Sure, we all like to go to Paris for the candid snaps standing in front of the Eiffel Tower and, of course, the pastries. But when we visit, we're all about people watching to see what the ever-stylish French women are wearing. Luckily, we don't always require a plane ticket to be able to do this, as Instagram brings us all the inspo we need.
Although we always look to these women for their basics—we're talking anything from flared jeans to fail-safe top-and-jeans outfits—it's French girls' party outfits we're most interested in right now. And rightly so considering brunches, dinner gatherings and after-dark soirées are filling up our diaries this year.
So whether you look to Camille Charrière for the cool-girl way to wear velvet or Anne-Victoire Lefèvre for layering tips, here are six French girl–approved party looks you can re-create with ease.
1. LEATHER TROUSERS + LONG-SLEEVE TOP
Style Notes: A great pair of leather (real or faux) trousers will elevate even the simplest of tops. Andrea Mun knows statement heels will make a monochrome look party-ready.
2. VELVET DRESS + SPARKLY BAG
Style Notes: French girls know how to find a great thrift-store gem. Case in point: Camille Charrière's vintage green velvet dress. The best way to accessorise said dress? With sparkles, of course.
Style Notes: If in doubt, bring out the mini dress. Sara Flaaen Licius shows exactly how to do it right with an oversized blazer and mules. Also, all hail the return of the waist belt.
4. SLIP DRESS + TOP-HANDLE BAG
Style Notes: Ah the humble slip dress. Ready to be worn all year round, no matter the occasion, it's the do-it-all dress French girls love to wear. Make like Aïda Badji Sané and keep the look simple and sleek with minimal accessories.
5. KNIT DRESS + MULES
Style Notes: The fact of the matter is knitted dresses are here to stay. They're an integral part of any French girl's wardrobe, and it's no surprise they work after dark with slip-on mules.
Style Notes: Stylish and clever, French women know how to layer for a night out. Take a summery bralette, add it over a high-neck top with a longer-length skirt, et voilà!
6. CROP TOP + HIGH-NECK TOP + MIDI SKIRT