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June 9, 2014

What to Wear: French Vacation Fashion

In Paris, vacations are kind of a big deal.

Most of the city takes August off and evacuates the capital in favor of sandy shores. The chic Parisian ditches her black pants and stilettos for a whole new wardrobe style: it’s what I like to call, Saint Tropez Chic.

Not all of us can hop a train to beach paradise or take a month off to work up a tan, but at least we can dress like it. Here are some French holiday fashion looks that will have friends wishing you, “bon voyage!” even if you’re just on your way to work.

For a Saint Tropez chic style, in addition to your Parisian chic basics, add:

The Playful Scarf

On your head, around your neck, a perfect ‘kini cover up, the light and playful beach scarf just screams “beach ready.”




You can incorporate it into your normal every day look with a turban wrap or a simple tie behind your head.


You can trade your stilettos for espadrilles for better stability on the sand or just a summer feel. Like heels, you get the leg boost, but with a more casual edge.

Nautical Stripes

The breton stripe’s history makes it a natural candidate for sea-side resort wear, but you can enhance the vacation element with lighter fabrics or brighter colored stripes. Paired with a blazer, the look can go from office to beach in an instant.




Straw Hats

Floppy or fedora, a light weight hat is a perfect accessory to ring in the summer. A black stripe accent adds another touch of chicness.




Loose and Linen Tops

 To go with all your new summer accessories, switch out your sweaters and structured button downs for looser and light weight linens. Light blues, whites, and neutral beiges will feel the most vacation-y. Wear them open like a jacket with your bathing suit once you hit the sand.

Retro Swim

Channel the luxury beach icons of yesteryear to feel truly resort-worthy on the sand. Go for a retro-bikini to harken back to Saint Tropez beach bunnies like Brigitte Bardot and don’t forget the signature mussy hair to go with it.

My current bathing suit crush is this bikini-fake out – it looks like a retro high-waist bikini, but it’s actually a one piece




So whether you’re just hitting the apartment pool complex on going all-in on a French beach vacation, you can look très {beachy} chic with just a few wardrobe additions.

* post by Emily Grossman, who writes for


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