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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.
In her bookВ How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are, Caroline shared, вЂњYou 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.вЂќCollage Vintage
Caroline told Harper's Bazaar, вЂњFashion 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.вЂќStyle du Monde
In How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are, Caroline writes, вЂњThe Parisian never gives too much away. When it comes to revealing herself, she follows one golden rule: Less is definitely more.вЂќ
She told Bella Blissett for You Magazine, вЂњNowadays, we want to be effortless-but looking effortless takes effort! So we weave a story-create an illusion of effortlessness.вЂќCollage Vintage
вЂњA smoking jacket, jeans, and a white T-shirt are items every woman must have,вЂќ Caroline writes inВ How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are.Style du Monde
In an interview for InStyle Caroline shared, вЂњHowever 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.вЂќ
Caroline told Harper's Bazaar, вЂњParisian 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.вЂќ
Shop Pieces Inspired By Caroline's StyleBurberry Cashmere Turtleneck Sweater $720Shop
A neutral turtleneck is a must-have.Le Specs Air Heart Cat-Eye Acetate and Gold-Tone Sunglasses $65Shop
Oversize glasses are an effortlessВ accessory to add to your look.
Elongate your legs with these trousers and a pair of high heels.Ganni Sabine Bow Slingback Pumps $280Shop
These go with everything.Everlane The Cashmere V-Neck $120Shop
Never underestimate the power of a basic V-neck sweater.Ganni Pattern Wool Coat $540Shop
This chic long coat is the perfect addition to a simple wardrobe.Clare V. Flore Woven Bag $275Shop
This feminine shape is so elegant.Mackage Felicia Trench Coat $590Shop
You can't call your style French without a trench coat.ATM Anthony Thomas Melillo Striped Ribbed Stretch-Micro Modal Top $175Shop
Stripes are a staple in every French girl's closet.Hunting Season Mini Lizard Tote $1595Shop
Try this classic style.Frame Le Sylvie High-Rise Slim-Leg Jeans $275Shop
Jeans that fit just right are a worthy investment.Roger Vivier Flower Strass Crystal-Embellished Silk-Satin Sock Boots $2095Shop
Put a fresh twist on black ankle boots with a chic buckle detail.Topshop PETITE Stripe PJ Style Shirt $68Shop
Tuck this into a pair of skinny trousers for an effortless office look.Loewe Gate Small Leather Shoulder Bag $2290Shop
A minimal shoulder bag makes day-to-night dressing simple.
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This post originally appeared on our sister site Who What Wear.