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The Easiest Recipe For French Girl Style

Je ne sais quoi. Channel your inner Francoise Hardy and Jane Birkin with our breakdown of the quintessential French girl look.
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We can all agree that the French know style. They don’t own it, but they certainly know it. After all, these are the people who gave us the words “chic”, “couture” and the phrase “je ne sais quoi. From Francoise Hardy to Charlotte Gainsbourg (technically half French, but we’re counting her in) to Lily-Rose Depp (also half French), many across the years have pursued that quintessential French girl style. Funnily enough, many of these “French girl style” icons aren’t all French – Jane Birkin, for example, is English – further supporting the fact that contrary to its name, French girl style is for everyone.

The best way to describe the French girl style is “effortless”. It just looks so effortless, even if the behind-the-scenes work wasn’t. But no one needs to know about that. It starts with a perfectly scraggly bedhead and typically ends with a pair of no-nonsense boots. Red lipstick optional, but highly recommended.

A lot of that effortlessness comes from sticking to the classics (and not owning a comb), but it also stems from knowing exactly what works for the body. Comfort and a stroke of androgyny are seemingly key. We’re not saying no to skirts and dresses, but for the power ladies above (both French and French at heart), pants are the default. Without further ado, here’s the easiest recipe to channelling your inner Gainsbourg and our top picks for each ingredient. Allons-y!

 

INGREDIENTS:

1 pair of waisted straight leg jeans (shop it here, here and here)

1 black flared trousers, cropped to full-length (shop it here, here and here)

1 white shirt, oversized (shop it herehere and here)

1 black blazer, menswear cut (shop it here, here and here)

1 trench coat, oversized (shop a whole bunch here)

5 turtlenecks, including black and neutrals (shop it here, here and here)

1 pair of black boots, mid-heeled (shop it herehere and here)

1 black biker leather jacket (shop all our favourites here)

1 basket bag, small to medium (shop it here, here and here)

Several coats of red lipstick to taste

Optional: Bangs, bed hair, black wide-brimmed hat, beret, baguette, bicycles

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