What All the Cool French Girls Are Wearing on Instagram, in 10 Perfect Outfits

We know chic is the most overused word in fashion, but French girls really are, aren’t they? Paris has been at the center of style for centuries. It is the birthplace of storied fashion houses like Chanel, Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, and many more, so is it any wonder the women have style running through their veins? If you’re anything like us, your inspo boards are full of icons like Brigitte Bardot, Jane Birkin, and Lou Doillon, their outfits all worn with an air of that effortless je ne sais quoi.

It may sound like a stereotype, but French women never play too hard into trends, instead preferring signatures pieces that don’t date. However, it shouldn't be presumed that this more reliable method of getting dressed results in the same outfits every year: In 2018, there are subtle nuances and updates that bring some classic ideas into the new but also push the Parisian code a little further than before. Blame it on the rise of global style via Instagram, but the concept of French outfits is more varied than the Breton-jeans-blazer combo you may be used to.

Here at Who What Wear, we can spot a French style star a mile off, so we looked to our favorite French influencers whose stylish feeds are full of quintessentially Parisian looks of the modern variety. So even if you’re not strutting down the Seine, your outfit can still make it seem like you are.

CREAM TAILORING + DAINTY ACCESSORIES

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Adenorah

Anne-Laure Mais in this cream jumpsuit has “still from a vintage movie” written all over it (we're getting Ingrid Bergman in Casablanca vibes.) What is it about this relaxed but no-less-chic style that French girls do so well? The head to-toe-beige is really set off by the black skinny belt and leopard heels. Utility never looked so good.

The vintage style of this blouse has that relaxed, laid-back feel French girls love. This should be one of your wardrobe staples.

Available in sizes XS to L.

Go for a cropped trouser like Anne-Laure's. You wouldn't want to hide your fashionable footwear now, would you?

Available in sizes 0 to 10.

We could imagine styling these up with so many different outfits. 

ONE NEUTRAL COLOR PALETTE, HEAD TO TOE

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Emilie Brunette

Emilie Brunette makes a case for head-to-toe color here in her chic camel-colored look. This is peak French-girl style—the simplicity of her Zara top perfectly set off by her trending accessories. That straw hat just makes the look, but you don't have to be French to try the trend. Why not add some headwear to your holiday look? We love that Emilie's rocking tan head to toe, even down to her Sézane shoes. Bonus points if you can find a Vespa to match your look.

We can't get enough of this tan shade.

Available in sizes 0 to 10.

Add a hat to your vacay look and voilà! An instant air of French-girl chic.

Available in sizes XS to L.

French girls know the importance of good tailoring, whether you add a white shirt or cropped tee—start with this staple and build your look around.

Available in sizes 34 to 44.

THE FITTED JUMPSUIT

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Adenorah

Is it the French bistro setting or the stylish check of the Musier Paris jumpsuit? Either way, we want in. Adenorah knows that a belted jumpsuit is the epitome of laid-back cool. Very oh, I just threw this on. We spy some sunglasses too—make yours cat-eye style (a French-girl favorite.)  

If you don't have some gingham in your wardrobe yet, what are you waiting for?

Available in sizes 0 to 14.

SLIP SKIRT + COLLARED SHIRT + HEELS

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Life of Boheme

We told you this skirt was going to be huge this summer. Life of Boheme's Marta Cygan lets the print do the talking, keeping the rest of her outfit simple—French girls are never OTT. Pairing a leopard print with a classic white shirt is genius. Make sure its slightly oversize and androgynous, a look French women work so well. 

The pearl sleeve detail on this shirt ensures its anything but basic.

Available in sizes S to L.

 

Okay, so the Reformation skirt might be sold out, but Aéryne has you covered with this ruffle-detail beauty.

Available in sizes XS to L.

One tip to take from these stylish ladies? Don't let your footwear be an afterthought. These Perspex heels are trending, plus they go with so many looks. 

SUIT + NOTHING UNDERNEATH

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Syana from Paris

Whilst the black cigarette pantsuit is a French-girl style staple, swap it for a pastel version for summer. We love that Parisienne blogger Syana Laniyan has kept her neckline bare—a small detail that makes this look extra stylish. A pastel suit is the perfect wedding guest attire if you’re not into dresses.

Pair this baby blue blazer with the matching trousers or with a pair of white jeans for an effortless look.

Available in sizes 0 to 12.

Nothing says summer like pastel pants.

Available in sizes 0 to 12.

WHITE BLOUSE + LIGHTJEANS + GLARE

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Life of Boheme

Marta Cygan knows when it comes to a winning outfit, the devil's often in the details. Whilst this may seem the easiest of get-ups at first glance, it has cool components. The slight puff sleeve of the shirt, trending button style, and resin hoops make this look très jolie. The little French bob does help—anyone for a trim all in the name of style?

The button blouse trend isn't going anywhere.

Available in sizes 2 to 8.

Every wannabe French girl needs a great pair of jeans like this.

Available in sizes 24 to 31.

These resin hoops look 10 times their price tag.

BRETON + UNEXPECTEDLY LOUD TROUSERS

The striking pink jeans set against the relaxed tee and the stylish leather plimsolls are all topped off here with Louise Follain's classic French fringe—that perfectly parted style that makes even the simplest of outfits look instantly better. 

You say cliché; we say wardrobe staple.

Available in sizes 2 to 14.

Switch up your denim for summer. We say think pink.

Available in sizes 24 to 33.

We love when we don't have to compromise comfort for style. Hello, comfy flats!

MONOCHROME PRINTS

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Slip Into Style

Slip Into Style's Ellie can always be counted on to give us some outfit inspiration. Is it just us or is there something so very Paris about a monochrome polka-dot dress and sandals? We adore the effortless look of Ellie's Nanushka dress and Yuzefi mini bag. 

This dress would serve for multiple occasions—we're sold.

Available in sizes XS to L.

TEA DRESS + PUMPS

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Jeanne Damas

Jeanne Damas is at the top of our French-girl style crushes. She manages to look as good in jeans and a tee as she does dressed to the nines. Emulate her style with a pretty printed tea dress

Adding a red lip like Jeanne will make this dress pop.

Available in sizes 34 to 42.

CORDS + TEE + BASKET BAG

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Marie Dewet

Marie Dewet is fast becoming our Instagram go-to for casual outfit inspiration. We love how she's working cords in summer by adding a slogan tee and trending basket bag. The French designer's mirror selfies give us weeks worth of outfit ideas—all served with a cool model-off-duty vibe. 

Cords + a slogan tee = a winning combo.

Available in sizes 34 to 40.

This basket bag got the French style memo. Gingham and a bow? Yes, please.

This summer, it's time to embrace your inner Catherine Deneuve.

This post originally appeared on Who What Wear UK.