Appealing And Chic 8 Pieces Fashion Ideas For French Girl Wardrobe

We’ll admit it—we have a thing for French style. This probably doesn’t come as a big surprise, as we’ve investigated everything from the swimsuit styles French girls avoid to the surprising outfit in their closets to the affordable denim they love.

In other words, we’ve done our research narrowing in on how they achieve that je ne sais quoi, and now we’re diving into their summer wardrobes.

French It girls like Jeanne Damas, Sabina Socol, and Anne-Laure Mais seem to line their closets (and suitcases) with many of the same items and follow a few of the same rules. The guidelines are pretty straightforward. First, keep your palette neutral. 

Stick to classic shades like navy, white, and red, as well as earthy tones like tan and rust. You’ll have a hard time finding French girls wearing anything too jarring like neon. 

Next, when wearing prints, go for seasonless patterns. Much like an It bag that’s often associated with the time it debuted, prints can look tired after a few months.

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You can avoid making your outfit look like it’s dated by wearing prints like polka dots, gingham, and simple florals, which will always be in style. Last, you can never go wrong by following the lead of Jane Birkin.

 Whether it’s emulating her basket bag, cropped hemlines, or layered necklaces, she’s a constant source of inspiration for French girls.

Keep reading to see the eight pieces that define French summer style, then shop our favorite styles from Rouje, Réalisation, Reformation, and more.

Cat-Eye Sunglasses

French girl

Cat-eye sunglasses are an effortless way to nail a vintage look. Match a pair of retro white sunnies with a timeless statement blouse. 

GUCCI 55mm Cat Eye Sunglasses

Cream shades are an easy way to lighten your look.

Le Specs Beautiful Stranger Sunglasses

Wear these retro-influenced sunglasses with high-waisted jeans and a white tee.

Garrett Leight x Clare V. 47  Cat Eye Sunglasses

These make any outfit pop.

Summer Dress

French girl

A long summer dress with a bold pattern doesn’t require a lot of accessories. Do it the French way by throwing on a red lip with a simple bucket bag and you’re good to go. 

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The Reformation Jo Dress Es

Pretty floral prints instantly feel French.

Rotate Heather Dress

This neckline is perfection.

Réalisation The Alba Rosalita

Throw on a worn-in leather or denim jacket, depending on the season.

Straw Bag

French girl

Add a woven bag into your warm-weather wardrobe. French girls take this bag everywhere from the city to the beach.

Poolside Bags Beach Tote

So versatile.

Danse Lente Extra Small Josh Bag

Forget digging through your purse—a structured bag makes finding your belongings so much easier.

Hat Attack Small Round Handle Bag

The contrasting handles make this a unique pick.

Straight-Leg Jeans

French wardrobe

Tuck in a solid-colored shirt and add basic shoes for a minimalistic look.

Levi's Wedgie Icon Jeans

This French brand knows a thing or two about wardrobe basics.

Boyish The Dempsey High-Rise Comfort Stretch Straight Leg Jeans

Wear this pair as is or cuff at the ankles.

Mango Straight-Fit Theresa Jeans

The perfect wash.

Vintage-Inspired Swimsuit

French girl

Channel your inner Jane Birkin. French girls are opting for vintage styles this summer, especially in their swimwear. 

Monday Swimwear Costa Rica Top

Minimalists are losing it over this bikini.

Solid & Striped Nina Belt One Piece Swimsuit

Wear this one-piece with cat-eye sunglasses.

Shoshanna Ring One Shoulder One Piece

Mix and match these bottoms with different colored bikini tops.


French girl

Don’t be afraid to wear a skirt that adds a pop of color. Pair it with a neutral top and strappy sandals for a casual look.

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Topshop Paperbag Denim Miniskirt

We can imagine Fraçoise Hardy wearing this style.

J Brand Jules High Rise Skirt

Wear this skirt with a breezy white top.

Levi's Deconstructed Skirt

Wear a pair of mules with a classic denim skirt this summer.

Gold Necklace

French girl

A floral blouse is flawlessly complemented by a gold pendant necklace. In fact, French girls wear their necklaces with essentially every outfit—it’s their daily staple!

BaubleBar Sofya Pendant Necklace

To wear with practically anything.

Gorjana Stellar Locket Necklace

This brand is an It-girl favorite.

Madewell Moulded Heart Locket Necklace

Layer this simple pendant with other gold necklaces.


French wardrobe

Espadrilles were basically made for summer travel.

Castaner Carina Wedge Espadrilles

Wear these ankle-tie espadrilles with a printed midi dress.

Soludos Classic Espadrille Wedges

These wedges are incredibly versatile.

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