Since the dawn of time, it seems like everyone wants to dress like a French girl. And who can blame them? Whether it’s the perfectly imperfectly coiffed hair or relaxed approach to style—there’s something highly enigmatic and effortless that makes us all want to capture it for ourselves.
By now the established archetype has been studied, analyzed, and reported on ad nauseam that we all pretty much understand its key elements: the basket bag, the cropped sweater, slim fitted jeans, mary-jane heels, etc. All those things were the first to pop into my head too until I ran across a group of cool women who’ve shattered all I thought I knew about French girl style.
Like the new generation of experimental and adventurous French designers, these tastemakers similarly adopt an edgy take on the classic style with a new array of trends and perspectives—think Marine Serre, Jacquemus and Coperni. Ahead, I’m running through the five key pieces that define the look, as well as shopping recommendations if you’re out to give it a try.