Obsessed is an understatement when it comes to describing our feelings for French girls. Their talent for looking cool without lifting a finger is something we’re constantly trying to achieve by recreating their effortlessly put together outfits. Thus, as honorary Frenchies (or so we wish), it’s only right for us to celebrate Bastille Day—and what better way to do so than by decoding their style? While Breton stripes and vintage denim are cornerstones of a classic Gallic getup, an edgier iteration of the beloved look has been grabbing our attention as of late. Best embodied by It girls such as Lou Doillon and cool-girl designers like Saint Laurent, the modern twist on ’70s rock ‘n’ roll vibes (punctuated by a statement piece or two) exudes chic nonchalance with the right hint of sexy. Ahead, seven must-have items for channeling your inner edgy French girl.
Vive La Edge
French model, musician and actress Lou Doillon.
When French girls do wear color, it's in the form of an embellished topper. Opt for one with embroidery for a fashion-forward take on folk prints.
A button-down top is an essential in every French girl's wardrobe. A dark printed version adorned with stars is a cool take on the polished silhouette.
Black Skinny Jeans
Figure-skimming black skinnies are a staple to pair with everything. The leather lace-up detail in the front adds a hint of sexiness but not too much.
French girls love hats, and a felt fedora is the perfect finishing touch.
Wrap it around your neck to add color and rocker vibes to an all-black outfit.
Leather Ankle Boots
Comfortable, simple and forever cool for day or night.
A quilted carryall with a chain strap is the intersection of cool and sophisticated.