How to Get Brigitte Macron’s Effortlessly Chic French Style

The French woman is often considered the epitome of chic — and perhaps no one embraces the style ethos of “la république” more than its first lady, Brigitte Macron.

French fashion is revered for being elegant and understated, with the just the right amount of je ne sais quoi. The style is rooted in practicality, focusing on sharply tailored, classic pieces rather than on the biggest trends of the day. In Macron’s wardrobe, this generally translates into layered looks and often features styles from her favorite fashion house, Louis Vuitton.

While there’s no doubt that a wardrobe filled with Vuitton is pricey, achieving a similar look doesn’t have to be a budget buster. Below, see how to emulate Macron’s chic style sensibility without spending a fortune.

Go monochrome in layers

Monochromatic outfits are one of the oldest tricks in the book for looking instantly put together without spending a ton of time getting ready. To emulate Macron, wear a tailored ensemble all in one hue for a streamlined, powerful look that also seems effortless.

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Brigitte Macron in head-to-toe blue.
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Elevate an LBD

A little black dress is a wardrobe staple, but it certainly doesn’t have to feel predictable. The French way is to add one statement item to elevate an understated ensemble. Take cues from Macron in a simple LBD teamed with standout heels, as she did with this red pair with PVC accents.

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Brigitte Macron in a little black dress and red heels.
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Pollini red pumps

Try a skinny jean

Mom jeans may be the fad these days, but French women like to stick with the classics. Macron is a fan of the skinny jean and she elevates it with smart coats and heeled footwear. For instance, she paired a powder blue coat and brown suede boots on a trip to Normandy in the fall.

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Brigitte Macron in a powder blue coat and skinny jeans.
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Give a pantsuit some edge

The pantsuit is a staple of French fashion, but Macron endows hers with flair via stylish footwear — even while using a black-and-white color palette. Look no further than the time the former schoolteacher teamed her black suit with studded black platform boots with lug soles. It was a little bit business, a little bit rock ‘n’ roll.

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Choose a fun boot

Come winter, you won’t find French women turning blue from the cold. Instead, they combat the chill in shiver-proof layers. Case in point: Macron’s knee-length coat, jeans and zip-front boots, all in black. She added a splash of blue with her leather gloves and knit scarf. “C’est très chic.”

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Brigitte Macron pairs skinny jeans with zip-front boots.
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Blue Scarf

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