A French Girl "Doesn't Understand" These Spring Trends (But Loves These 5)


Simply put, French-girl style is where it's at. For many (myself included), that "je ne sais quoi" approach to dressing is just so highly covetable. As a result, I highlight Parisian fashion on the regular to inspire those similar sartorial sensibilities. In fact, I recently covered the styling tricks that makes one of the coolest French girls I follow, Aïda Sané (the mastermind behind @basicstouch), look even more French. This time, though, I wanted to tap her to dive into the spring trends she's loving and also not loving as much.

Given that she has a chic minimalist style, I was particularly curious about the simple yet chic looks she's loving. And given her adoration for more pared-back silhouettes, there were some more out-there trend counterparts that she "doesn't understand" as much for her personal style. (Keep in mind, however, that this is all based on individual preference and you should always wear what you personally love.)

To showcase all of this further, keep scrolling to check out the five trends Sané will and probably won't wear this season (for now, at least)—complete with outfit ideas that could be worth saving for later. And if you're shopping at the moment, you'll also find inspired picks below as well. 

Wearing: Denim on Denim
Not Wearing as Much: Neon

"I don't think I would ever understand the neon trend, although this can be fun and a good way to be seen from the top of the Eiffel Tower. Instead, I'm really excited about the Canadian-tuxedo trend, which, to be honest, was a statement in my wardrobe for years. I just add it with a trench for a casual chic look with low heels or a pair of white sneakers."

Shop chambray and denim pieces:

J.Crew Everyday Chambray Shirt ($78)

Free People Amelia Slouchy Trucker Jacket ($98)

Sandro Puff Sleeve Woven Top ($265)

Eloquii Denim Shacket ($85)

Wearing: Straight-Leg Jeans
Not Wearing as Much: Bermuda Shorts

"This 2020 spring season came with the business-casual trends, which I love, but I'm not as into the Bermuda-shorts trend, which I don't think would look best on me. I will stay loyal to my straight-leg jeans—pairing them with a slightly oversize blazer, and again, low heels to be able to walk comfortably with just the right amount of highness. This is clearly going to be one of my spring uniforms, as this can be so versatile and effortlessly chic."

Shop straight-leg jeans:

Levi's Wedgie Icon Fit Jeans ($98)

Agolde Riley High Rise Straight Crop Jeans ($178)

Good American Good Straight Jeans ($181)

Madewell The Momjean High Waist Jeans ($80)

Frame Le Nouveau Straight Jeans ($230)

Wearing: Balloon-Sleeve Tops
Not Wearing as Much: Disco-Collared Shirts

"I may not be a disco girl yet with this disco-collar trend, but I have my balloon sleeves instead. A balloon-sleeve shirt in general is a chic piece where I can feel very comfortable without looking too overdressed. This top along with a pair of jeans or tailored pants gives you a very easy, cool, and smart look."

Shop balloon-sleeve tops:

Topshop Stripe Oversized Poplin Shirt ($68)

& Other Stories Tie Waist Blouse ($89)

Chelsea28 Square Neck Smocked Top ($47)

Madewell Bobble Cardigan Sweater ($49)

Lulus Eugenie Balloon Sleeve Sweater ($26)

BB Dakota Double Rainbow Cardigan ($110)

Wearing: Tube Tops
Not Wearing as Much: Bra Tops

"I don't know if I will ever jump on that bra-top trend, but what I know is that I'm very excited about the tube top trend coming back. In fact, the look literally saved my life during last summer's heat wave. I love that it is also very versatile, as you can wear it with everything from high-waisted trousers to a silk midi skirt with a blazer."

Shop tube tops:

Susana Monaco Tube Top ($77)

H&M Jersey Top ($3)

BDG Bungee Strap Tube Top ($29)

Free People Take You Anywhere Tube ($48)

Wearing: Neutral Trench Coats
Not Wearing as Much: Flashy Trench Coats

"Obviously, the trench is still on-trend and I will forever wear it, however, this year, they made an updated version with patterns and colors, but I'm not into that as much, as I get bored very easily with it. This is the reason why I don't wear flashy colors or prints. My alternatives will be playing with other neutrals colors like gray, navy, khaki, or brown to look effortless."

Vero Moda Poppy Kenzie Pinstripe Cotton Blend Trench Coat ($56)

Shop trench coats:

ASOS Longline Trench Coat ($92)

BB Dakota I Spy Trench Coat ($150)

H&M Puff-Sleeved Trench Coat ($129)

Universal Standard Tirsa Water Resistant Trench Coat ($160)

cupcakes and cashmere Melody Jacket ($170)

AllSaints Harlen Trench Coat ($270)

Topshop Topshp Cortez Check Trench Coat ($160)

Next, check out the anti-jean outfits French girls are wearing this spring.

This article originally appeared on Who What Wear

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