French Girl

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“Always be fuckable: when standing in line at the bakery on a Sunday morning, buying champagne in the middle of the night, or even picking the kids up from school. You never know.” from How to be Parisian Wherever You Are

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.


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.


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



  • 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
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    Taylor Lashae's iconic bob hairstyle
  • white sneakers

Makeup and Hair

  • red lipstick
  • bob haircut
  • shoulder length hair with bangs (the key to French Girl hair is that it looks slightly wind-ruffled)
  • natural makeup or no makeup at all


  • 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



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

TV Shows

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


  • Edith Piaf
  • Carla Bruni
  • MIKA



Traditionally, the French Girl is famous for being thin despite not utilizing intense workouts, although it is extremely important to note that all bodies are welcome in the French Girl aesthetic! French Girls participate in light, fun activities to stay healthy, such as:

  • walking
  • riding a bicycle
  • yoga

Leisure Activities

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

Notable Figures


  • Coco Chanel


  • Audrey Hepburn


  • Brigitte Bardot
  • Françoise Hardy


  • Jane Birkin


  • Inès de La Fressange
  • Vanessa Paradis


  • Audrey Tautou


  • Clémence Poésy
  • Léa Seydoux


  • Taylor Lashae
  • Léna Situations

Fictional Characters

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




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


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