The Exact Pieces You'll Find in a French Girl's Lingerie Drawer

Kristen Nichols
·5 min read

If you want to tap into just what makes French girls, well, French, you could start with their lingerie drawers. Inside, you’ll find evidence of their easy attitude and effortlessness—that undeniable je ne sais quoi that makes them so cool. Interested to find out more about their unique take on lingerie, we chatted with four French girls about the pieces they buy and how they wear them.

For Parisians, lingerie isn’t an afterthought. It lays the foundation of a look and is as essential to their outfits as the right pair of shoes. Pieces aren’t overtly "sexy." Instead, they have a subtle hint of sensuality. Subtlety is really the key here. You won’t find push-up bras or padded pieces. Instead, Parisians focus on finding bras and underwear in flattering silhouettes that look good underneath their clothes or even as part of the outfit. A blazer or button-down shirt might be intentionally unbuttoned to show a small glimpse of a lace bra underneath.

What it really comes down to, though, is banking on the attitude of being ready for wherever the day might take you and feeling your best. As French model Clémentine Desseaux puts it, "We love to be comfortable but always cute, in case someone ends up seeing our undies, and also, really, just to feel sexy and confident."

Go on to see the three pieces every Parisian has in her lingerie drawer, and then shop the items real French girls wear.


One rule for mastering French-girl lingerie style is to buy everything in matching sets and wear them together. The trick is to get a few pairs of underwear for every bra you buy.

Skims Naked Plunge Bra ($72)

Check below for the matching piece in this set.

Skims Naked High Waisted Thong ($28)

A perfect pair if you ask us.


A European silhouette, tanga bottoms are halfway between bikini briefs and a thong style. You'll find them in every French girl's lingerie drawer.

Simone Perele Wish Embroidered Tanga Thong ($50)

Upgrade your everyday lingerie.

Madewell Lace Tanga ($15)

Have you tried the silhouette all French girls own?

Simone Perele Dahlia Tanga Thong ($50)

This color though.


French girls love designs with a nod to sensuality but that aren't overtly "sexy." Pretty lace pieces strike the perfect balance of romantic and subtle.

Glamorise Wonderwire Bra ($52)

So pretty.

Eres Luxembourg Monceau Bra ($340)

Layer this lace bralette under a semi-sheer shirt to show it off.

B.Tempt'd by Wacoal Lace Kiss Thong ($10)

So pretty.

Go on to find out the lingerie real French girls wear.

"When it comes to lingerie, my rule is simple: What would you like to be wearing if you ended up at the hospital and everyone could see your panties? Haha. It might seem weird, but it's just a metaphor to say that you should just never be ashamed of your hosiery. (Don't be afraid to throw it out!) A lot of French girls are all about the petite culotte, which is simply a cotton panty. They usually buy them from Petit Bateau. I like them too, but I also enjoy sexier numbers such as tanga-shaped briefs. Oh also, the undies should always be invisible under your clothes. I also love a lace bodysuit to wear under a very deep V-neck blouse or even under a man's jacket. Very sexy!"

Only Hearts So Fine Lace Thong ($44)

The open lace makes this pair very elegant.

Hanky Panky Mystique Thong Bodysuit ($44)

A bodysuit is the answer to no-fuss lingerie.

Calvin Klein Underwear Modern Cotton Bikini Briefs ($20)

These look like a guaranteed comfortable style.

Oh La La Cheri Lunette Galloon Lace Teddy ($40)

Never enough lace.

"Lingerie is extremely important for French girls. It reveals your femininity and sensuality. For me, it has to be subtly provocative, never too obvious or just 'sexy.'"

Anine Bing Lace Bra With Trim ($89)

Perfect to layer underneath a button-down.

Skarlett Blue Entice Thong ($22)

The most stunning color.

"French women really do think lingerie is the base of an outfit and take that very seriously. We always buy sets or at least pieces that go together. We don't wear undies with holes in them. Buying your first undies set with mum is a big deal. It means you're a woman and you have to be conscious of the way you carry yourself, starting with what's underneath. I know my U.S. girls are not as into underwear. We don't play with that under-layer. Here are some good basics you'll see in pretty much any French girl's drawers."

Mapale Stripe Mesh Underwire Bra & Panties Set ($37)

French girls tend to buy matching sets, like these high-waist panties and bra.

Glamorise Wonderwire Front Closure Bra ($51)

This comes in a range of shades.

Cosabella Never Say Never Cutie 2-Pack Thongs ($48)

French girls love lace intimates and for good reason.

"In terms of lingerie, I love basics, and I buy them in 100 copies. I don't know if we really can say that French girls have rules, but for me, the most important is the comfort. I usually do not wear a bra, but if it's necessary, I don't want to feel it. I like nude and black. For bottoms, I only wear cotton tanga."

Skims Stretch Cotton Jersey Triangle Bralette ($32)

A simple bralette can be comfortable and pretty.

Hanky Panky Signature Lace Low Rise G-String ($20)

Perfect for low-rise silhouettes.

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This story was published at an earlier date and has since been updated.

This article originally appeared on Who What Wear

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