So You Want French-Girl Style? Don't Forget This

We've spent years observing, studying, analyzing, and demystifying French Girl style, and at this point, the collective public seems to have a fairly good sense of what comprises their wardrobes and outfits. Think slinky slip tops, peeks of lace here and there, silk blouses, lots of Levi's denim, frilly-hem sundresses, ballet flats, espadrilles, T-shirts, blazers, stripes, a great pair of metallic heels, and so on. But we've noticed something recently that nobody seems to have shone the spotlight on: All of Paris's coolest It girls wear one distinct and recognizable piece of jewelry—a gold pendant necklace.

They all have one, and they all wear it every single day. It's specifically gold, not silver, and it's a circular shape on a thin chain. The gold medallion is sleek, simple, and classic, but it pops and draws your eye straight to it. Whether against bare skin with a floral blouse, bikini, or dress or over the top of a T-shirt, turtleneck, or sweater, it provides a little bit of flash while not overpowering. The best part is that it's not a rare piece of jewelry we could only dream of obtaining—whether you scour flea markets, eBay, or Etsy for cool vintage options or snag one at a more mainstream retailer, it's easy to replicate the look.

Just take a look through this slideshow to see how wildly versatile, chic, and cool the piece of jewelry looks on France's most in-demand It girls, and then shop a gold pendant chain for yourself.