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The French-Girl Starter Kit

Written by: the Editors of goop

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Updated: August 31, 2022

Fashion editor: Sandra Slusarczyk

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Street style photos courtesy of Sandra Semburg

French-girl style: The term is ubiquitous but hard to define—perhaps that’s why so many definitions lean hard on the phrase “je ne sais quoi.” The truth is, this particular brand of effortless chic is less about specific pieces and more about how you wear them: with confidence and intentionality. That said, there are certain nonnegotiables, like Breton stripes, a sleek black dress, and a killer pair of jeans. Ahead, your French-girl-style crib sheet.

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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). A true marinière has 20 navy-blue stripes, each 10 millimeters wide, spaced 20 millimeters apart, but sailor stripes of any…stripe have a classic buy-now, wear-forever appeal.

G. label marney french-striped shirt, goop, $245

  1. Model posing
  2. G. label marney french-striped shirt

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GOOD JEANS

A key component of the French-girl styling equation: a great pair of jeans. Go for something in a season-spanning wash with well-placed rear pockets—not too far apart, not too close together, but juuust right.

Celine jeans, Celine, $1,150; citizens of humanity jeans, goop, $238

  1. Celine jeans

3

BOLD SUNNIES

We love the mod-like vibe of these black oval frames—they manage to be simple and striking at the same time.

Celine sunglasses, Celine, $510

  1. Céline, $510

4

IT BAG

This one is, in a word, parfait. You want something with a bit of texture (quilting) and subtle hardware (chain strap) that will elevate any outfit without feeling too fussy.

What goes around comes around CHANEL bag, goop, $6,550

  1. What goes around comes around CHANEL bag

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SHARP-SHOULDERED BLAZER

A tailored blazer is the easiest way to make an outfit look put-together, even if it’s just jeans and a T-shirt.

maria mcmanus blazer, goop, $1,090

  1. maria mcmanus blazer
  2. maria mcmanus blazer

The Five-Minute French-Girl Uniform

Some shoes are so iconic, you can build an entire outfit around them. Case in point: Chanel slingbacks. Just add stripes (to pick up on the black), a cute miniskirt (we love this one’s utilitarian details), and minimal makeup (click here for tips from Chanel’s first-ever brow artist, Jimena Garcia).

CELINe jacket, Celine, $2,800; westman atelier brow PENCIL, goop, $38; matin miniskirt, goop, $470; CHANEL SLINGBACKS, Chanel, $1,000

  1. CELINe jacket
  2. westman atelier brow PENCIL
  3. matin miniskirt
  4. CHANEL SLINGBACKS

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LITTLE BLACK DRESS

The ultimate closet workhorse: A Parisienne’s LBD is demure but hits all the right notes, particularly when it has a square neckline and a coquettish thigh-skimming hem.

CIAO LUCIA DRESS, goop, $280

  1. CIAO LUCIA DRESS
  2. CIAO LUCIA DRESS

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LEATHER TROUSERS

Think of these as your sartorial secret weapon—they lend an edge to any look without reading full-on rock-and-roll.

AGOLDE PANTS, goop, $348

  1. AGOLDE PANTS

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MATCHING SET

About as effortless as it gets. Don’t ruin it by overthinking the accessories—the sunglasses and handbag from above will do.

The frankie shop shirt, The Frankie Shop, $185; The frankie shop boxer, The Frankie Shop, $109

  1. Model Posing
  2. The Frankie Shop
  3. The Frankie Shop

9

EVERYDAY RED LIP

Tip: Use a lip brush to create precisely defined edges, or dab it on with your fingertip for a beautifully diffused stain.

westman atelier lip suede, goop, $85

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  2. westman atelier lip suede

10

CLASSIC CARDIGAN

With its ivory trim and brushed-brass buttons, this G. Label sweater reads polished and ladylike.

G. Label hadley tipped cardigan, goop, $675

  1. G. Label hadley tipped cardigan

11

BALLET FLATS

Flats are to the French what white sneakers are to Americans: a staple shoe that will stand the test of time and trend.

the row FLATS, The Row, $790; AEYDE FLATS, goop, $295

  1. the row FLATS
  2. AEYDE FLATS

12

CRISP BUTTON-UP

Worn a bit oversize, a button-up has a sexy, borrowed-from-him appeal. (Bonus points if it’s French blue.)

maria mcmanus shirt, goop, $480

  1. maria mcmanus shirt