We'll admit it – we have a weakness for the French style. This is probably not a big surprise since we have examined everything from the swimsuit styles that French girls avoid, to the surprising outfit in their closets, to the affordable denim they love. In other words, we have done our research on how to achieve this, and now we are delving into their summer wardrobes.
French It girls like Jeanne Damas, Sabina Socol and Anne-Laure Mais seem to fill their closets (and suitcases) with many of the same items and to follow some of the same rules. The guidelines are pretty simple. First, keep your palette neutral. Stick to classic colors such as navy, white and red as well as earth tones such as tan and rust. You'll find it hard to find French girls wearing something too annoying like neon. If you're wearing prints, choose next seasonless patterns. Similar to an It bag, which is often associated with the time of its debut, prints can look tired after a few months. You can avoid making your outfit look dated by wearing prints like polka dots, gingham, and simple flowers that are always stylish. Lastly, you can never go wrong if you follow the guidance of Jane Birkin. Whether it is imitating her wicker bag, short hem or layered necklaces, she is a constant source of inspiration for French girls.
Read on to see the eight pieces that define French summer style, then buy our favorite styles from Rouje, Réalisation, Reformation, and more.