When we find ourselves in a style rut, we can always rely on French women to help us out of it. With an effortless approach to styling and the ability to make even the most basic of pieces look premium, we're constantly inspired by their wares. Which got us thinking, How do French women tackle what's arguably the hardest occasion to dress for in the summer? Naturally, we're talking about weddings.
Deciding on a wedding-guest outfit is never easy—even after years spent writing on the subject, we too can find it overwhelming. So we turned to six of our favourite French women to see how they dress for seasonal nuptials. From breezy dresses and quintessential accessories to the hue us Brits are often too tentative to wear, keep scrolling to see what French women wear to summer weddings, and then shop the outfits for yourself.
Style Notes: French women are known for their relaxed style, even at more formal occasions. For summertime nuptials, make like Aria and opt for a floaty floral dress and finish with raffia accessories.
Rixo Frida Ruffled Floral-Print Crepe Wrap Midi Dress (£265)
Castañer Carina Canvas Wedge Espadrilles (£80)
Muuñ Line Woven-Straw Tote Bag (£190)
Style Notes: When French girls go fancy, the general rule of thumb is to offset your chosen statement piece with minimal accessories. Follow Ellie's lead and pair a pink dress with simple strappy heels and a brightly-coloured bag.
H&M Flounce-Detail Dress (£18)
Amina Muaddi Gilda Super Mini Crystal-Embellished Leather Tote (£650)
Manolo Blahnik Margolia Appliquéd Leather Sandals (£775)
Style Notes: Jumpsuits are often overlooked on the wedding-guest circuit, but not by French girls. A cool alternative to a maxi dress, choose a printed style and wear with statement add-ons, just like Sabina.
Missoni Mare Halterneck Zigzag-Jacquard Jumpsuit (£740)
Nannacay + Net Sustain Laine Faux Feather-Trimmed Embellished Velvet Tote (£198)
Stuart Weitzman Nunaked Glittered Leather Sandals (£375)
Style Notes: Well-chosen separates also make for a chic alternative to wedding-guest attire. Even crop tops can work, as long as you wear them with a wide-leg, high-waisted trousers like Jeanne.
& Other Stories Fitted Halter Knit Top (£35)
Jennifer Fisher Double Twisted Lily Huggie Gold-Plated Hoop Earrings (£340)
Vince Pleated Twill Tapered Pants (£320)
Style Notes: For something sophisticated, why not try a pastel suit? You can even go sans top like Syana, as long as the neckline doesn't prove too plunging. A silk camisole underneath, however, will work just as well.
ASOS Design Curve Shrunken Dad Suit Blazer (£48)
ASOS Design Curve Shrunken Dad Suit Trouser (£25)
Amina Muaddi Begum Silver-Tone Crystal Earrings (£465)
Christian Louboutin Pailettacan 55 Crystal-Embellished Pvc and Iridescent Snake-Effect Leather Mules (£745)
Style Notes: While many of us Brits will avoid wearing black to weddings, French girls see no problem in wearing the hue to nuptials. Anne-Laure gives her off-the-shoulder style a playful spin with multicoloured sandals and an effortless half-up, half-down hairdo.
Ole Lynggaard Copenhagen 18-Karat Gold Multi-Stone Necklace (£3150)
H&M Off-The-Shoulder Dress (£20)
Amina Muaddi Gilda Crystal-Embellished Satin Sandals (£775)
Next up, the biggest autumn/winter 2021 fashion trends to know.
This piece was published at an earlier date and has since been updated.
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