How to Dress Like a French Girl

From berets to Breton stripes, here's how our favorite designers interpret classic French girl style on the runways.
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Marc Jacobs Fall/Winter 2020

French girl style will always be sought after, and bingeable Netlix shows like Emily in Paris have reignited our love for quintessential Parisian fashion. From It girl Jeanne Damas' tousled hair and red lips to the elegant yet laid-back wardrobe choices seen on Parisian streets, French fashion has an effortless quality that everyone wants to emulate. Plenty of designers have also looked to French girls as muse, adding Parisian flair into their latest collections. Here, L'OFFICIEL breaks down how to dress like a French girl according to the runways.

The Beret

The beret is a wardrobe piece synonymous with the French. After Coco Chanel popularized the hat as a women's accessory in the 1930s, its been a fashionable staple on and off the runway.

The Breton Stripe

Originally designed for French seamen, the Breton stripe is a favorite of designers Jean Paul Gaultier and Olivier Rousteing of Balmain. Though the classic blue-and-white sweater is its most recognizable interpretation, there are many ways to sport this nautical pattern. 

The Oversized Blazer

The blazer is a piece that can pull together almost any outfit, and opting for menswear-inspired sillhouettes keeps things effortlessly sophisticated.

The Trench Coat

As we start to adjust to colder weather, this versatile piece of outwear is the perfect outer layer. Popularized by icons like Brigitte Bardot, the neutral trench coat is a staple that's here to stay for seasons to come.

The Leather Jacket

If you want to go for something a little more edgy, throwing a leather jacket over a white tee and jeans is the perfect way to go rocker chic.


The Ballet Flat

Although sneakers are a go-to comfort shoe, it's worth adding a few ballet flats to the mix. A demure leather flat is a classic, but Simone Rocha and JW Anderson's fur-adorned footwear showed us that flats can also make a statement.



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