The 10 women on this list are living, breathing, Instagramming proof of the fact that the term ‘fashion week’ means more to Parisians than a frenzy of shows and after-parties six times a year: it’s a way of life. No matter your look, be it effortless cool, full-on va-va-voom or something in between, you’ll find someone below to keep an eye on for ideas on how to stand out from the fashionable crowd. For even more inspiration, be sure to check out our favorite style blogs.
The queen of the French cool girls, Caroline de Maigret is a music producer, model and co-author of the book How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are, the bible for women everywhere looking to transport their wardrobes, if not themselves, to the fashion capital of the world. Her relaxed look blends elements of menswear with a subtle sex appeal that is oh-so-French. She also has a wicked sense of humor, which comes across in some of her unabashedly kooky pictures.
If Maigret is the queen of the French Instagram fashion world, then Jeanne Damas is its princess, the girl next door who might also just be the chicest thing on two legs. Besides a rigorous lesson in the essentials of dressing like a true Parisian, her account offers a sneak peak into the life of a bonafide 21st-century ‘It’ Girl: cool friends, cute boys, magazine covers, glamorous holidays and great cats. She also runs a successful blog if you just can’t get enough.
Maybe it’s the trademark leather boots, maybe it’s the tastefully revealed tattoos, or maybe it’s just the overall impression of someone so composed and confident in their own unique brand of style, but there’s something of the latent rock star in Adeline Rapon. This blogger, jeweler and amateur photographer also frequently collaborates with Louise Pando, another big hit on the Parisian fashion scene.
When Denni Elias isn’t in her hometowns of Paris or New York – because living in just one of the world’s greatest cities is so last year – she’s off exploring the most luxurious corners of the globe. She is big on glamor, and the thoughtfully staged images she presents on her Instagram look like they have been snipped out of a high-end fashion magazine. But then again, a degree from Parsons will give a girl that kind of impeccable attention to detail.
Camille Charriere might have quit the City of Lights for life in London, but she has left behind none of her Parisian taste and style sensibility. A long-time blogger, she has crafted her minimalist yet inventive look to absolute perfection. She also has a great eye for art and fashion photography, so there’s more to look at on her Instagram than just amazing clothes and the high points of a fashion A-lister’s day.
There is a way to embrace the best of retro and yet create an entirely fresh, modern look, and somehow Anne-Laure has figured it out. She’s like a French Farrah Fawcett for the digital age. High-waisted denims, micro minis and the right pair of sunglasses are definitely somewhere in the mix, but for the exact recipe for this enviable style cocktail, you’ll have to study this stylist and fashion editor’s Instagram yourself.
Jay-Z may have made the Yankee hat more famous than a Yankee can, but Typhaine Agusto is right there with him doing her bit for the cause: never too far from the frame is her beloved baseball cap. From the neck down, her look is a quirky brand of hipster athleisure that she is constantly finding ways to reinvent. An inspired multitasker, she is also a stylist, photographer and DJ.
Inspired initially by Japanese fashion, Slanelle’s Instagram account looks like the aftermath of an explosion at a bubblegum factory: bright pinks and blues everywhere your eye settles, surprisingly successful combinations that could never have been discovered any other way than by being thrown together, and an abiding sense of fun in the apparent chaos. You can also check out her YouTube channel where she gives expert tutorials on all things from nail art to hairdos.
The combination of Sarah Nait’s own photography—some of it obviously fashion-oriented and the rest like stills from an arthouse documentary—contemporary abstract art, vintage snapshots, and design are captivating. It’s a genuine example of visual journaling, a cut well above the typical online scrapbook.
Caroline may soon be leaving the world of fashion Instagramming when she qualifies as a dentist, but for the past few years she has been keeping everyone entertained, and better dressed, with her style blog. She’s a real shapeshifter, forever trying out and pulling off bright new looks that combine designer and high-street labels. However, she always remains true to her feminine sophistication.