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Left Bank Ingenue Style

There’s a reason why Left Bank chic inevitably comes to mind whenever you think of Paris. The quintessence of French fashion resides in this creative quarter that has traditionally been home to artists, writers and philosophers.

The Left Bank (or La Rive Gauche, as the locals call it) has bred a unique kind of fashionable woman whose style is at once classic and cutting-edge, obvious in her artfully dishevelled hair, perfectly smudged eyeliner and chic Chanel minidress tempered with a pair of edgy Saint Laurent boots. 



This stylish trailblazing attitude is best reflected in model, Chanel muse and street-style star Caroline de Maigret. Her blase sartorial choices, at once precious and undone, adds a certain je nais se quoi to everything she wears. Here, the secrets to pulling off the enviable Left Bank style.  

1. Mix unexpected elements.

Lace and leather? Sure. Slip dresses under trenchcoats? Yes, please. The Left Bank look is all about throwing together two opposing style themes to create your own. Example: A classic coat over a pretty lace slip, teamed with a timeless top-handle bag.  

2. Make a statement with your accessories.

Think a leopard-print clutch from Givenchy, bright red pumps from Saint Laurent, and irreverent necklaces and earrings such as those seen at the Loewe Fall/Winter 2016 show. Anything big and bold goes, as long as it makes a visual impact and is a contrast to your outfit. In fact, the bolder, the better.  


3. Just have fun!

There’s nothing more un-French than putting too much thought into your outfit. Go with unstudied, stick to uncomplicated classics in a monochrome palette, and pile on any number of precious accessories.



Kenneth Goh, editor-in-chief at Harper’s BAZAAR Singapore

Runway photos: Courtesy of Chanel, Givenchy, Loewe and Louis Vuitton

Photo of Caroline de Maigret: Courtesy of Chanel/Lea Colombo