The first time I went to Paris, it was the middle of July and I had absolutely no idea how to dress like a French girl in 90 degree heat. The mornings were rainy and cold and I had my army green jacket (you know the Madewell one that was all the rage about six years ago) slung over me most of the time, until the sun burned away every cloud around 2 p.m. When the heat finally descended, the Parisians turned full-on summer mode—shoulders shook loose, legs peeked back out from under striped awnings, and sunnies slid onto waiting noses. I still aspire to look as effortlessly chic with a light coating of sweat dusting my entire body. Scroll for easy-to-replicate French-girl outfit formulas, even when the heat hits the three digits.
Knit Dress + Structured Bag
There is nothing like the one-and-done ease of a summer dress. The slinky elegance of a body-skimming knit is that perfect French level of effortless. Pair with slim sandals and delicate gold earrings.
Blouse + Mid-Length Cutoffs
Play with proportion with a floaty, slightly cropped blouse and mid-length denim cutoffs for the perfect balance. Pair with comfy sandals you can walk for hours in. See you in the Tuileries garden.
Soft Polo + Mini Skirt
Paris by way of Cape Cod. Grab your tennis racket with one hand and your croissant with the other.
Classic Tee + Ballet Flats
Pair with messy, undone hair and a barely-there popsicle stain lip and hit the Sunday farmer’s market looking just-rolled-out-of-bed-and-threw-this-on chic.