Pack These Items in Your Suitcase and You're Practically French

Have you ever wanted to get a glimpse inside a French girl’s suitcase and see an up-close look at exactly which essentials they’re packing for a summer getaway? Yeah, us too. With their effortless style and easy approach to fashion, French girls have pretty much mastered cool vacation outfits.

Curious to find out the top items they pack and how we can tap into their style, we went straight to the source and asked some of the most stylish French girls we know to share what lies inside their travel bags. While pieces like espadrilles and breezy dresses were high on their lists, they each have a specific take on their vacation must-haves and the pieces they wouldn’t travel without. So what are the items they always pack in their suitcases?

Keep reading to find out and shop the pieces they told us they’re packing this summer.

Anne-Laure Mais
French girl



“I always have some beauty products like Cicalfate from Avène, the Tom Ford Neroli Portofino perfume, and Dior lip glow balm. I always have a pair of Castañer espadrilles and K. Jacques sandals, my vintage Levis shorts, a lot of flower dresses from Réalisation Par or Reformation, and Matteau and Eres bikinis.”

The ideal dress for a summer holiday.

Available in sizes XXS to XL.

Wear these with everything from jean shorts to floral dresses.

Available in sizes IT35 to IT41.

This style also comes in green.

Available in sizes XS to XL.

These never go out of style.

Available in sizes IT35 to IT41.

Anne-Laure Mais’s favorite perfume for vacation.

Sabina Socol
French girl wardrobe



“Whenever I travel for summer holidays, there are some go-to pieces that I can’t go without. That includes a swimsuit, of course. I like to bring outfits that can be worn during the day and go through the night, especially midi dresses or skirts with light tops. I also always bring one pair of jean shorts or a skirt to wear with different tops or a swimsuit if it’s really too hot outside. As for the shoes, I usually bring three pairs of flats to wear during the day, and a pair of high heels, sandals, or wedge espadrilles to wear at night with my floral dresses. Beauty-wise, a good SPF, an after-sun cream, my lipstick, and my perfume are my only must-haves. I never wear any makeup during the holidays. And, of course, a good book like Chanson Douce by Leila Slimani.”

This swimsuit style is French girl–approved.

Available in sizes 38 to 48.

Wear this with straight-leg jeans.

Available in sizes XXS to L.

Wear this for a day of exploring.

Available in sizes 2 to 12.

Perfect for pairing with summer dresses.

Available in sizes 35 to 42.

Sarah Nait
French girl wardrobe



“I have five favorite pieces that you will always find in my suitcase. A pair of vintage Levi’s shorts, a pair of Birkenstocks, my Borsalino, a classic linen white shirt, and an airy silk dress. Those are my essentials because they are very versatile—you can wear them both day and night.”

Lightweight for hot, sunny days.

Available in sizes 6UK to 12UK.

The ultimate summer staple.

Available in sizes 25 to 30.

A cool upgrade on the classic shoe.

Available in sizes 5 to 12.

Finished with a pop of color.

Available in sizes S to L.

The red and blue polka dots were practically made for summer.

Available in sizes 36 to 40.

Kenza Sadoun-el Glaoui
French girl wardrobe



“This summer, I’m going to Greece. I always bring denim shorts, fluid blouses, cotton T-shirts, a few light dresses, wedge shoes, a wicker basket, and a few books.”

Wear yours with jean shorts.

Available in size L.

Your next vacation is the best time to try out the sneakerdrille trend.

Available in sizes 6 to 10.

Try this affordable style.

Available in one size.

Aude Sarkamari
French girl wardrobe



“The first thing that I put in my suitcase for a summer vacation are my swimsuits. Then I’m careful not to forget my sunglasses and a summer hat. After all those essentials, I pack evening dresses, lace tops, shorts, jumpsuits, and espadrilles, of course.”

Style yours with a pair of espadrilles.

Available in sizes 34 to 38.

A French-girl vacation staple.

Available in sizes 5 to 11.

Wear a hat with everything from dresses to swimsuits.

Available in sizes S to L.

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