10 Affordable Trends French Girls Are Wearing This Summer

Judith Jones

It’s no secret that we’re enamored with French-girl style over here at Who What Wear. From the effortless basics they wear time and time again to the lingerie brands they love and the beauty products they swear by to their low-maintenance hair cuts, we love to delve into how to achieve that effortlessly cool, unconventional yet refined French-girl aesthetic.

So now that summer is here, we’re honing in on the affordable trends that french girls are wearing and loving this warm-weather season. From classics such as straw bags to runway-approved trends such as crochet, french girls are serving us some seriously chic style this summer. Scroll below to shop all the chic trends for under $150.

Spaghetti-Strap Slip Dresses

Effortless slip dresses are a staple in every French-girl wardrobe. This season, we're seeing milkmaid gathered styles trending with delicate spaghetti straps. 


Urban Outfitters April Tie-Back Midi Slip Dress ($79)

Topshop Black Gathered Bust Slip Dress ($55)

H&M Crinkled Dress ($18)

Astr the Label Joan Dress ($77)

Retro-Inspired Swimsuits

When it comes to swimwear, retro-inspired silhouettes reign supreme—think high-waisted bikini bottoms and balconette styles.


Madewell Morgan High Waisted Bikini Bottoms ($40)

Shop matching Isabella Tie Front Bikini Top ($45).

Madewell Wave Structured One-Piece Swimsuit in Painted Garden ($75)

Charlie Holiday Hendrix Bikini Top ($49)

Charlie Holiday Hendrix High Waisted Bottoms ($50)


Espadrilles remain a stylish and versatile classic in practically every French woman's warm-weather wardrobe. They work well with dresses, skirts, and shorts alike.

Soludos Tall Wedge Espadrilles ($95)

Rouje Estelle Espadrilles ($115)


French girls have been leaning into the prevalent '70s crochet trend we saw all over the S/S 2020 runways—exuding a free-spirited summer vibe.


Musier Backless Dress in Crochet ($215)

Mango Crochet Striped Top ($46)

Warehouse Crochet Dress ($47)

Straw Bag

Straw bags practically define French-girl summer style. Whether you opt for a raffia tote or wicker basket bag, they are the perfect finishing touch to your summer ensembles.


Mango Double Strap Basket ($100)

Topshop Rhodes Mini Straw Weave Tote Bag ($27)

Vintage-Inspired Blouse

Along with basic button-downs, tanks and tees, pretty vintage-inspired blouses are prevalent in a French girls summer wardrobe. Opt for one with exaggerated collars and billowy puff sleeves. 


& Other Stories Scoop Neck Ruffle Top ($89)

Zara Bib Detail Poplin Shirt ($50)

River Island Lace Collar Top ($67)

Hair Scarf

A hair scarf is the It accessory of summer 2020. French girls have been embracing them—adding a chic retro touch to their summer looks.

Mango Check Printed Scarf ($20)

Madewell Bandana ($12)

Cropped Cardigan

There's no question French girls have an affinity towards cardigans, even in summer. Opt for a lightweight, cropped cardigan to take on the trend.


Finders Keepers Bella Cardigan ($115)

Urban Bliss Plus Knitted Top with Buttons ($45)

Free People Little Cutie Cardi ($38)

High-Waisted Denim Shorts

When it's too hot to wear straight-leg jeans, French girls opt for denim shorts instead. Prevent the casual shorts from looking too beachy by pairing them with chic accessories, polished flats, and a sophisticated handbag.


Madewell The Perfect Jean Short in Millman Wash ($70)

Madewell High Waist Denim Shorts ($42)

'70s Sunglasses

The free-spirited '70s trend continues to be winning over French girls this summer, with oversize retro sunglasses reigning supreme.


BP. 59mm Metal Detail Square Sunglasses ($19)

H&M Sunglasses ($15)

Up next, here's how French girls do stay-at-home style.

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