French summer style for under $100

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Stylish French women always look fancy and polished to me, but the truth is, this isn’t such a tough look to pull off for cheap, because its building blocks are all really classic pieces.

It doesn’t get a whole lot more prototypically French than a navy-and-white striped tee, and this one is very nearly perfect.

I like this button-down shirt because the proportions are slightly shrunken for a more feminine shape.

The French women whose style I admire rarely seem to wear anything too tight, and I am all in favor of that; a pair of classic straight leg Levi’s seem exactly right.

 

 

Likewise, their trousers are always admirably slouchy—these are nicely tailored and really sharp.

 

OK, I lied a tiny bit in the headline, because these flats are just a hair above $100, but I love how un-prissy they are (I’ve got a thing about feeling prissy in flats) and they come in a kaleidoscope of colors. And here’s a pointy toe pair that actually is under $100, if you want to look like the woman pictured above.

This pair of clean-lined tan sandals with criss-cross straps would look fantastic with a lipstick red pedicure.

And if you’re craving footwear with some height, you could do worse than these cute espadrilles.

A straw market basket is ideal for the beach or the greenmarket, or for just kicking around.

This super-simple and unadorned crossbody bag has absolutely no hardware, and is big enough to fit the essentials.

These sunglasses strike me as very Catherine Deneuve.

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    Elle
    28 May 2019
    9:10am

    Yes to all this <3

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    Michele
    28 May 2019
    10:05am

    Sigh. I’ve wanted a par of Wedgie Levi’s forever but sadly can’t wear a rise higher than 9″. They need to start making them in a petite cut with a 32 waist, lol. But, I do have those espadrilles in white. Waiting for a warm day when it’s not raining!

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      Karen
      28 May 2019
      6:55pm

      Are you my twin?? A 9″ rise is my limit too (I can’t wait till the super high rise fad dies). I’m also a 14P/32 waist and wish we had more of a selection in pants/jeans.

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        Mary
        28 May 2019
        8:06pm

        I think I’ve reached the same conclusion about high-rises. While I’m decidedly appreciative of having various areas sucked in, this rise is simply not flattering on me.

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    Gablesgirl
    28 May 2019
    8:59pm

    Those Everlane slip ons have marched around Mexico and England with me. They are amazing travel shoes. Easy to pack and go with everything.

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    Kathi
    28 May 2019
    11:39am

    Love love love this look.

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    lc
    28 May 2019
    12:14pm

    That Madewell bag caught my eye, then I realized it’s almost identical to a classic Coach style from the 70s-80s that I fell in love with as a teenager and could never afford until I found one at a thrift store several years ago. Time to dig that out again! Now I just need to replace the strap …

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    c.w.
    28 May 2019
    8:26am

    Helpful hint…I was on the Levi’s page trying to order the jeans and the order wouldn’t go through until I realized that I had to click on the “length” as well as the waist size even though there is only one length posted. (I am sooooo slow)

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    c.w.
    28 May 2019
    8:14am

    (sigh) Looking like a put together French woman––a goal for us all. Those Levis are pretty much perfect. Ordering. I don’t own the Everlane flat, but I have heard from friends who do that it is an extremely comfortable shoe.

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    Mary
    28 May 2019
    9:43pm

    I’m hardly original for saying this but I love French style. I was in Bordeaux a couple of years ago and all I wanted to do was people watch!

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    Sarah
    28 May 2019
    9:28pm

    Where is the top photo from? That’s a pretty much perfect outfit.

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