Summer Style, S'il Vous Plaît
While we’re certainly obsessed with French-girl style year-round, there’s something about the vision of a Parisian summer that makes a Gallic look all the more aspirational. French women have a knack for simplifying trends and turning the ephemeral into the timeless, which is perhaps the best approach to dressing for any season, let alone for the sweltering hot summer when we can’t be bothered to put any more effort than necessary into our outfits. Rather than overcomplicating things, a few of our favorite French ladies have been gravitating toward the same formulas as of late. What’s more, these ensembles can be easily recreated (whether or not you have the privilege of sauntering through a European city this season). We broke down the key pieces you’ll need to achieve their laid-back looks.
Wide Leg Pants + Knit Tops
A knitted top and wide leg pant strike the perfect balance of relaxed and polished when combined. In such instances, we believe the French term “je ne sais quoi" hits the nail on the head.
Cropped High-Rise Wide Leg Jeans
Button Down Sweater Tank
10 Crosby Derek Lam
Printed Midi Dress + Low Pumps
Slipping into a printed midi and classic low pumps will have you feeling instantly divine. As proven on these French ladies, it’s always a flattering, feminine match.
The Day Heel
Skirt + Tee
No need to overthink this: Just grab your prettiest skirt and favorite T-shirt as you run out the door.
Calla Lilly Flounced Midi Skirt
Cropped Rib T-Shirt
Sneakers + Jeans
In the name of sensibility, even French women are ditching their heels for the comfort—and coolness—of sneakers. Magically, they work with everything but, as Parisian natives demonstrate, simple blue denim makes them look extra crisp.
Air Max 95
Moto Mid Blue Straight Cropped Jeans
Jumpsuits + Sandals
If you haven’t added a tailored jumpsuit to your wardrobe yet, let these women remind you why you absolutely should. It will be the easiest thing you throw on all summer long.
Linen-Blend Striped Jumpsuit