We know chic is the most overused word in fashion, but French girls really are, aren’t they? Paris has been at the centre of style for centuries, it is the birthplace of storied fashion houses like Chanel, Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent and many more, so is it any wonder the women have style running through their veins? If you’re anything like us, your inspo boards will be full of icons like Brigitte Bardot, Jane Birkin and Lou Doillon; their outfits all worn with an air of that effortless je ne sais quoi it's so hard to pinpoint.
It may sounds like a stereotype, but French women are never slaves to trends, instead preferring signatures pieces that don’t date. However, it shouldn't be presumed that this more reliable method of getting dressed results in the same outfits every year: in 2018 there are subtle nuances and updates that bring some classic ideas into the new, but also push the Parisian code a little further than before. Blame it on the rise of global style via Instagram, but the concept of French outfits is more varied than the Breton + jeans + blazer you may be used to.
Here at Who What Wear we can spot the joie de vie of a French fashionista a mile off, so we looked to our favourite French influencers who’s stylish feeds are full of quintessentially Parisian looks of the modern variety. So even if you’re not strutting down the Seine, your outfit can still feel la vie en rose.
CREAM TAILORING + DAINTY ACCESSORIES
Anne-Laure in this cream jumpsuit has ‘still from a vintage movie’ written all over it (we're getting Ingrid Bergman in Casablanca vibes.) What is it about this relaxed but no-less-chic style that French girls do so well? The head to toe beige is really set off by the black skinny belt and leopard heels. Utility never looked so good.
The vintage style of this blouse has that relaxed, laid back feel French girls love. This should be one of your wardrobe staples.
Go for a cropped trouser like Anne-Laure's. You wouldn't want to hide your fashionable footwear now, would you?
We could imagine styling these up with so many different outfits.
ONE NEUTRAL COLOUR PALETTE, HEAD-TO-TOE
Emelie makes a case for head to toe colour here, in her chic camel coloured look. This is peak French girl style—the simplicity of her Zara top perfectly set off by her trending accessories. That straw hat just makes the look, but you don't have to be French to try the trend, why not add some headwear to your holiday look? We love that Emelie's rocked tan head to toe, even down to her Sezane shoes. Bonus points if you can find a Vespa to match your look.
We can't get enough of this tan shade.
Add a hat to your vacay look and voila! An instant air of French girl chic.
French girls know the importance of good tailoring, whether you add a white shirt or cropped tee—start with this staple and build your look around.
THE FITTED JUMPSUIT
Is it the French bistro setting or the stylish check of the Musier Paris jumpsuit…either way we we want in. Adenorah knows that a belted jumpsuit is the epitome of laid back cool. Very, oh, I just threw this on. We spy some sunglasses too—make yours cat eye (a French girl favourite.)
If you don't have some gingham in your wardrobe yet—what are you waiting for?
SLIP SKIRT + MANNISH SHIRT + HEELS
Life of Boheme
We told you this skirt was going to be huge this Summer. Life of Boheme's Marta Cygan lets the print do the talking, keeping the rest of her outfit simple—French girls are never OTT. Pairing a leopard print with a classic white shirt is genius. Make sure its slightly over-sized and androgynous, a look French women work so well.
The pearl sleeve detail on this shirt ensures its anything but basic.
Ok, so the Reformation skirt might be sold out but Aeryne has you covered with this ruffle detail beauty.
One tip to take from these stylish ladies? Don't let your footwear be an after-thought. These perspex heels are trending, plus they go with so many looks.
SUIT + NOTHING UNDERNEATH
Syana from Paris
Whilst the black cigarette pant suit is a French girl style staple, swap it for a pastel version for summer. We love that Parisienne blogger Syana has kept her neckline bare—a small detail that makes this look extra stylish. A pastel suit is the perfect wedding guest attire if you’re not a dress girl.
WHITE BLOUSE + LIGHTJEANS + GLARE
Life of Boheme
Marta knows when it comes to a winning outfit the devils often in the details. Whilst this may seem the easiest of get ups at first glance, it has cool components. The slight puff sleeve of the shirt, trending button style and resin hoops make this look très jolie. The little French bob does help—anyone for a trim, all in the name of style?
The button blouse trend isn't going anywhere.
Every wannabe French chic needs a great pair of boyfriend jeans.
These resin hoops look ten times their price tag.
BRETON + UNEXPECTEDLY LOUD TROUSERS
The striking pink jean set against the relaxed tee and the stylish leather plimsoles are all topped off here with Louise's classic 'French fringe'—that perfectly parted style that makes even the simplest of outfits look instantly better.
You say cliche, we say wardrobe staple.
Switch up your denim for summer. We say think pink.
We love when you don't have to compromise comfort for style. Hello, comfy flats!
Slip Into Style
This dress would serve for multiple occasions—we're sold.
TEA DRESS + PUMPS
Adding a red lip like Jeanne will make this dress pop.
CORDS + TEE + BASKET BAG
We'll never have enough slogan tees. Weekend wear, sorted.
Cords and a slogan tee = a winning combo.
This basket bag got the French style memo—gingham and a bow, yes please.
This summer, it's time to embrace your inner Catherine Deneuve.