8 Outfits French Girls Would Never Wear to a Wedding

Judith Jones

’Tis the season of free-flowing champagne, fancy flower arrangements, and enthusiastic “I do’s.” In other words, wedding season is upon us, and we couldn’t be happier. Of course, every wedding invite calls for a chic outfit. If you read Who What Wear regularly, you’ll know we cover plenty of wedding guest style ideas—from the best brands for dresses to looks for every dress code.

Today, we’re focusing on one of our favorite subjects: French-girl style. Curious to see how French and American wedding guest style differs, we tapped into some of our favorite fashionable Gallic muses to get their take on what they would and wouldn't wear to weddings.

Unsurprisingly, they live up to their effortlessly chic aesthetic, opting for lower heels and breaking the mold with pants and tuxedo jackets. Scroll below to see what French girls would never wear to a wedding, and then see what they’d opt for instead.

Géraldine Boublil: @erinoffduty

“I would never wear something too showstopping to a wedding. The bride should be the center of attention! I love to wear statement accessories, and if the dress is very feminine, I like to match it with a menswear-inspired tuxedo jacket.”

Mango Structured Suit Blazer ($100)

Alighieri Gold-Plated and Glass Earrings ($245)

Alighieri The Remedy Chapter II Gold-Plated Pearl Necklace ($340)

Anne-Laure Mais: @adenorah

“I would never wear a hat or a white dress. Instead, I’d opt for a pretty midi dress like this one below.”

Musier Robe Margot ($145)

Marissa Cox: @ruerodier

“I’m not going to say white, as I have actually seen French girls wear white to weddings, but instead, I’m going to say I would never wear platform heels. I still maintain my opinion that they’re the absolute opposite of elegance and belong only on stage. I’d wear espadrilles or barely there sandals that aren’t too high instead. You’ve got to be able to dance all night, and French girls are often the life and soul of the party. Also, contrary to popular belief, French girls do like to wear color, so I’d pair the shoes with a bright and happy dress from somewhere like Rixo, Saloni, Baum und Pferdgarten, or Dôen. I’m wearing a dress from the exclusive My Theresa x Baum und Pferdgarten collection below.”

Baum und Pferdgarten Abygail Silk-Blend Crêpe Dress ($460)

Zara Strappy Mid-Heel Sandals ($80)

Anne-Victorie Lefevre: @vikilefevre

“I would never wear black to a wedding (or white, of course!). It’s a celebration of love, so I would wear a light color or an interesting print, and I would play with the fabrics. Shoes are so important too. I can’t live without my Michel Vivien heels. They’re super comfortable.”

Zara Stripe Print Dress ($40)

Michel Vivien Block-Heel Sandals ($571)

Estelle Chemouny: @estellechemouny

“I would obviously never wear white or any dress that could look like a wedding dress. I would wear something not too short and not too revealing. Nothing too ‘wow.’”

Zara Floral-Print Blazer ($90)

Clémentine Desseaux: @bonjourclem

“For me, American weddings are so over-the-top it’s getting very close to ridicule. Bows, matching colors, huge hats, pastels, and floral prints are out. Less is more. Most importantly, I would keep it comfy. No heels so I can dance, stretchy waistband so I can eat, and an extra layer so I can go smoke outside with my glass of wine. Above is a picture of what I wore to cousin’s wedding last summer.”

Halston Heritage Sleeveless Round Neck Pleated Gown ($150)

Superga 2750 Cotu Classic Sneakers ($65)

Louise Damas: @louisedamas

“I’d never wear white to a wedding, of course. I like to wear nice flair suit pants with a silky tank top to change it up from the classic dress.”

Black Halo Isabella Pants ($275)

Nili Lotan Isabella Cami Top ($295)

Claire Most: @claire_most

“I would actually never wear flat shoes to a wedding. I’d rather suffer in heels or walk around with bare feet. I think block-heeled sandals are perfect for a summer wedding.”

By Far Magnolia Black Leather Sandals ($370)

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