What’s been said about French style that hasn’t been said before? Well, not much, really. Our Gallic neighbours, especially in the capital city, are exceptional dressers. They just know style. It’s as if they are born with it. Their innate understanding of what looks chic is unmatched, and while I know it can seem a little tiresome that we bang on about French fashion, we have a good reason: it never goes out of style.
Today’s history lesson on la mode a la Francaise is the loose-fitting shirt. Thanks to French fashion designerJacquemus’s Bahia tie-front shirts, I’ve been re-thinking the huge-collar trend and thinking about opting for this classic look as worn by French women for years.
Jeanne Damas wearing a white shirt during Paris fashion week
From women such as Jeanne Damas, as well as Brigitte Bardot and Jane Birkin, including influencers Ellie Delphine and Franny Fyne, there’s only ever one way to wear the loose shirt: buttons undone to an exact point with the neck on display. It might sound simple but it is important to note that each of these women knows how to stop short of going too low. It is the element of suggestion that these women perfect. As always, something that looks so effortless rarely is.
But thanks to the aforementioned Simon Porte of Jacquemus, his shirts have made this look so easy. Keep scrolling to see how French women have worn shirts like this for years, then go on for the Jacquemus shirt in action.