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.
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.
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.
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.
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 striking pink jean set against the relaxed tee and the stylish leather plimsoles are alltopped off here withLouise's classic 'French fringe'—that perfectly parted style that makes even the simplest of outfits look instantly better.
We love when you don't have to compromise comfort for style. Hello, comfy flats!
Slip Into Style
Slip into Style's Ellie can always be counted on to give us some outfit inspiration. Is it just us or is there something so very 'Paris' about a monochrome polka dot dress and sandals? We adore the effortless look of Ellie’s Nanushka dress and Yuzefi mini bag.
Adding a red lip like Jeanne will make this dress pop.
CORDS + TEE + BASKET BAG
Marie Dewetis fast becoming out Instagram go-to for casual outfit inspiration. We love how she's working cords in summer by adding a slogan tee and trending basket bag. The French designer's mirror selfies give us weeks worth of outfit ideas—all served with a cool model off duty vibe.