The 8-Piece French-Girl Summer Wardrobe

We’ll admit it—we have a thing for French style. This probably doesn’t come as a big surprise, as we’ve investigated everything from the trends in their closets to the cool basics they love. In other words, we’ve done our research on how they achieve that je ne sais quoi, and now, we’re diving into their summer wardrobes.

French It girls such as Leia Sfez, Claire Most, and Anne-Laure Mais seem to line their closets with many of the coolest pieces of the season and are always providing inspiration for the key pieces to own. Right now, their wardrobes are serving as inspiration for how to perfect the ultimate French-girl summer wardrobe. If you're ready to update your new-season outfits with some key buys, keep reading to see the eight pieces that define French summer style, and then shop our favorite pieces.

Summer Dress

A cool summer dress doesn’t require a lot of accessories. Do it the French way by throwing on some gold jewelry, and you’re good to go. 

Pretty strappy dresses are a summer must-buy.

Throw on a pair of flats or heels, depending on the occasion.

Structured Bag

Add a classic structured bag to your wardrobe year-round. French girls take this bag style with them everywhere.

The cool hardware makes this a unique pick.

Forget digging through your purse—a structured bag makes finding your belongings so much easier.

Crop Tops

Basic tees are now being replaced by fashion-forward crop tops.

This French brand knows a thing or two about wardrobe basics.

Wear this with a pair of slouchy trousers.

Cat-Eye Sunglasses

Cat-eye sunglasses are an effortless way to perfect a vintage look. Match a pair of retro white sunnies with a timeless statement blouse. 

Transparent shades are an easy way to lighten your look.

Wear these retro-influenced sunglasses with high-waisted jeans and a white tee.

Printed Swimsuits

French girls are opting for printed swimsuits this summer. Look out for fun prints like gingham.

Wear this bikini with platform sandals.

Shop the matching Ruffle Bikini Bottoms ($66).

I'm loving the floral print on this suit.


Look for skirts with super-micro hemlines. This is the ultimate going-out piece, and honestly, the shorter, the better.

Style this with an oversize button-down.

Wear this skirt with a breezy white top.

Style this with a padded-shoulder T-shirt.

Relaxed Trousers

Relaxed trousers are carving themselves out to be a fashion-insider staple, and there are so many cool takes you can try out.

Just add a bodysuit and thong heels.

Platform Sandals

Platform sandals were basically made for summer. I recommend wearing them with absolutely everything.

Next, shop 31 Under-$150 Summer Dresses That Are Peak Fashion.

This post was published at an earlier date and has since been updated.