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What You Need for a Parisian Style Summer Wardrobe

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What could be better than Parisian style? There isn’t much, but Parisian style in the summer is always particularly dreamy. From espadrilles and printed wrap dresses to straw bags and silk scarves, there’s just a certain je ne sais quoi to French style in the summer. The good news is that, even if you’re not a French woman, it’s easy to pull off that infamous French girl style during the summer season! Today, I’ll be sharing some of the must have pieces you’ll need to build the perfect Parisian-style summer wardrobe.

The Perfect Parisian Style Summer Wardrobe

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1. espadrilles

A great pair of espadrilles may just be the official “it” shoe for this summer (and every summer, for that matter!) These woven wedges instantly give a chic look to your summer outfit that instantly brings to mind the south of France. Try wearing this classic pair of shoes with shorts, skirts, dresses – really anything in your summer wardrobe!

2. basket bag/straw bag/ wicker bag

A straw bag has always been a must-have item for summer, and for good reason! This summer staple is a great way to channel those Jane Birkin vibes and give your look that touch of carefree elegance that French women are so well-known for. For this item, go for a style that fits your lifestyle best. For walking around the city, a more compact basket bag is perfect, while a larger straw tote will be easy to access and hold all of your necessities. These also make for a stylish beach bag!

3. floral dress

A breezy floral dress is one of the most comfortable, easy-to-wear, and pretty styles for the summer. Simply add that pair of espadrilles and basket bag from above and you have a perfect summer outfit. A wrap dress is always a good idea for this style, as they look amazing on every body type.

4. cat eye sunglasses

Any lover of vintage glam style is going to love this one! Throwing on a pair of cat-eye sunglasses will easily add an elegant and chic style to your look. Add on a beautiful silk scarf and you have a look that all Parisian women will be proud of!

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5. silk midi skirt

A luxurious silk midi skirt is a key piece when it comes to creating casually elegant outfits. Whether you go for true silk or a lovely satin material, this wardrobe staple will make almost any outfit look with of the streets of Paris. For a great easy outfit, try pairing your silk midi skirt with a tucked-in silky cami and espadrilles.

6. cardigan

Although this may seem like an unlikely choice for summer, a cozy cropped cardigan can be a lifesaver for those chilly summer nights or mornings. This piece will also add an interesting textural detail that looks fabulously luxe when paired with the silk midi skirt. Try going for a cropped and/or short-sleeved version for even more wearability during summer.

7. strappy sandals

These are currently everywhere at the moment, but this cute shoe style will likely never fully go out of style. These work great with almost any warm-weather outfit, especially a flirty summer dress.

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8. slip dress
Just like the silk skirt, a slip dress gives that same look of elegance that’s commonplace in a French wardrobe. You can dress this item up with a pair of classy black high heels, or layer a sweater over top for the perfect balance of cozy, casual, and sophisticated.

9. printed skirt

In addition to a floral dress, a printed skirt is a great way to add some summer-appropriate patterns and bright colors into your wardrobe. Try wearing this item with a buttoned cropped cardigan for a look that perfectly transitions from spring to summer.

10. gold jewelry

These will be your go-to piece for completing any outfit! You’ll be able to wear these pieces year-round, so going for classic styles and high-quality pieces will be a good investment in the long run. After all, French style is all about quality over quantity!

11. white top

Of course, you can’t make a list about Parisian style without including the iconic white button-down or blouse! This is one of those wardrobe staples you’ll wear time and time again, no matter what your personal style is. For this style, you can go for just about anything, from a flowy white v-neck blouse to a sheer white button-down. Just make sure to go for a breathable fabric for maximum comfort.

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12. cropped and/or flared denim
Any French fashionista (or French fashion enthusiast!) will tell you that the Parisienne always lives in denim jeans, even in the heat of the summer. A pair of cropped or flared jeans are a great choice for summer, and they look perfect when paired with the espadrilles and strappy sandals mentioned before!

13. chic swimsuit

The last item on our list is one that you’re sure to get tons of wear out of: a classic, chic swimsuit. This could be anything from a bikini to a sleek one-piece option. Try to go for solid colors on this one for easy accessorizing and a more timeless quality.

No matter where you live, getting that coveted Parisian street style vibe is way easier than you might think! With these items on hand, you’ll be able to create dozens of outfits that will serve you great looks all summer long. If you’re still in doubt about which items to go for, always lean towards more streamlined and solid-color pieces that will make creating outfits way simpler.

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If you want more fashion tips on how to look Parisian chic this summer, then check out this post on How to Create a French Capsule Wardrobe for Spring & Summer!

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Founder and editor of My Chic Obsession, Carolyn is your trusted fashion maven. Carolyn's drive to help others achieve a classic and timeless wardrobe fuels her posts, making a go-to resource for style seekers worldwide. Beyond the wardrobe, she resides in the heartland of the Midwest, dreaming up new ideas and raising her two lively boys - her biggest fashion critics.