The French have always been revered for their fashion iconography. When you think of French fashion, brands like Chanel, Hermès and Louis Vuitton usually spring to mind. These houses have made a lasting impact on French style, but only in principle. French girls don’t follow the trends or drown themselves in labels, they keep it simple. It’s easier to attain than you’d think.
I’ve always admired French style, it’s managed to survive through trends and time. The first wave of this style came from celebrities like Jane Birkin, Francoise Hardy and Audrey Hepburn to name a few. Now you can see it on Alexa Chung, Jeanne Damas, Lou Doillon and Sofia Richie. French style is easier to attain than you’d think, let’s take a peek into how you can get that effortless, simple look:
You probably already have this one and lucky you, it’s an important piece for this look. Go for a neutral color, white or black is best. The french girls wardrobe is made up of simple, quality pieces that can be matched and made versatile with the right pairings. You can make a graphic tee work for the french look too, as long as it’s the focal point of the outfit.
Now this one is my personal favorite. I always wear this piece when I need to look professional but the french look makes it fun. I usually match this with a pair of wide-leg jeans and my golden goose sneakers, with my hair in an unkept bun (not messy, but just not perfect). If I’m going out, I match this with a little black skirt and boots. A button down top isn’t exactly essential, but if you’re trying to look more french in work settings, it’s a must have.
Aim for wide-leg, but you can make any jeans work. I usually wear a pair of high-waisted dark denim jeans, with my buttoned down top and a blazer when I want to look casually dressed up. They’re classic and give off a casual look that can be dressed up or down in the french style. Here, you can see Jane Birkin wearing a white t-shirt, jeans and a pair of red shoes to tie the look together.
This is the best way to dress up your outfit for work or just going out. A tailored blazer is best, and you can easily find blazers at thrift shops! A blazer with a pair of tailored pants and a nice top is what I usually wear when going out.
As mentioned, the most important guideline for the French girl style is simplicity. A basic black dress with some accessories (like a blazer or coat) will give you the perfect look for a night out. The dress style doesn’t matter, but if it’s a slip dress then that is a definite plus.
Another plus of the french girl style is that it’s a style that values comfort. French girls wear flats and make it work with everything. Again, flats aren’t necessary, but you won’t see many french girls wearing heels. So if you’re really wanting to adopt this style, then you want to lean into loafers, ballet flats and sneakers.
This is just from my own research. I see a lot of french styles being mostly neutrals, with the inclusion of a little red accent. A bag, shoes or even a scarf will work!
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