You Won't Catch French Girls Wearing These Jeans

It's hard not to be inspired by French-girl fashion. With their nonchalant style and enviable wardrobes, they’ve mastered casual-cool. We've already done some digging to break down exactly how to get their summer wardrobes and what they're packing in their suitcases. But one of the most interesting things about stylish French girls might be the timelessness of their outfits. The looks they're wearing today could just as easily have been worn by, say, Jane Birkin or Brigitte Bardot—seriously.

Perhaps the best example of this comes down to the jeans they're wearing and the styles you won't see them in. Scroll through Instagram, and you won't see them in anything too trend-driven like lace-up jeans or extreme flares. Instead, they gravitate toward vintage jeans and retro-inspired styles.

If you want to tap into their denim style, the rules are simple. First, opt for straight-leg silhouettes. Levi’s 501 jeans are a great baseline—the flattering cut is one you can find in any French girl's closet. Next, consider the wash. Anything from light blue to indigo to black makes the cut, but steer away from anything jarring like an acid wash. Finally, get some styling inspiration from their looks. You can't go wrong with a simple button-down and Chanel cap-toe slingbacks, or a breezy summer blouse with cat-eye sunglasses and espadrilles. Très chic.

Keep reading to see how French girls are styling their denim, and then shop for our favorite vintage-inspired jeans from Rouje, Re/Done, Reformation, and more.