Here are the five styles of swimsuits and bikinis that French girls love to wear to a trip a la plage. If you’re constantly on the hunt for that cool French girl style and you’re wondering how to look like a French girl this summer, keep scrolling to see and shop French girls favorite swim pieces.
After nearly 2 months of confinement in Paris, I’m super happy to have a 3-weeks beach holiday booked for August at Mykonos, in Greece. And because I’m already thinking about which bikinis and swimsuits I’ll bring with me to Mykonos, I thought it would be a great occasion to share the 5 styles of bikinis and swimsuits french girls love to wear at the beach as well as French girl’s favorite swimwear brands.
So whether you’re heading to the French Riviera this summer or staying in your back garden, find out exactly which swimsuits French girls wear and how to replicate their style this summer. Keep reading to shop swimsuits styles handpicked by your favorite French girl!
The 5 Styles Of Swimsuits French Girls Wear At The Beach
Swimsuits and bikinis are an essential part of the French summer wardrobe. Indeed, there are five styles every French girl has in her suitcase: the one-pieces, the minimal, the high-waisted, the underwire, and the print one. Not only are the styles flattering to all body shapes, but they’re also easy to wear and timeless. Remember that French girls play the intellectual card and they don’t like to be over-sexy with swimsuits and bikinis that are too revealing and too vulgar. That is why for French girls, a swimsuit must show off while remaining elegant. In that way, French girls avoid Brazilian bikinis, ‘trikinis’, bandeaus tops (triangle tops suit better to smaller breasts), and sporty one-piece swimsuits. When it comes to colors, French girls avoid flashy and neon colors and prefer classic (navy blue, black, deep red) and earthy colors (tan, faded yellow, nude).
1. The One-Piece Swimsuit
When it comes to swimwear, it’s good to always have a classic or two in your luggage. And the one-piece swimsuit is one of the classic French swimwear you need in your closet. This swimsuit suits all body types and is the most flattering swimsuit shape for large and small chests. You can wear it as a bodysuit as well. Just pair it with high waisted jeans and a pair of espadrilles. This shape of swimsuit is really classic, timeless, and chic at the same time. It’s definitely an investment worth making.
2. The High-Waisted Bikini
The high-waisted bikini is another French swimwear staple that you need in your closet. It’s the French chic girl’s go-to option this summer. This style of swimwear is flattering to all body shape. Indeed, the curve-enhancing and waist-defining contours combined with a leg-lengthening cut make these bottoms a winning look for all body shapes. Pair it with your favorite cat-eye sunglasses, a straw hat, and a pair of espadrilles, and you’ll be the chicest woman on the beach this summer. Keep reading to see and shop French girl’s favorite high-waisted bikinis to wear this summer.
3. The Printed Swimsuit
For French girls, classic prints and vintage shapes never go out of style. So this summer, go for printed swimsuits with polka dots, pink or blue gingham, animal prints, and vintage flowery prints. If you’re not used to wearing colors or prints, swimsuits are a fun way to play around bold prints and colors. French girls avoid flashy and neon colors and prefer classic ones (navy blue, black, deep red) and earthy tones (tan, faded yellow, nude). Keep reading to see and shop French girl’s favorite printed swimsuits to wear this summer at the beach.
4. The Minimal Bikini
A simple or minimal bikini is another French swimwear staple that you need to add in your luggage. Indeed, French girls love minimal bikini styles in neutrals colors such as tan, faded yellow, or nude (earthy tones) or in classic shades (navy blue, black, deep red). In addition, if you’re an A-cup, the shape of minimal bikini is perfect as triangle tops suit better to the smaller breasts than bandeaus tops for example. Make sure to go for a bikini that fits perfectly and accessorize it to make the difference. Pair it with your favorite oversized sunglasses, straw bag, and espadrilles for French chic.
5. The Underwire Bikini
The underwire bikini trend is everywhere and is probably is the trendiest bikini style of this summer! Inspired by the shape of your most classic bras, this style of bikini incorporates underwire and seaming into the design itself. There’s something undeniably retro about the lingerie-inspired shape, especially when paired with high waisted jeans and a pair of espadrilles. In addition, it’s a great option for those who need much more hold than triangle bikinis can offer. Underwire bikini style is perfect for both small and fuller busts and is the sexiest bikini shape French girls love to wear at the beach. Keep reading to see and shop French girl’s favorite underwire bikinis to wear this summer.
Where French Girls Shop For Swimsuits And Bikinis
There are a number of Parisian swimwear labels and brands that make poolside and beachwear look so much chicer. Keep scrolling to see and shop the French swimwear brands we are into this summer.
Known for its iconic cuts, innovative colorways, and high-tech materials, French label Eres has been producing elegant swimwear for more than 40 years and lingerie since 1998. They were able to design a soft fabric to camouflage imperfections and provide support without the need for padding or boning. The collection features shades to flatter every skin tone, as well as a variety of shapes and coverage levels that celebrate, flatter, and respect the female form.
Lauren Arapage and Joshua Shaub founded Anemone to take a simplistic approach to swimwear – the duo draws inspiration from Kate Moss’ minimalist style in the ’90s. Designed to be mixed and matched (and even worn with jeans), the collection is comprised of clean, modern cuts in eco-friendly fabrics. Look out for the swimsuits embroidered with the label’s namesake flower.
Septième Ciel (seventh heaven in English) is a French lingerie boutique and an exclusive online shop selling beautiful and sexy underwear such as lace bodysuits, beautiful nighties, and sets of matching lingerie. This summer they launched an exclusive collection of swimwear that makes poolside and beachwear look so much chicer. My favorite ones are the maillot de bain Alicia and the maillot de bain Laure. Be quick, stocks are limited and their pieces always sell out almost instantly! The online boutique is in French only however I know they ship to most European countries (the UK included) and to the United States as well.
Reformation’s design mission is to make effortless silhouettes that celebrate the feminine figure. The design process starts by thinking about what women really want to wear right now. Then, Reformation team source the most beautiful and sustainable fabrics possible to bring those designs to life quickly.
Matteau founders and sisters Ilona Hamer and Peta Heinsen fit their swimwear on friends and family to be sure women of every shape feel beautiful wearing each piece. The clean and simple designs have earned places in the suitcases of Jeanne Damas and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.
Australian swimwear label Peony describes its designs as “the first bloom of peony flowers, which signal the beginning of summer.” Known for classic shapes and soft color palettes, the brand selects sustainable fabrics that are durable and strong, with increased shape retention. Peony ensures all processes and chemicals used to produce its swimwear are ecologically safe.
Ysé is a French lingerie brand founded by Bérengère Lehembre and Clara Blocman-Petit, but it’s the swimwear that is the most striking. It creates color-blocked one-pieces and bikinis with elegant detailing, such as ties on the shoulders and statement scooped backs. Ysé also collaborates with Sézane on all its swimwear, which always sells out almost instantly.
Parisian label Yasmine Eslami is Jeanne Damas’s favorite swimwear brand, as last year she did a collaboration with the designer with her own label Rouje. Her eponymous collection focuses on comfortable, lightweight pieces that enhance your natural shape.
And you, which one is your favorite French swimsuit brand? Which style of swimsuit and bikini will you incorporate in your closet this summer? Please add your comment below.
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