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Fashion Tips France's New First Lady Could Learn From Carla Bruni

Last weekend the French people elected Socialist candidate Francois Hollande as their new President. By snubbing incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy, they also ousted his wife Carla Bruni-Sarkozy—a total bummer that stretches beyond party lines. It's kinda like when Megan quit Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce on this week's Mad Men; sure, we'll still see her outfits, but not her amazing appropriate-but-not-stuffy professional ones. Blah.

Instead, starting next Monday, May 15, Monsieur Hollande's companion, Valerie Trierweiler, will have to assume Bruni's mantle as France's most stylish political female. Unless, say, Monsieur Hollande hires Mrs. Bruni-Sarkozy as Ambassador of Pretty Navy Sheaths and Tailored Coats.

Click through the slideshow below for a few tips Ms. Trierweiler could steal from Mrs. Bruni-Sarkozy. Though Ms. Trierweiler might not be his wife—and thus can't technically be called a First Lady—it doesn't mean she can't dress like one.

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Off duty in a crisp white button-down, worn-in jeans and patterned flats, she's the ultimate picture of laidback polish.

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Way better than a prom-like updo, Carla's hair keeps her gown from looking too uptight. She looks kinda Diane Kruger, in a very good way.

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Flared, '70s-ish bellbottoms. YES.

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Bright coat, classic bag. It's a Blair Waldorf move.

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One of her more overt nods to Jackie O style, this dress is crisp and completely timeless. I have a feeling I'd still want it 20 years from now.

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Way ahead of the peplum trend and not afraid to show a little skin—albeit in a clever, diplomat-friendly way—Carla's off-shoulder outfit actually makes me want a skirt suit.

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I think she's smiling because she knows her dress is way sexier than the typical First Lady gray sheath, thanks to ruching and a body-skimming silhouette.

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