In the fashion world, the French have become synonymous with style and sophistication. Throughout the years, the term “French Girl Style” has been thrown around in countless fashion magazines, to the point that the term basically speaks for itself Everyone seems to want to know how they can pull off this chic, yet slightly undone look. – and one way to do it is to seek inspiration from actual French women!
To help you do just that, we’re shining a spotlight on five French actresses who nail the sought-after style on a regular basis.
1. Brigitte Bardot
While Brigitte Bardot was an immensely talented actress, she is better known for her beauty and incredible sense of style. The legendary stunner always dressed in a distinctly feminine manner, wearing dainty sundresses, mini-skirts, and ballet flats. She was also known in her heyday to sport chic cropped pants, off-the-shoulder blouses, and wide cloth headbands.
Of course, the actress didn’t become the style legend she’s now known as solely through her wardrobe, though. After all, no Brigitte Bardot look is complete without her signature cat-eye and voluminous hair! The hair can be a little tricky to imitate, but it can certainly be a defining feature of the “French Girl” look.
2. Eva Green
Even in her street clothes, Eva Green exudes old Hollywood glamour. Her most iconic look, however, was in the 2006 film Casino Royale. The model-turned-actress certainly turned heads in her slinky, purple, backless dress (which was even a point of conversation in the script!). It’s only been 13 years since this film’s release and already there’s something of vintage quality to this gorgeous gown and how she wore it. Emergent online poker platforms have gradually stolen the spotlight from the idea of elegant, real-world poker rooms over the years; the very word “poker” now evokes images of computer screens and digital chip counts rather than fancy rooms like the one in which Green so effortlessly stuns in Casino Royale.
It’s only added to the allure and classic quality of the look over time, which in turn has helped turn her into a modern French fashion icon.
3. Julie Delpy
The outfit Julie Delpy wears in Richard Linklater’s acclaimed film Before Sunrise – perhaps her most famous – is quintessentially ‘90s. That being said, there’s something incredibly timeless about this carefree, casual look. Delpy, then just 25 years old, looked absolutely radiant in her black shift dress and tee; it’s no wonder that Ethan Hawke’s character, Jesse, fell in love at first sight!
Delpy’s character, Celine, is just as stylish in the trilogy’s other two films. In Before Sunset, she dons a refined ensemble, consisting of jeans, a black blouse, and a beautiful white jacket. The final film, meanwhile, shows Celine in a super-chic, figure-hugging little black dress. Ultimately we’d have to say it’s a testament to Delpy possessing that special intangible something that she looks equally stylish in all these different outfits.
4. Marion Cotillard
Marion Cotillard looks fabulous no matter the occasion. In addition to being a natural beauty, she consistently demonstrates remarkable style, fluctuating from demure to eccentric. Her best red carpet looks include a mint satin jumpsuit, a gorgeous black embellished gown, a vintage-inspired yellow dress, and an oversized high-neck purple jumper (paired with burgundy leather pants) – quite a mix, we’d say. Despite some of these looks being rather outlandish on their own, Cotillard always manages to make them pop and tends to strike that perfect, decidedly French blend of elegant and relaxed in the process.
5. Audrey Tautou
In the early 2000s, every indie girl wanted to look like Audrey Tautou in Amelie. The actress’s gamine beauty perfectly complemented her character’s quirky style, and that glint in her eye – unfortunately – can’t be learned or imitated. Classic looks from this 2001 film include an elegant black trench coat, a charming polka-dotted cardigan, and a lacy scoop-neck red top. And Tautou’s French bob gave each unique outfit an added sense of elegance.
Follow the footsteps of one of these five, and you’ll have “French Girl Style” down in no time!