Whether or not you've actually visited the French capital, you're likely familiar with the archetype of the Parisian aesthetic. Marked by dishevelled hair, a classic red lip, and an effortless low-key ensemble, the French-girl look is a well-known style trope with roots in the early 1950s.
Popularised by the likes of Brigitte Bardot and Jane Birkin (a Brit with so much je ne sais quoi), French style has since been reimagined by modern-day influencers like Sabina Socol and Ellie Delphine. While classic jeans, a white tee, and a basket bag are still prevalent, the look now includes slip skirts, blazers, corduroy trousers, cable-knit cardigans, and more. Of course, the French approach to beauty and style is more pertinent than the clothes themselves. The look is low-maintenance, slightly carefree, and just "undone" enough.
We're pleased to report that Parisian It girls still cherish the classic French style code to some degree, making it that much easier for us to spot and dissect their outfit formulas. Below, shop the chic French outfits that we believe will never go out of style, courtesy of our favourite fashion influencers.
1. CHUNKY CARDIGANS
If we could pick one article of clothing that has characterised French-girl style over the last six months, it would be the cable-knit cardigan. While the look is popular the globe over, French influencers like Sabina Socol and Anne-Laure Mais have given it the Parisian stamp of approval, pairing the style with everything from jeans and trousers to dresses and slip skirts. Mais even designed various versions of the classic cardigan for her clothing brand, Musier Paris.
& Other Stories Ruffle Cuff Alpaca Blend Knit Cardigan (£75)
Arket Regular Cropped Stretch Jeans (£79)
BY FAR Rachel Croc-Effect Leather Shoulder Bag (£315)
2. STATEMENT COLLARS
The retro statement collar has made its rounds among the fashion set thanks to brands like Miu Miu and Ganni. French influencers, such as Ellie Delphine of Slip Into Style, have embraced the look with open arms, balancing the prairie-style top with black leather and structured trousers. If the bib collar is a bit too much for you, collared polos offer a subtler take on the trend.
Mango Babydoll Collar Cotton Shirt (£36)
Commando Paperbag-Waist Faux-Leather Trousers (£175)
Manu Atelier Naomi Slipper Sandals (£280)
3. SLIP SKIRT + MULES
The slip skirt–and-mules combo took root a few years ago, and French It girls like Mais have clearly taken to it. We predict that this outfit formula will continue to stand the test of time. It's comfortable, practical, and just dressy enough. You can now buy a slip skirt in every colour, print, and fabric imaginable, and designers like BY FAR and Staud continue to pioneer the resurgence of open-toed mule sandals.
Hansen and Gretel Mariika Skirt (£228)
Cos Jersey Vest (£17)
Who What Wear Sydney Sandals (£89)
4. GOING-OUT TOP + JEANS
The French fashion set has perfected the casual going-out look in the form of jeans and a trendy top. From puff-sleeve organza crops to Insta-famous Reformation frocks in every cut and colour, a flattering going-out top could be considered a Parisian style essential. Pair your chosen look with a classic pair of light-wash Levi's and strappy sandals. You literally can't go wrong.
Reformation Meadowlark Lace-Trimmed Broderie Anglaise Organic Cotton-Voile Blouse (£160)
Mango Erika Wide-Leg Jeans (£50)
BY FAR Lenny Crinkled Glossed-Leather Mules (£325)
5. CLASSIC BUTTON-DOWN + WIDE-LEG PANTS
There's nothing more classic than a menswear-inspired button-down shirt, so of course, it's a French style staple. Whether you opt for a crisp white or a trendy leopard print, take notes from Parisian influencer Loïcka Grâce and wear your cuffs and hems long, and even try layering with a vest.
Frame Cotton Oxford Shirt (£265)
H&M Wide Trousers (£25)
6. KNIT POLO + JEANS
We're endlessly obsessed with the combo of a knit polo and jeans, especially when the key colors of the season are involved. Keep it low-key with pair of sleek boots.
Zara Rib Knit Polo Shirt (£20)
Made in Tomboy Enea High-Rise Wide-Leg Denim Trousers (£290)
& Other Stories Heeled Leather Sock Boots (£135)
7. THE CLASSIC FLORAL DRESS
This list wouldn't be complete without a classic floral dress. A spring staple, this effortless look epitomizes thatje ne sais quoi that French style is all about—especially when paired with espadrille wedges, a woven bag, and dainty gold jewellery. Sweep your hair up into a claw clip to complete the look.
Reformation Meadow Dress (£255)
Alexandre de Paris Pince Medium Hair Clip (£32)
Jacquemus Les Tatanes Lin Sandals (£350)
8. BLAZER + MINIDRESS
Blazers have long been a part of the French-girl style quotient, and Parisian influencers like Sabina Socol have successfully repurposed the look for 2020. Opt for a classic herringbone pattern to play up the vintage feel, and pair your blazer with low-heeled slides, messy hair, and a high-neck minidress of a similar length.
Arket Oversized Linen Blend Blazer (£150)
Zeynep Arçay Stretch-Knit Mini Dress (£710)
Staud Simone 25 Brown Crocodile-Effect Leather Sandals (£270)
9. HEAD-TO-TOE TONAL
You simply can't go wrong with head-to-toe monochrome, especially when it involves a classic white button-down. Take notes from native Parisian Claire Most, and pair a tan undershirt with white jeans and a crisp overshirt for an effortlessly chic ensemble.
H&M Ribbed Cashmere-Blend Cardigan (£40)
Citizens of Humanity Calista White Tapered Jeans (£320)
10. VINTAGE-INSPIRED GRAPHIC TEES
Last but not least, we'll always love a good graphic tee. The vintage-inspired look has been a wardrobe essential for the last five years or so, and French girls have paired it with everything from distressed jeans and blazers to midi skirts and heels.
ASOS Design Curve Oversized T-Shirt With Wild Camping Motif (£12)
Hollister Curvy Ultra High-Rise Jeans (£42)
Next up, what a Brit girl in Paris wears with her jeans.
This post was originally published on Who What Wear U.S. and has since been updated.
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