The Simple Tops, Shoes and Bags French Women Are Wearing With Jeans This Summer

From ballet flats to basket bags to tea dresses—there are many items that spring to mind when I think of French style, but perhaps the piece that transcends most Parisian (and farther afield) wardrobes is jeans.

I know what you're thinking—that's the same for all of us, right? I can't deny that this is true; whether you look to the outfits of people who reside in London, New York, Stockholm, Rome—wherever!—you're sure to find jeans. However, I would argue that French women have an appreciation for them that goes above and beyond the ease of pulling them on every day. French fashion people tend to give simple jeans outfits more airtime on their feeds and channels than any other people I follow, thus providing me with an endless amount of jeans-outfit inspiration to try for myself.


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Speaking of which, I thought, seeing as the weather is now starting to play ball, that we could take a closer look at how French women wear their jeans in summer. Given the fact we have largely similar climates (save from the South of France perhaps, which enjoys Mediterranean heat) these are looks I know I'll rely on in the next few months during the British summer time. Compromising of very simple pieces, I'm 99% sure you'll be able to re-create these looks with items you already own. If not, I've shopped out handy lookalikes for you, too. Scroll on to see nine French-girl summer jeans outfits I can't wait to re-create this year.

9 French-Girl Summer Jeans Outfits to Re-Create

1. Bandeau Top + Shoulder Bag


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Style Notes: Bandeau necklines are a key trend this season, though French women have long been wearing them in their purest form—by way of a simple jersey tube top. Naturally, they wear perfectly with jeans.

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2. White Blouse and Top Handle Bag


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Style Notes: Is there anything more French-feeling than a pretty puff-sleeve blouse? Only when you pair it with a woven bag and classic denim...

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3. White Shirt + Leather Belt

French Girl Summer Jeans Outfits

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Style Notes: Let's bring some cream jeans into the equation—I love how Lena has paired hers with a breezy white linen shirt and a glossy black belt to make them look high-end and polished.

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4. Crop Top + Chain Necklace


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Style Notes: Crop tops are a staple in the wardrobes of French women (we'll visit another such look farther down our list). I particularly like this look, which compromises of a knitted tank and high-waist denim.

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5. Cardigan + Basket Bag


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Style Notes: Basket bags might feel like a French style cliche but what am I to do when French women genuinely carry them? Copy them, that's what!

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6. Vest Top + Black Accessories


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Style Notes: A vest top and jeans outfit will never fail you, and French women know this better than anyone. While you could never go wrong with staple black and white, I like how Anne-Laure has Frenchified this combination even farther with the addition of a Breton stripe.

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7. Stripe Top + Baby Tee


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Style Notes: Stripe shirts are a key item this season, which is handy as many of us will already own one. Wear it open with a baby tee underneath, et voila! You've got a chic top half to wear with your favourite jeans.

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8. Backless Top + Simple Jewellery


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Style Notes: If you're looking for a French-girl summer jeans outfit you can go out in, Aïda has found it for you with this off-the-shoulder top, blue jeans and gold jewellery ensemble.

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9. Blue Shirt + Statement Necklace

French Girl Summer Jeans Outfits

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Style Notes: Yet another beige trouser look I've bookmarked, this look from French influencer, Anne-Laure Mais boasts and elegant-looking colour palette with fun, personality honing accessories.

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Maxine Eggenberger
Deputy Editor

Maxine Eggenberger is Who What Wear UK’s deputy editor and has over thirteen years of experience in fashion journalism. She been creating engaging and elevated style content specifically for Who What Wear UK since 2018, covering runway reports, emerging trends, long-form features, self-styled shopping stories and columns, including her edit of the best new-in buys. She ensures the highest editorial standards are met across the site, leads the editorial team in their SEO strategy and keyword planning, works closely with the beauty team on content initiatives, represents the brand at industry events, and regularly contributes to social media, including her own Who What Wear UK TikTok franchise, French Style Fridays. Previously, Maxine appeared on ITV's This Morning in her own fashion segment and has interviewed countless celebrities—everyone from Victoria Beckham to Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o.

Prior to Who What Wear UK, Maxine’s career began when, after completing her first-ever internship at Look magazine, she was offered a position on the brand's fashion desk. She accepted, leaving university a year early in the process. Her passion and natural talent for writing and styling meant she swiftly rose through the ranks to become the title's fashion news and commercial content editor, with a stint as’s fashion and beauty writer along the way. She later served as Look’s acting Editor in Chief, overseeing both print and digital, before embarking on a successful freelance career, working with Grazia, The Pool, and Marie Claire amongst others.

Maxine is based remotely from her countryside home near Edinburgh where she spends her downtime renovating her house, walking her dogs, hosting friends and trying to master the art of making Old Fashioned cocktails.