How to Dress Like a French Girl in Warm Weather

How to Dress Like a French Girl in Warm Weather

As the weather warms up and Paris’ boulevards come alive, so does the wardrobe of fashion-conscious residents. More skin is on display, colorful prints take the stage, and neutral ensembles remain steadfast as style icons. Yet amid the scorching heat, there’s one question that confounds foreigners: How can French girls look so polished without a drop of sweat in sight?

For tourists, beating the heat in style can feel like an impossible feat. After all, heat waves, apartments without air conditioning, and endless walking don’t necessarily equate to effortless chic (blotter, anyone?). I can still remember my first canicule, or heat wave, in Paris. I was on a crowded metro and felt like I was the only person sweating. The French around me seemed cool as cucumbers, and how they managed it was beyond me.

Luckily for you, and after three years in France, I’ve finally cracked the code to staying cool and looking stylish as temperatures rise. These tips are easy to follow and will have you embracing your inner French girl all season long.

Opt for natural fabrics

One of the secrets to achieving the quintessential French girl look in spring and summer is choosing the right fabrics. French women prefer natural fabrics like cotton, silk and linen for their warm weather wardrobe. These fabrics are lightweight, breathable and will keep you feeling cool and comfortable even on the hottest days.

In addition to their cooling properties, natural fabrics also have a classic and timeless look that is synonymous with French style. They drape beautifully and add a touch of effortless elegance to any outfit. They are also the centerpiece of a French girl’s capsule wardrobe. By investing in quality materials that will stand the test of time, you’ll be set for spring and summer for years to come.

Opt for loose fits

Enjoy a cooling breeze with loose-fitting clothing that allows air to circulate. Think wide-leg linen pants, flowy maxi dresses, and oversized button-down shirts. Not only do these cuts prevent clothes from sticking to your skin, they also give you the freedom to move comfortably throughout the day.

Loose-fitting clothing is perfect for a day of sightseeing, a picnic in the park, or an evening discovering the best of French cuisine.

Choose comfortable (but cute) shoes

Nobody wears the sneaker and dress/skirt combo better than the French woman. She has a few favorite sneakers that tick all the boxes for comfort, versatility, and a dose of style. Sandals, espadrilles, sneakers, and ballet flats are all French-recommended options too—just think about your day’s activities.

Be seduced by colour

While winter may have put its playful side into hibernation, spring and summer are the perfect seasons for French women to experiment with vibrant hues and playful prints. Whether it’s a jewel-toned top or a bohemian-style dress, colour takes centre stage and makes for a welcome change from any black wardrobe stereotypes.

Or play it safe with neutrals

If bright colours and florals aren’t your thing, don’t worry. Dressing like a French girl in warm weather is as easy as sticking to a neutral colour palette. In fact, many French women prefer the simplicity and elegance of neutral shades like white, beige, brown and black.

One of the benefits of neutral colours is their versatility. They can be dressed up or down, mixed and matched, and worn season after season. Plus, they make for a classic and timeless look that never goes out of style. And let’s be honest, an LBD really is good all year round.

Think about the length

One word of advice: leave the super short skirts and dresses at home. When you’re walking around the city on a hot day, the last thing you want is to have your bare thighs stuck to a subway seat or risk a Marilyn Monroe moment through an air vent.

Instead, wear midi dresses and skirts that give you nice freedom of movement as you stroll down the streets. They’re feminine, versatile, and ensure you’re safeh don’t have to worry about unexpected surprises.

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