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French Girl Starter Kit

French Girl Starter Kit

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The term French girl style, or je ne sais quois, feels like an easy catchall, but it’s hard to deny that French women do, in fact, just have it going on. We’ve broken it down to what we’re affectionately referring to as our French Girl Starter Kit—the key pieces you need in your closet to get the job done.

  • French Girl Starter Kit

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  • French Girl Starter Kit
  • French Girl Starter Kit
  • Sharp-Shouldered Blazer + White-Button Down A tailored blazer is the easiest way to look pulled together even when you’re wearing jeans and a t-shirt. Meanwhile, a white button-down has a borrowed-from-him appeal when its worn a bit oversized.

    ANN TAYLOR Relaxed Longline Blazer,Ann Taylor, $159 ; MAISON ULLENS Button Down Blouse, goop, $650
  • French Girl Starter Kit

    Cult of the
    Everyday Red Lip
    An instant mood-lifter.

    KOSAS Weightless Lip Color, goop, $28
  • French Girl Starter Kit
  • French Girl Starter Kit

    Bold Sunnies Muse to everyone from David Bowie to Mick Jagger, Francois Hardy approached fashion somewhat systematically, her style started with a winged eye and ended with a boot. For day, add a borrowed-from-him shirt and oversized sunnies for androgynous charm.

    DIOR Black Diorizon 2 Sunglasses, Ssense, $362
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    Compact Cross-Body A hands-free, trend-proof version is always the way to go, plus you want something with a bit of texture (suede) and subtle hardware (tiny gold studs) that will elevate jeans without feeling too fussy.

    CHLOÉ Pixie Textured-Leather and Suede Shoulder Bag, NET-A-PORTER, $1,550
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    Stacked-Heel Boot This particular pair was designed in Paris by our go-to footwear designer Laurence Dacade, and what we love about them is that they hit just below the calf, with a stacked heel that’s comfy even when you’re running around all day. They’ve got the slightest Western air to them, but are still seriously sexy when worn over a skinny jean.

    LAURENCE DACADE Peter Boot, goop, $868
  • French Girl Starter Kit
  • French Girl Starter Kit

    La Marinière What started as a seaman’s go-to rose to popularity thanks to the likes of Brigitte Bardot, Coco Chanel, and even Pablo Picasso (the artist often wore his while working on the French seaside). And while a true marinière must feature 20 navy blue stripes 10 millimeters wide spaced 20 millimeters apart, we’re a fan of just about any sailor stripe for its wear-now, wear-forever appeal.

    ANN TAYLOR Striped Knit Top, Ann Taylor, $50
  • French Girl Starter Kit
  • French Girl Starter Kit

    Year-Round White Denim Because, really, one-half of the French girl styling equation involves year-around white denim. (The other half involves stripes.)

    MOTHER The Dropout Jeans, goop, $198
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    Pointy Heel You’ll never have to worry about looking overdressed when you team a kitten heel with your favorite jeans or cigarette pants.

    PAUL ANDREW Carpathian Kitten Heel, goop, $795
  • French Girl Starter Kit
  • French Girl Starter Kit

    Pendant Necklace Consider this an heirloom-style jewel that adds a touch of sparkle, without stealing the show.

    CARTIER Cactus De Cartier Necklace, Cartier, $4,200
  • French Girl Starter Kit
  • French Girl Starter Kit

    Little Black Dress The ultimate closet workhorse: la Parisienne’s LBD is demure, but hits all the right notes, particularly when it’s cinched at the waist and falls below the knee. Skip accessories in favor of a swipe of red lipstick.

    TIBI Sophia Dress, goop, $895
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