The French singer-turned-actress Charlotte Gainsbourg is widely proclaimed to be the muse of many fashion and film houses alike. She is a defining figure in the genre of minimalist Paris fashion, and her look has been widely sought after by her contemporaries in the style industry. To get the Gainsbourg look, it’s important to know a thing or two about minimal fashion, and how to incorporate the art of matching basics to create an ultra “in” look that is an effortless mix of upscale grunge and laid-back chic.The first thing to keep in mind when re-creating this minimalist Paris fashion trend is that less is always more. Colors and prints are subdued, and focus is brought to the silhouette. To complete your minimalist look from head to toe, opt for a Parisian classic: tousled hair, a touch of mascara and your favorite lipstick. Typically steering clear of skinny jeans, with exceptions of course, Charlotte rocks the looser-fitting trousers, radiating the tomboy androgynous but stylish element reflected within minimalist fashion. Pair a solid-colored kitten heel with your favorite around-the-house wide-leg distressed denim trousers, and roll them at the ankle for a look that is effortlessly chic and very now. Take this look a step further with a fashionable tuxedo jacket or slim-cut blazer. Take your ensemble on the go with a fedora hat, your favorite pair of dark shades and a handheld envelope clutch. Channeling Charlotte is easier than ever, and with most of the pieces already in your closet (or your husband’s!), this Paris fashion look is at your fingertips.
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