When we find ourselves in a style rut, we can always rely on French women to help us out of it. With an effortless approach to styling and the ability to make even the most basic of pieces look premium, they're constantly inspiring us with their wares. So we got to thinking, How do French women tackle what's arguably the hardest occasion to dress for in the summer? Naturally, we're talking about weddings.
Deciding on a wedding guest outfit is never easy—even after years spent writing on the subject, we too find it overwhelming. So we turned to six of our favourite French women to see how they dress for summer nuptials. From breezy dresses and quintessential accessories to the hue we Brits are often too tentative to wear, keep scrolling to see what French women wear to summer weddings, and then shop the outfits for yourself.
1. Classic Prints
Style Notes: Classic style doesn’t have to be predictable. This blue-and-white printed dress is reminiscent of the motif found on a porcelain plate, with the colourway ensuring it looks totally timeless. Prints like this are always in style—Reformation has its fair share this year.
2. Bold Colours
Style Notes: French women are known for their relaxed style, even on more formal occasions. For summertime nuptials, make like Anne and opt for a simple but effective colour-block dress with minimal accoutrements.
Style Notes: Well-chosen separates and co-ordinated pieces also make for a chic alternative to wedding guest attire. Even crop tops can work and look especially chic worn with high-waist, longline skirts.
4. Elegant All-in-Ones
Style Notes: Jumpsuits are often overlooked on the wedding guest circuit but not by French girls. A cool alternative to a maxi dress, an on-trend halter style goes well with statement add-ons.
5. Sleek Suiting
Style Notes: French style is often understated, so why not try classic suiting? Add a stylish touch with an architectural cut-out top underneath and pops of gold jewellery to finish.
Style Notes: While many of us Brits will avoid wearing black to weddings, French girls see no problem in wearing the hue to nuptials. Anne-Laure gives her off-the-shoulder style a playful spin with multicoloured sandals and an effortless half-up, half-down hairdo.