6 Graceful Ways French Women Are Wearing This Anti-Trend Summer Staple In 2024

Last summer, I spent a month in the South of France, an experience which reinforced my belief that French women are masters of warm weather dressing. Everywhere I turned, there was a chic display of fashion know-how: a white shirt tossed nonchalantly over a swimsuit; a designer basket bag slung over a sunkissed forearm; a cotton dress in the perfect shade of red.

Naturally, I'm looking to these style connoisseurs for guidance this summer too—with a whole new set of trends to navigate, I could use a helping hand. It should come as no surprise that Gallic women pick and choose their trends carefully. Known for their classic, comfort-first aesthetic, they're not the type to step out in a look just because everyone else is. So when we see our favourite French influencers rocking a trend, we know it's a good one.

This season, linen is a huge trend that's officially received the coveted seal of approval. Calling it a ‘trend’ might be misleading, since it's a fabrication that makes an appearance every year. It's breezy, effortless and lightweight even in high temperatures—for all these reasons and more, linen has reached peak popularity in recent summers. Predictably, we're particularly impressed by how French girls are wearing it, leaning into its easy-going nature and keeping the styling simple. Scroll on to see some of our most-loved linen outfits from the French fashion set so far.

1. White Linen Dress + Strappy Heels

French girl linen outfits: @andi_mun wears a linen dress

(Image credit: @andi_mun)

Style Notes: Presenting the easiest formula on this list—all you need is a bright white dress that flatters you in all the right places, plus a comfortable pair of strappy sandals. Choose a low heel for the evening, or make the look daytime-appropriate with a ballet flat.

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2. Waistcoat + Linen Midi Skirt + Snake-Effect Sandals

French girl linen outfits: @ruerodier

(Image credit: @ruerodier)

Style Notes: Another trend French women have adopted? Waistcoats. To create an ultra-current look, team a longline version with a billowy linen midi. The nipped-in waist will give shape to the voluminous skirt.

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3. Linen Co-Ord + Cotton Shirt

French girl linen outfits: @juliesfi

(Image credit: @juliesfi)

Style Notes: Linen-cords were the hero buy of last summer, particularly shirt-and-shorts sets. This year, we're seeing smarter, tailored versions like Julie's cropping up on Instagram, giving a new look to the traditionally casual fabric.

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4. Linen Blazer + Blue Jeans + Sandals

French girl linen outfits: @pia_mbd

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Style Notes: No need to ditch your blazers in warmer weather; a linen iteration will keep you cool and is just as versatile as a wool blazer. For an understated everyday look that comes French girl-approved, style it with straight-leg jeans and minimal sandals.

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5. Linen Shirt + Skort + Ballet Flats

French girl linen outfits: @aidabadji_

(Image credit: @aidabadji_)

Style Notes: The simplest way into this trend is buying a linen shirt. You can pick one up in most high-street stores, and you'll find boundless ways to wear it. Äida makes a strong case for skorts with her elegant summer ensemble—I'm a big fan of the white-and-caramel colour palette.

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6. White Tee + Linen Trousers + Trainers

French girl linen outfits: @frannfyne

(Image credit: @frannfyne)

Style Notes: Franny's cool coffee date outfit epitomises just how relaxed this trending fabric is. If ballet flats and sandals feel too dainty for your taste, switch in a pair of chunky sneakers instead.

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Freelance Fashion Editor

Bébhinn Campbell is an Edinburgh-based fashion and lifestyle writer and editor. She started her first blog at age 14 and went on to intern at print and digital publications in Berlin and London, including Dazed & Confused and Indie magazine.

A job at a fashion startup took Bébhinn from Ireland to Scotland in 2019, where she now works as a freelance journalist and copywriter covering everything from travel and interiors to styling advice. As a contributor to Who What Wear, Bébhinn always keeps her eyes peeled for emerging trends and looks worth writing about. She prides herself on her ability to cut through the noise and identify solid investment buys, exciting new brands and fresh takes on classic design.

In her spare time, Bébhinn enjoys perusing Edinburgh’s best vintage shops, working through her out-of-control book collection and watching dog reels on Instagram.