Let’s face it: When it comes to fashion, France has the pick of It Girls. With muses and icons like Jane Birkin, Brigitte Bardot, Inès de la Fressange, and Clémence Poésy, how can we not suffer from Francophilia? And more importantly, what is the secret to that bafflingly effortless, incredibly chic sense of style? We rounded up 11 of our favorite icons and broke down their go-to looks to translate that je ne sais quoi once and for all.
Let's be serious: It all begins (and ends, really) with Coco Chanel. But while many remember the icon for her classic suits and penchant for tweed and pearls, they also forget that her taste was revolutionary for women in the 20th century. This getup highlights her sense of daring—mixed prints and textures? How modern! How chic! Just don't forget the pearls—and your Chanel bag.
Tory Burch A-line Skirt, out of stock; farfetch.com
Fine Collection Linen Crop Tee, $91; otteny.com
Anthropologie Rose-Capped Oxfords, $228; anthropologie.com
Lanvin Pearl Gloria Multistrand Necklace, $1,745; barneys.com
Chanel Vintage Quilted Cross Body Bag, $4,987.70; farfetch.com