In My Dreams, I'm Vacationing Like a French Girl: The Buys Defining the Look

Sure, everyone goes on vacation, but when the French embark on their getaways, it's just different. True to the stereotype that French girls exude another level of chic, their resort wardrobes have also followed suit this season. From their elegant swimwear to effortless daytime outfits, my favorite French fashion people have mastered how to look sophisticated on vacation, which is exactly how I want to dress right about now. 

Although I currently don't have some exotic trip planned, I'm keeping notes just in case my moment appears. After browsing the feeds of stylish French women, I've gathered up the key pieces defining their vacation aesthetics this year. With timeless swimsuits and kitschy designer accessories, here's how to level up your resort looks the French way.

Black Bikinis



One thing about French girls is they love a classic. Surprise, surprise, a black bikini is one of the key pieces of swimwear they're packing for dips in the Mediterranean.  

Tube Dresses

The '90s dress icon has been a favorite among stylish French girls for the summer, and it's not hard to understand why—it's a one-and-done piece that is simple, cool, and minimal. 



Vacation life is all about being as relaxed and carefree as possible. A sarong strikes the balance between chic and comfortable, so you don't have to change between dips in the Aegean and drinks by the beach. 

Chanel Accessories

Chanel is beloved by many, but the French have a particular affinity for the fashion house. I've noticed that a few Parisians, in particular, carry fun Chanel accessories like handbags and earrings featuring bright colors and gleaming details.

Statement One-Pieces



One-pieces are seasonless, which fits right into the French-girl aesthetic of embracing items that will withstand trends. This year, I've noticed a shift toward statement suits that offer up a dash of interest, like a small cutout there or a cool strap here.



Think vintage Pucci and Missoni-style prints that are sophisticated yet fun. French girls love to style a printed skirt like this with a basic white tank and sandals.