It’s no secret that here at Who What Wear, we have a serious crush on French-girl style. Something about their pared-down, minimalistic, too-cool-to-care vibe has us endlessly coveting whatever it is they’re wearing. That being said, we’ve always been a bit sad to part with our American-girl roots in favour of something just a bit more chic.
And it’s not just us Americans who feel this way! French jewellery designer Aurélie Bidermann recently told Vogue that she admires American style for all the things French style doesn’t do. “I’ve always been inspired by Americans; I love when they’re very put-together and they have a strong style,” she told the magazine. “They’re not afraid to go out with the jewellery, the dress, looking put-together. The French can be more shy about this kind of thing.”
Considering all this, we were struck by a brilliant idea—why not combine these styles to achieve the best of both worlds? Below, find five outfit ideas that mix the minimalistic French approach to dressing with a bolder, more American methodology to accessorizing.
Keep scrolling for five ways to dress like a French It-girl with an American twist!
Most stylish French women have not one or two but several classic LBDs at their disposal. Take a French approach by dressing the staple piece up with a pair of colourful heels, a printed blazer, or another statement-making accessory of your choice.
Stella McCartney Houndstooth Check Double-Breasted Blazer ($2,445)
French women love a good pair of loose-fitting denim, but it’s the Americans who started the overly distressed trend. Get the best of both worlds with a pair that is minimally distressed but maximally slouchy.
Joe's Jeans Keri Wash Distressed Boyfriend Jeans ($119)
Whistles Distressed White Boyfriend Jeans ($157)
Chic French women love a basic white button-up. Pair yours with a bold statement necklace to take the look from minimal to powerful.
French women live in their flats, and their shoe du jour is most often a classic loafer. Try rocking this easy style with a little bit of bling for added oomph.
Mary Katrantzou Scott Emblem Embroidered Velvet Loafers ($1,385)
French It-girls are rarely spotted without their omnipresent black leather moto jackets—but it’s American women who have the moto market truly cornered. From badass motorcycle-inspired jackets with hardware and fringe to buckle-laden boots, get back to your all-American, road trip-lovin’ roots with the trend.