French Girls Don't Actually Wear These "French-Girl Trends"

You're probably aware that Americans have a very specific perception of "French-girl style." A gamine, Amélie-esque girl probably comes to mind, right? As adorable as she is, not all French women are out to emulate the character that Audrey Tautou made famous, so we decided to go straight to the source to find out which stereotypical "French-girl trends" make cool French girls cringe.

Among our panel of cool French girls are Parisian journalist Sabina Socol, jeweler and photographer Adeline Rapon, style blogger Sarah Nait, and illustrator and blogger Tokyobanhbao. We presented each of them with the same question: Which of the common French-girl style stereotypes are wrong? As we suspected, they had some thoughts. Among the themes, two stood out: berets and ballet flats (plus more than one mention of baguettes…).

Read on to find out what four cool French girls have to say about the most ubiquitous "French-girl trends" and shop pieces that cool French girls would actually wear.