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.