Want to know how to hit la plage like une française? Check out these 5 must-have items that French influencers can't get enough of this summer:
Straw has been the fashion set's go-to material this past season. Not only does it give off the perfect laid-back, ready-for-vacay vibe, it was also OG It-girl Jane Birkin's summer accessory of choice. Here, blogger extraordinaire Valentine shows us her take on straw-on-straw accessories, complete with a bike to transport her woven shopper (that could easily double as a picnic basket) with ease. To avoid looking too neutral or matchy-matchy, make sure your wicker accessories come with cute details: tie a bandana around the handle of your bag, or find a sunhat with a cheeky message embroidered on the brim.
When it comes to fashion, French fashionistas tend to gravitate towards classic or retro styles – and sunglasses are no exception. We love the way Armelle is rocking these Kurt Kobain shades with her cherry-red one-piece (bonus points for nearly wearing all the colors of the French flag). A pair of chic black shades à la Caroline de Maigret and a reliable cat-eye are also très chic options, and will leave you looking as enchanting and mysterious as Amélie herself – just lay yourself down in the shade of a palm tree and throw on a colorful head-wrap to complete the look.
It should come as no surprise that French women have perfected the art of the sexy-yet-classy two-piece – after all, the bikini was invented by a Parisian and popularized by the likes of Brigitte Bardot. Here, Jeanne Damas shows us how to work the magic à la française with a simple black string bikini with a hint of ruched detailing. The takeaway here? Forget florescent or floral prints: a simple design and the perfect cut are all you need for that je ne sais quoi. And let's not forget an interesting beach read, in Jeanne's case, it's a copy of the far-left French daily newspaper, Libération.
A Chic Cover-Up
What's good is a stylish swimsuit if we don't have a kick-ass cover-up to transition it to the cocktail lounge? This sheer, embroidered number that golden girl Camille is rocking is the perfect example of a relaxed piece that you can throw on to instantly transform you into a sun goddess. If you want to make your cover-up really pop, pair it with some simple pieces of gold jewelry or a pair of colorful, tasseled earrings and finish the look with a cute espadrille. Don't forget to give yourself a pedicure so you can 'gram those toes of yours all covered in sand, mojito in the foreground.
Of course, no beach essentials list is complete without a selection of skincare products to protect us from the elements. Sunscreen is obviously a must, but other than that, Cécile also recommends two of her favorite French beauty products: a refreshing face and body spray from Evoluderm, and a body milk by Dr. Pierre Ricaud that soothes the skin while prolonging your tan. We'd add Nuxe's Prodigious Hair Oil to the mix for moisturizing our dry, post-beach ends – it was recommended to us by another stylish, street-spotted French girl.
Summer essentials 🙌🔝 Une eau pure rafraîchissante @evoluderm 💦, un lait après soleil apaisant @drpierrericaudfrance ☀️et un @tshirthey, parfait pour l'été 😜 En ce moment, dans l'après-midi, j'adore siroter un café glacé ☕️ Si vous avez envie de goûter, @nespresso a lancé deux éditions dédiées à une consommation givrée ❄️ J'ai quelques recettes pour les intéressés ! #nespressoOnIce #summervibes
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