We're always looking to French women for a heavy dose of style inspiration. But just as we have an undying fascination with French-girl style, a sense of the American It girl has taken life abroad. Earlier this month, Vogue Paris listed the traits shared by top American It girls Bella and Gigi Hadid, Emily Ratajkowski, Kaia Gerber, and the Kardashians. The French fashion bible listed the models' well-curated style, intense fitness regimens, and love for American pop culture as tenets of the It-girl essence.
Keep scrolling to see what Vogue Paris thinks American It girls have in common.
Vogue Paris writes that the top American It girls have created a well-defined style of their own. Described as a fashion sense that oscillates between sportswear and street influences, this decidedly American approach to style plays with mixing and matching of high and low pieces. The result is what we've come to know as It-girl dressing, as orchestrated by stylists like Monica Rose or Elizabeth Sulcer.
It comes as no surprise that a large part of today's It-girl stylings play to the '90s. Vogue Paris calls out Clueless as a cinematic reference the French associate with American style.
Vogue Paris attributes this streetwear trend—or "la notion d'athleisure"—to the fact that fitness is an integral part of American life, listing hiking in the hills, paddle-boarding in Malibu, and model-favorite activities like boxing and Pilates.
Much of the American It-girl lifestyle has come to be perceived as inseparable from American pop culture. From front-row seats at Lakers games to In-N-Out burgers, American girls—at least in the eyes of the French—live a life rich in these cultural signifiers.
Last but not least, the French recognize music as a central tenet of American It-girl style. From annual music festivals like Coachella to the pairing up of models with musicians (Kendall Jenner with A$AP Rocky and Gigi Hadid with Zayn Malik), music weaves in seamlessly with It-girl style.
Now check out the dos and don'ts of It-girl style.