Trust Us—Every French Girl Owns These 6 Summer Staples

There’s no denying we’ve been trying to emulate French women’s style for decades. And considering they possess the innate power to make even the simplest of items looks incredible, it’s hardly surprising. Take basics, for example, a gallic capsule wardrobe will consist of elevated separates that look understated yet chic. 

Forget a white T-shirt or blue jeans for a moment, Parisian summer staples consists of a slip dress you can wear for any occasion, the knit top you can style with wide-leg trousers and the mini skirt that looks impeccable with flats. Add to this the top everyone (not just French women) are relying on this summer and you have the tools to be able to create the outfits French girls are wearing on repeat. Keep scrolling to see the 6 basics French women own. 

1.  The Slip Dress

Sabina wearing red slip dress

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@sabinasocol

Style Notes: If there's one dress French women rely on (aside from the floral tea), it's the fuss-free slip dress. Sleek, understated and effortless, Sabina is proof you can still have fun with the staple by opting for cool cut-outs. 

This also comes in cream and brown, both equally as chic. 

French label founded by influencer Adenorah is of course a destination for great staples. 

A dress so dreamy, it comes in four other colours and prints. 

2. The Oversized Shirt

Style Notes: The anything but basic oversized shirt is a chameleon to embrace into your wardrobe. Keep it sleek like Loïcka Grâce with tailored trousers, throw on over a swimsuit or wear with a mini skirt—the possibilities are endless. 

This Arket beauty is so similar to Loïcka Grâce's Frankie Shop style. 

 

The power of a great white shirt is second to none. 

3. The Vest Top

Tamara wearing vest top

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@tamaramory

Style Notes: Can anyone remember life before the vest top? An integral part of anyone's wardrobe, no matter the season, French girl Tamara keeps it minimal with a shirt, shorts and sporty kicks. 

In four different colours and sizes 6-24, you're bound to find one you like at M&S. 

For the price, you won't believe how good the quality is. 

Logo vests are having quite the moment this year, and of course Loewe is leading the pack. 

4. The Mini Skirt

Style Notes: French women have been wearing mini skirts way before the Y2K revival. Keep it classy just like Adenorah with a matchy-matchy shirt, shoulder bag and timeless flat pumps. 

No doubt you'll want to wear it with a chunky knit and knee-high boots later in the year, too. 

The belt and pocket detail makes this mini look so expensive. 

5. The White Jean

Franny wearing white jeans

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@frannyfyne

Style Notes: Forget ditching jeans all together for summer, instead, switch to white and they'll go with every nice top you own. Franny goes for wide-leg flares but any silhouette goes. 

The slight stretch makes this cropped pair fit like a glove.

6. The Knit Top

Anne-Victoire Lefevre wearing knit top

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@vikilevfevre

Styles Notes: Making a case for the knit top, Anne-Victoire proves how knitwear can definitely be a part of your summer wardrobe. A French girl's best kept secret, a fine, chunky or crochet fabric makes any top style look expensive.

Of course a Breton knit is a firm favourite. 

The bandeau is another summer basic for everyone to tick off this season. 

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