The One Bag French Girls Will Never Buy

We often discuss French-girl style: Simple wardrobe basics and mussed-up hair are at the centre of that Parisian effortlessness. But how does it translate to handbags—one of the essential wardrobe accessories?

We tapped four French girls to weigh in on the bags we would never find in their closets and the ones they wear on repeat. It turns out that according to them French girls aren't fans of oversized bags. When it comes to size, mini bags win out over larger styles. Those oversized shopper bags send the wrong message—French girls like to appear low-maintenance. On top of that, we also learned a few key rules. Stick to classic colours like navy or ones that can be found in nature, such as terra-cotta and rust. Hues that are too bright are a no-no. The main message is to keep it simple. Anything that looks overdone, with too many embellishments also doesn't make the cut.


Next, what je ne sais quoi really means.

This story was originally published on Who What Wear U.S. and has since been updated.