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Christine Lagarde Photo - French President Nicolas Sarkozy meets IMF chief Christine Lagarde At Elysee Palace

Christine Lagarde Photos Photos: French President Nicolas Sarkozy meets IMF chief Christine Lagarde At Elysee Palace

Christine Lagarde Photo - French President Nicolas Sarkozy meets IMF chief Christine Lagarde At Elysee Palace

Christine Lagarde Photo - French President Nicolas Sarkozy meets IMF chief Christine Lagarde At Elysee Palace

Christine Lagarde Photos Photos: French President Nicolas Sarkozy meets IMF chief Christine Lagarde At Elysee Palace

Christine Lagarde Photo - French President Nicolas Sarkozy meets IMF chief Christine Lagarde At Elysee Palace

Christine Lagarde Photo - First Weekly French Cabinet Meeting of the Year in Elysee Palace

Christine Lagarde Photos Photos: First Weekly French Cabinet Meeting of the Year in Elysee Palace

Christine Lagarde Photo - First Weekly French Cabinet Meeting of the Year in Elysee Palace

Christine Lagarde Photo - Bill Gates Meets President Nicolas Sarkozy At Elysee Palace

Christine Lagarde Photos Photos: Bill Gates Meets President Nicolas Sarkozy At Elysee Palace

Christine Lagarde Photo - Bill Gates Meets President Nicolas Sarkozy At Elysee Palace

2 chic women black and white - so French

Rachida Dati Photos Photos: First Weekly French Cabinet Meeting of the Year in Elysee Palace

Christine Lagarde Photos Photos: First Weekly French Cabinet Meeting of the Year in Elysee Palace

Christine Lagarde Photo - Nicolas Sarkozy Meets Georges Papandreou at the Elysee Palace in Paris

Christine Lagarde Photos Photos: Nicolas Sarkozy Meets Georges Papandreou at the Elysee Palace in Paris

Christine Lagarde Photo - Nicolas Sarkozy Meets Georges Papandreou at the Elysee Palace in Paris

But the prize for the most virtuosic deployment of the work uniform today goes to Christine Lagarde, the French lawyer who runs the International Monetary Fund. Her tailored dark (black or charcoal) suits are accessorized with a great haircut, dangling pearl earrings, and an Hermès scarf. That’s it. She’s nearly 60 and succeeds in looking both female and powerful without seeming to overthink either. Never has so little looked like so much.

Leaving a Cabinet Meeting in Style Another one of Lagarde's well tailored suits. This one has a longer jacket that hits her lower thigh, and she wears it with a spindly gold choker and brooch.

Notice how instead of a button-down she's wearing a stretchy pullover under her jacket -- another example of her French insouciance.   Not a fan of the scarf, but the combo is subtle but enlightening.

Another fun scarf adds character to a double-breasted black suit. Notice how instead of a button-down she's wearing a stretchy pullover under her jacket -- another example of her French insouciance.

Christine Lagarde  born 1 January 1956, is a French lawyer and Union for a Popular Movement politician who has been the Managing Director (MD) of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) since 5 July 2011. Lagarde was the first woman ever to become finance minister of a G8 economy, and is the first woman to ever head the IMF.

Christine Lagarde born 1 January is a French lawyer and Union for a…

Christine Lagarde and George Osborne at 11 Downing Street. Malachite Birkin and Carré Cube scarf

Christine Lagarde and George Osborne at 11 Downing Street. Malachite Birkin and Carre Cube scarf

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