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The key pieces you need to nail ‘French girl style’

The key pieces you need to nail ‘French girl style’

Picture of three models on a background of the Eiffel Tower
French women are known for their style (Picture: Getty/& Other Stories/Djerf Avenue/Sezane)

If there is someone’s style we are always trying to emulate, it’s the French girl.

Chic, understated and effortless, it has become the basis for many women’s wardrobes.

The reason for this is how beautifully simple it is.

There are no bells and whistles, scary prints or clashing colours – everything is muted yet sexy.

All the pieces a French woman owns are classics: meant to be kept, worn and cherished forever.

There is nothing trend-led about any of the garments.

Some key items to have include a great structured blazer, a fantastic pair of jeans and a solid white shirt.

From there you have your base.

You can then introduce pops of colour like French women do, through your bags and accessories.

Meanwhile, you should always have a pair of ballet flats in your arsenal.

So to get you started on your French girl journey, here are 11 pieces that will help you nail the look.

Djerf Avenue Blazer

Grey oversized blazer
Throw on and go (Picture: Djerf Avenue)

Get it for £159 at Djerf Avenue.

& Other Stories white shirt

White shirt from & Other Stories
A white shirt is forever (Picture: & Other Stories)

Get it for £65 at & Other Stories.

Agolde 90s pinch waist jeans

Agolde jeans in light wash
A good pair of jeans is a must (Picture: Agolde)

Get them for £197 at Revolve.

Coline ballerina pumps

Black ballerina pumps
Ballerina pumps are back (Picture: Rouje)


San Sebastian handbag

Green padded handbag
French style is muted but a pop of colour is welcomes in accessories (Picture: Beauabea)

Get it for £45 at Beaubea.

H&M trench coat

H&M Trench coat
Wear with anything (Picture: H&M)

Get it for £59.99 at H&M.

Lucille midi dress

Black midi dress
French girls know a great dress will bring you anywhere (Picture: Sezane)

Get it for £110 at Sezane.

Charles & Keith heeled sandals

White strappy sandals
Classic and timeless (Picture: Charles & Keith)

Get them for £49 at Charles & Keith.

Double strap basket bag

basket bag with brown straps
A French girl must have (Picture: Mango)

Get it for £35.99 at Mango.

ASOS Design mid-square sunglasses

Black square sunglasses
No outfit is complete without a pair of sunglasses (Picture: ASOS)

Get them for £12 at ASOS.

Arket crew neck t-shirt

Basic white t-shirt worn over black pants
A white t-shirt will take you anywhere (Picture: Arket)

Get it for £15 at Arket.