I Keep Spotting French Women in These 6 Affordable Summer Trends

In the style inspiration stakes, the French-girl look will forever be at the top of our list. We never get bored of the plethora of cool-girl outfits that come from this part of the world. Of course, the notion of what constitutes "French style" has changed over time, and no longer exclusively refers to Breton tops and knotted neckerchiefs. Thanks to the democratising powers of Instagram, a new guard has risen up, bringing their own unique interpretations to this classic aesthetic. Let's just say, we're paying attention.

During the winter months, we saw all manner of cool outfits from the likes of Lena Farl and Frann Fyne - and we can't wait to see what's in store for summer. After a bit of digging we've come up with six summer trends, in particular, that we can see cropping up again and again amongst the Gallic girls and will be perfect in your rotation. Every look possesses that classic balance of trend-led and timeless: Think relaxed wide leg trousers and staple retro sunnies. Best of all? Each one can be bought on a budget.

So, if like us, you can't resist the allure of French-girl fashion, scroll down to see the 6 affordable summer trends predicted to be championing this year.

1. Wide Leg Trousers

@frannfyne wearing wide-leg white trousers with a floral shirt

(Image credit: @frannfyne)

Style Notes: While summer may be all about the dresses, for those occassions when there's a slight chill in the air you want to have some trousers to turn to. For a French vibe, you have to go with a wide leg silhouette, particularly when it comes to denim. Styled with a Breton top, a tailored shirt worn open over a simple vest or bustier, they just look so good.

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2. Capri Pants

@camillecharriere wearing capri pants and bandeau top

(Image credit: @camillecharriere)

Style notes: The capri pant is having a major comeback, and French girls are fully backing the trend. Go full throwback by wearing with bandeau tops or oversized shirts.

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3. Mary Janes


(Image credit: @pia_mbd)

Style Notes: As the beholders of classical styles, its no surprise that we've been spotting our Gallic friends turning to the understated Mary Jane.

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4. Lighter Blazers

@estellepigault wearing a blazer and skirt

(Image credit: @estellepigault)

Style Notes: As devoted minimalists, we gravitate towards the reliable blazer almost every year. A timeless way to elevate any ensemble, instantly lifting a simple white t-shirt and jeans or slip dress.

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5. Long Dresses


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Style Notes: Midi and maxi dresses are the perfect British summer piece, easy to layer if the temperature drops yet light and breezy for when the sun appears. The versatility of a flowing dress allows for endless styling options from everyday to event wear.

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6. Retro Sunnies


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Style Notes: The summer months are when we really get to play with shades. According to our stylish friends, retro silhouettes are on the agenda, and have a reserved spot in every French women's handbag.

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

Florrie Alexander
Acting Affiliates Editor

Florrie embarked on her fashion journey while studying French and History at university. Whilst studying in Aix-en-Provence, she began to write her dissertation on the history of fashion and the influence of Haute Couture, and landed her first role at Harper’s Bazaar. Following this, she interned for various publications including Elle, Grazia and Marie Claire before joining the fashion team at Conde Nast Traveller. There, she contributed to international photoshoots, styled pages and covers, and produced engaging digital content.

During a freelance period, Florrie honed her skills in editorial work in various digital and print publications including Vogue Italy and Departures magazine, as well as styling e-commerce photoshoots and personal shopping. Florrie actively pursues an in-depth understanding of fashion and jewellery, and after styling a jewellery cover shoot at Conde Nast Traveller chose to complete the De Beers Diamond Foundation course. Florrie first joined Who What Wear UK as a freelancer before becoming the Commerce Writer, blending both editorial and commercial content. Now, as the Acting Affiliates Editor, she monitors current trends, new-in styles, wardrobe heroes and how best to style them. In her downtime, Florrie can be found in her hometown of London, usually with a coffee in hand.