Bastille Day, France's Independence Day, is today and to celebrate, we've rounded up 10 French women whose unique sense of style continues to inspire us. Whether it's Brigitte Bardot breezing around St. Tropez, Coco Chanel's legendary tweed suiting, or Lou Doillon's rock 'n' roll style, these women have a sense of style that's all their own. Watch today's Fab Flash for some French fashion inspiration. On Allison McNamara: StyleMint top.
"With French women you first see the woman and then you see the clothes," Carine Roitfeld has said when describing the essence of French style. "It's more the way you mix the clothes and how you move, how you open your bag, how you cross your legs — just little things that make a difference."
Roitfeld makes it sound simple, but that perfect mix of irreverence, glamour, beauty, effortlessness, sex appeal, and slouch? Easier said than done. "It’s the fantasy of the entire world of women, even French women, to be the perfect Parisienne," Le Figaro columnist Bertrand de Saint Vincent explained recently in The New York Times.
Elusive, yes, but not impossible. Brigitte Bardot did it. Francoise Hardy and Jane Birkin, too. And while there's no denying the allure of those indelible dames, they're not the only ones. In honor of Bastille Day, check out 24 totally modern French femmes who somehow embody that certain je nais se quoi to a T.