Every year on July 14th, the French unite to celebrate La Fête Nationale, aka Bastille Day — a day that celebrates France’s rise as a new nation. While I love celebrating this holiday with a baguette and brie, I felt it necessary to honor this fashion-forward country with a roundup of its most chic and inimitable women. From famous actresses like Audrey Tautou, style stars like Léa Seydoux, and the most covetable designer Coco Chanel — this bevy of images will have you girl crushing in no time! So what are you waiting for? Pour a glass of your favorite bubbly and peruse through France’s crème de la crème.
Known for her amazing performance as Amélie in Amélie, Audrey Tautou is more than just an fantastic actress, she is also a trendsetter.
Clemence Poesy’s ability to mix girly dresses with tomboy accessories makes her one of my personal favorite fashion icons!
Francoise Hardy is the epitome of cool. She is the reason why girls wants to try bangs and learn the guitar.
Coco Chanel is responsible for changing the way we look at fashion, “Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.”
Marion Cotillard’s wardrobe in Midnight in Paris was the stuff dreams are made of, but her style off-screen is just as dreamy.
If you want to know how to pull off an effortless red lip, then start scrolling through Jeanne Damas’ blog.
Brigitte Bardot’s famous pout and sensuous style is just as much admired today as it was in the 60’s.
With a mother like Jane Birkin, Charlotte Gainsbourg was bound to be effortlessly stylish.
Léa Seydoux looks just as beautiful sporting leather and stripes as she does in coquettish dresses for Prada’s Candy Perfume campaign.
Catherine Deneuve is the Queen of Mod, and a great source for 60’s / 70’s outfit inspiration.
Caroline De Maigret
The author of How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are, Caroline De Maigret is the expert on Parisian style.
If you are worried about the demise of the skinny jean this fall — don’t be! Emmanuelle Alt, Editor and Chief of French Vogue, is known for her signature skinny jean and heel combo; which, as you can see, never goes out of style.