French women really have life figured out. The world’s best bread and freshly-baked pastries, wine with long lunches, and the effortless elegance every single one of them seems to have. So what is the secret to the perfect French summer style wardrobe? We’ve done a lot of highly scientific research (thank you, Instagram) and we can break it down into seven key pieces.
Once the official uniform of the French navy, the perfect Breton striped t-shirt is now the unofficial uniform of chic French women everywhere. COS’s version is predictably design-forward, with a thicker stripe. As always, J.Crew has a great long-sleeve striped t-shirt.
Jeans may be an American tradition, but the French have certainly put their own spin on it. Vintage, straight leg denim cut at the ankle is lived-in but still polished, and all the better to show off your shoes with. This pair in white, if you still can’t get enough of white jeans. We also love a light-wash, and you can’t get more iconic than Levi’s .
The French know how to lean into their femininity, accentuating it with flirty details like a nipped-in waist or romantic detailing on a blouse. A crisp shirtdress is easy and breezy during the summer, and this one from COS can be worn belted for an hourglass silhouette or oversized for a modern take. This pretty puff-sleeve blouse looks just as good tucked into a skirt or pants.
On to our accessories! If it’s good enough for Jane Birkin, it’s good enough for us. I love this woven wicker bag, which gets bonus points for the bamboo handle. This tote is perfect for a day at the beach, if you’re lucky enough to have one nearby. Don’t forget the perfect, retro-inspired pair of cat-eye sunglasses. Finally throw on some ballet flats, because you can’t navigate those picturesque cobblestone streets in a pesky heel.
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