We Steal Our Favourite Looks From Our Favourite French Musical Muses

by: Rosie Dalton | 3 years ago | The Edit

Much has already been said about French style — about the effortlessness Parisian women exude in their approach to style. Personally I think a lot of this comes down to the fact that French women possess an innate sense of what works well for them personally. Armed with that understanding of the colours, cuts and fabric types that suit their lifestyle and physique best, they can equip themselves with the right tools to make getting dressed each morning a relative cinch. And, as a result, something of a uniform gradually begins to develop.

I would argue, though, that this sense of uniform dressing is only further amplified by the fact that Parisian women also love music. A lot of the most stylish women in France actually are musicians themselves (often ‘slashed’ with something else, just because they can). But even those women who aren’t performing on-stage each night still seem to have a love for the rhythm of music. Whether it’s going out dancing with their girlfriends, or attending gigs, the constant presence of music in their lives means that it’s necessary to dress with a basic sort of practicality in mind.

It is for this reason that I feel music has been so integral to impeccable French style over the years. It’s there in the worn-in denim that so many Parisians turn to; the low heels made for dancing and the relaxed nature of tailoring overall. But the creativity of music as a craft is also evident in the sense that these women aren’t afraid to break some rules with the way that they dress. They aren’t shy when it comes to unusual cuts, or all-over prints, because the spirit of experimentation is as alive in the music as it is in their wardrobes. After performing on stage for a few hours — or dancing on tabletops for that matter — it’s not wonder their look is so frequently described as ‘undone’.

With that in mind then, we’re turning to some of our favourite French women, whose style is also inextricable from their musical ties. And as such, whose practical uniform oozes just the kind of simplicity that we’re looking to cultivate a little more of in the mornings.

1) Caroline de Maigret

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Caroline de Maigret is a count’s daughter who left the Sorbonne to model, but then left modelling to produce rock music with her partner in life and business. In 2006, de Maigret and Yarol Poupaud founded Bonus Tracks Records and since then, she has become even more of a style icon than she was during the peak of her modelling days. Now 40-years-old, the muse nails a uniform of oversized shirts, relaxed denim and menswear-inspired tailoring.

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2) Lou Doillon

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The daughter of Jane Birkin and director Jacques Doillon, Lou Doillon has got sexy, undone eveningwear down to a fine art. The model and chanteuse tends to favour all black everything, with a twist of sexiness like a plunging neckline for example. In that sense, we can’t help but look to Limb’s Ross Jumpsuit in black when channelling Doillon’s impeccable style.

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3) Brigitte Bardot

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Brigitte Bardot has always loved a gingham skirt, dress or pair of pants. In fact, the actress and singer even got married wearing a pale pink checked number, when she wed actor Jacques Charrier in the summer of 1959. Naturally then, we can totally see her wearing this Arial dress by Hunter — one of our favourite new arrivals on the site. In true Brigitte style, we recommend styling it with that signature sassy eyeliner flick of hers.

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4) Vanessa Paradis

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Like most other French women, singer Vanessa Paradis loves a timeless combination of jeans and chic blazers, but for fancier nights out she also loves floaty fabrications like Miss Crabb’s Melancholia Dress. These looks are usually black and luxurious, giving off a very Addams-Family-esque, elegant goth aesthetic. And we love the idea of teaming the style with a striking red lip and a bold shoe to match.

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5) Charlotte Gainsbourg

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Another of Jane Birkin’s daughters (go figure), Charlotte Gainsbourg inherited her mother’s sense of style and her father, Serge’s gift for the song. In fact, the two released an album together when she was all of fifteen-years-old, but she has since followed that up with three of her own albums as an adult. Inspired by her relaxed approach to suiting, we’re taking a slightly more summery approach, since we’re getting towards the warmer end of the year now.

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