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French Girl is a fashion aesthetic that revolves around the stereotypical dress of French (particularly Parisian) women and girls. It originated in the 1950s. It was revived around 2014 and remains popular in mainstream media.

History

The first wave of the French Girl aesthetic began around 1957 with the popularity of the Left Bank "Beat" style worn by artists and poets, and lasted to the 1970s.

A second wave of the French Girl aesthetic began around 2014 with Vogue magazine producing tons of articles on the habits, food, makeup, and clothes loved by French Girls. The articles went beyond images and brand names and many offered "secret tips." Emphasis was placed on the effortlessness of French Girl style, in contrast to the more American obsession with perfection achieved through layers of makeup, complicated diets, and extensive workout routines.

Visuals

  • berets
  • cobblestone streets
  • crisp white shirts
  • fresh flowers
  • fresh bread

Fashion

Clothes

  • berets
  • silk scarves
  • black bras
  • black tights
  • striped t-shirts
  • vintage or vintage inspired graphic t-shirts
  • white button down shirts
  • satin slip dresses
  • floral print cotton dresses - usually red with white flowers
  • leather jackets
  • leather skirts
  • skinny jeans
  • matchstick pants
  • loafers
  • ballet flats
  • ankle boots
  • white sneakers

Makeup and Hair

  • red lipstick
  • bob haircut
  • shoulder length hair with bangs
  • natural makeup or no makeup at all

Stores

  • A.P.C.
  • Gaâla
  • Isabel Marant
  • Keur Paris
  • Lanvin
  • Monoprix
  • Pierre Hardy
  • Princess Tam Tam
  • Repetto
  • Rouje
  • The Kooples

Food and drinks

  • baguettes
  • croissants
  • dark chocolate
  • hot chocolate
  • grapes
  • café crème
  • wine
  • champagne
  • black tea
  • fresh squeezed orange juice
  • omelets
  • oysters
  • ceviche
  • carpaccio
  • Brie cheese
  • fresh fruit and vegetables
  • grilled salmon
  • roasted chicken

Media

Movies

  • Amelie (2001)
  • Betty Blue (1986)
  • Funny Face (1957)

TV Shows

  • Emily in Paris (2020-)
  • Killing Eve (2018-2022)

Music

  • Edith Piaf
  • Carla Bruni
  • MIKA

Activities

Exercise

The French Girl is famous for being thin despite not utilizing intense workouts, Instead French Girls participate in other activities to burn calories.

  • walking
  • riding a bicycle
  • yoga

Leisure Activities

  • visiting museums and galleries
  • hosting dinner parties
  • reading
  • photography
  • shopping in vintage stores

Notable Figures

1920s

  • Coco Chanel

1950s

  • Audrey Hepburn

1960s

  • Brigitte Bardot
  • Françoise Hardy

1970s

  • Jane Birkin

1980s

  • Inès de La Fressange
  • Vanessa Paradis

2000s

  • Audrey Tautou

2010s

  • Clémence Poésy
  • Léa Seydoux

Fictional Characters

  • Camille in Emily in Paris (2020)
  • Madeleine Swann (Léa Seydoux) in Spectre (2015) and No Time To Die (2021)

Gallery

Resources

Blogs

Books

  • How to be Parisian Wherever You Are by Anne Berest
  • Parsian Charm School by Jamie Cat Callan

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