worthy investment.

Roger Vivier Flower Strass Crystal-Embellished Silk-Satin Sock Boots
Roger Vivier Flower Strass Crystal-Embellished Silk-Satin Sock Boots $2095
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Put a fresh twist on black ankle boots with a chic buckle detail.

Topshop PETITE Stripe PJ Style Shirt
Topshop PETITE Stripe PJ Style Shirt $68
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Tuck this into a pair of skinny trousers for an effortless office look.

Loewe Gate Small Leather Shoulder Bag
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A minimal shoulder bag makes day-to-night dressing simple.

This post originally appeared on our sister site Who What Wear.

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