8 Outfits French Girls Would Never Wear to a Wedding

’Tis the season of free-flowing champagne, fancy flower arrangements, and enthusiastic “I dos.” In other words, wedding season is upon us, and we couldn’t be happier. Of course, every wedding invite calls for a chic outfit. If you read Who What Wear regularly, you’ll know we cover plenty of wedding-guest style ideas—from the best brands for dresses to looks for every dress code.

Today we’re focusing on one of our favorite subjects: French-girl style. Curious to see how French and American wedding-guest style differs, we tapped some of our favorite Gallic muses to get their take on what they would and wouldn’t wear to weddings. Unsurprisingly, they live up to their effortlessly chic aesthetic, opting for lower heels, and breaking the mold with pants and tuxedo jackets. Scroll to see what French girls would never wear to a wedding; then see what they’d opt for instead.

Géraldine Boublil: @erinoffduty

“I’d never wear something too showstopping to a wedding. The bride should be the center of attention! I love to wear statement accessories, and if the dress is very feminine, I like to match it with a menswear-inspired tuxedo jacket.”

Marissa Cox: @ruerodier

“I’m not going to say white, as I have actually seen French girls wear white to weddings; instead, I’m going to say that I would never wear platform heels. I maintain my opinion that they’re the absolute opposite of elegance and belong only on stage. I’d wear espadrilles or barely there sandals that aren’t too high instead. You’ve got to be able to dance all night, and French girls are often the life and soul of the party. Also, contrary to popular belief, French girls do like to wear color, so I’d pair the shoes with a bright, happy dress from Rixo, Saloni, Baum und Pferdgarten, or Dôen. I’m wearing a dress from the exclusive My Theresa x Baum und Pferdgarten collection below.”

Anne-Victorie Lefevre: @vikilefevre

“I’d never wear black to a wedding (or white, of course!). It’s a celebration of love, so I’d wear a light color or an interesting print, and I’d play with the fabrics. Shoes are so important too. I can’t live without my Michel Vivien heels. They’re super comfortable.”

Estelle Chemouny: @estellechemouny

“I’d obviously never wear white or any dress that could look like a wedding dress. I’d wear something not too short and not too revealing. Nothing too ‘wow.’”

Clémentine Desseaux: @bonjourclem

“For me, American weddings are so over-the-top it’s getting very close to ridiculous. Bows, matching colors, huge hats, pastels, and floral prints are out. Less is more. Most importantly, I would keep it comfy. No heels so I can dance, stretchy waistband so I can eat, and an extra layer so I can go smoke outside with my glass of wine. Above is a picture of what I wore to cousin’s wedding last summer.”

Louise Damas: @louisedamas

“I’d never wear white to a wedding, of course. I like to wear nice flared suit pants with a silky tank top to change it up from the classic dress.”

Claire Most: @claire_most

“I’d actually never wear flat shoes to a wedding. I’d rather suffer in heels or walk around with bare feet. I think block-heel sandals are perfect for a summer wedding.”