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How To Get The French It Girl Look For Summer – With The Best Of & Other Stories Under £100

Ok sure, in a post Emily In Paris world, we know that the French It girl stereotype is just that; a clever marketing technique and an often damaging purveyor of Eurocentric beauty standards. But, time and time again, it’s a style aesthetic that we return to, whether in the form of iconic French New Wave stars like Jean Seberg, modern It girls like Carine Roitfeld, or the women redefining the archaic stereotype for good and shaking up French street style.

Especially in summer – there’s something so effortless, so chic, about a French woman. A laissez-faire, undone-but-still-together attitude, present whether she’s wearing a simple sundress, sandals and cat eye glasses, or pairing her cowboy boots with a Brigitte Bardot basket bag. It’s an aesthetic not only popularised by influencers like Jeanne Damas and Sabina Socol, but also expensive to buy into. Parisienne brands like Sézane, Maje and Jeanne’s own brand, Rouje will easily set you back a couple hundred pounds.

So, with a lockdown-worth of French cinema under my belt, a wanderlust for Paris and a less than fruitful bank account, what’s a French style lover to do? Enter & Other Stories, H&M’s slightly older, far chicer sister. The one who went on a gap year and came back with a love for fresh baguettes. You can find all the key components of the French girl look – wrap-around sundresses, oversized linen shirts and straight-leg jeans – for a fraction of Rouje’s or Sézane’s prices. In fact, many of & Other Stories bestsellers are under £100. Read on for our favourite pieces and how we’re styling them for a more laissez-faire approach to summer style.

Fitted Puff Sleeve Mini Dress, £55

A mini, wrap-dress will always be a classic. Better yet, it’s a piece that truly does all the hard work for you – a sweet, summery look during the day when worn with sandals and an oversized tote bag, and a flirty date look when paired with an oversized blazer and heels. In a light, pastel pink tone, this puff-sleeve number also makes for the perfect summer wedding guest dress.

& Other Stories Fitted Puff Sleeve Mini Dress, $, available at & Other Stories

Large Woven Straw Tote, £55

Not to lean too heavily on the French girl stereotype, but we reckon they got something very right with the basket bag; especially a basket bag big enough to carry your fresh baguette, cheese, wine and copy of Bonjour Tristesse to the beach. Or, more realistically, lukewarm tinnies from M&S to the park.

& Other Stories Large Woven Straw Tote, $, available at & Other Stories

Oversized Linen Shirt, £65

If there’s just one item your summer wardrobe needs, it’s an oversized linen shirt. Light enough for hot days in the city, loose enough to throw over bikinis and sundresses, and still chic enough to button up with your favourite jeans.

& Other Stories Oversized Linen Shirt, $, available at & Other Stories

Favourite Cut Cropped, £65

Every woman knows the struggle finding the perfect fitting jeans, but we reckon these & Other Stories pair hit the sweet spot. High waisted, slim, cropped legs and the ideal warm, summer shade of blue. Pull these on with a camisole, cropped cardigan and woven sandals for the ultimate French look.

& Other Stories Favourite Cut Cropped, $, available at & Other Stories

Straw Bucket Hat, £29

The bucket hat trend comes around every summer but, if you’re not a fan of bright florals or ‘90s, sporty styles, there’s often not a lot of choice. & Other Stories’ take is simple, classic and elegant. Plus, woven materials never really go out of style.

& Other Stories Straw Bucket Hat, $, available at & Other Stories

A-Line Ruffle Top, £45

Smocking, ruffles and with a flowing, A-line silhouette – perfect for tucking into high waisted shorts or your favourite midi skirt.

& Other Stories A-Line Ruffle Top, $, available at & Other Stories

Relaxed Linen Shorts, £55

How do you look cool, calm and collected during a heat wave? With a pair of relaxed, linen shorts like these, a simple white tee shirt and leather sandals, that’s how.

& Other Stories Relaxed Linen Shorts, $, available at & Other Stories

Alpaca Blend Heart Knit Cardigan, £65

Lightweight, summer knits, cropped cardigans and pointelle designs might have been popularised by French influencers, but they are a godsend for changeable British weather.

& Other Stories Alpaca Blend Heart Knit Cardigan, $, available at & Other Stories

Leather Thong Strap Sandals, £85

The chunky sandals trend may be ‘90s inspired, but & Other Stories have updated the style, pulling it into the 2020s with thick leather straps and a shaped sole. A comfy, summer alternative to sneakers, perfect for hot days in the city.

& Other Stories Leather Thong Strap Sandals, $, available at & Other Stories

Flowy Puff Sleeve Midi Dress, £85

This may just be the perfect dress, its combination of sweetheart neckline, puff sleeves, smocked bodice, midi skirt and leg slit is insanely flattering. It’s also a great base for dressing up or dressing down, depending on your accessories. For example, for day white sneakers and a cross-body bag keeps it grounded; for night, gold jewellery, a miniature baguette bag and kitten heels takes it into date night territory.

& Other Stories, othr Flowy Puff Sleeve Midi Dress, $, available at & Other Stories

Chunky Strap Heeled Leather Sandals, £85

Not only do these criss-cross straps keep your feet secure all day, they also keep them looking dainty and elegant. Factor in the chunky heels (thick enough to be worn for long hours or on tricky, cobbled streets), and you have yourself the perfect day-to-night sandal.

& Other Stories Chunky Strap Heeled Leather Sandals, $, available at & Other Stories

Wide Pleated High Waist Trousers, £75

So the temperature is rising but you’re not a fan of shorts – instead, try these loose, lightweight trousers. The high waist and pleated detail keeps you looking classy, but the wide legs will keep you cool.

& Other Stories Wide Pleated High Waist Trousers, $, available at & Other Stories

 


Credit: Original article published here.

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