Here are ten French girl-approved bikini and swimsuit styles for any trip à la plage. If you’re constantly on the hunt for that effortlessly cool French girl style and wondering how to look a little bit more “French” on your summer vacations (“les vacances d’été”), being French, I’ve compiled for you a list of the chicest swimwear silhouettes of the season.
From the tried-and-true triangle bikini and the chic one-piece to the cute bralette bikini (also known as the “French bikini”), in this list, I’ve included different swimwear styles that are equally elegant, flattering, comfortable, and easy to wear for both large and small chests alike. Naturally, most are from some of my favorite French swimwear brands, like Eres and Sézane x Ysé.
So, whether you’re heading to Provence, Saint Tropez, Marseille, or Corsica this summer, achieve the chic Parisian summer look with these ten French girl-approved bikini and swimsuit styles below.
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The Classic Black Swimsuit
Like an LBD (a little black dress), a black swimsuit is a classic swimwear style that is incredibly chic and always feels right. It suits all body types and is the most flattering swimsuit style for large and small chests. Also, it can be easily worn as a bodysuit paired with silk wide-leg pants and a pair of leather strappy sandals or espadrilles.
This season, I love this beautiful Sézane x Ysé Paraiso swimsuit, and this très chic Magda Butrym embellished ruched swimsuit (cut from Italian fabric and perfect for poolside parties). For large chests, I recommend this Bondi Born Eleanor underwired swimsuit.
The Bandeau Bikini
The bandeau (or strapless) bikini is one of the most flattering swimwear for small chests. I absolutely adore Eres’ Les Essentiels Show bandeau bikini, cut from the label’s silhouette-sculpting peau douce fabric. This non-padded bandeau style will sit smoothly and securely, whatever your bust size. Accessories yours with a straw sunhat, espadrilles, and a coverup.
The “French Bikini”
It’s one of my favorite swimwear trends! The French bikini is a classic triangle or bralette-shaped cup with straps going over the shoulders instead of tying them around the neck. Without underwires, this versatile style is equally flattering, comfortable, and supportive for both large and small chests alike. This summer, consider opting for this chic Eres Les Essentiels Mouna triangle bikini top or this beautiful Magda Butrym bikini top.
The Chic Ecru Swimsuit
I adore this très chic color! A swimsuit in ecru is the perfect swimwear style to emphasize your slight sun tan or slightly tanned skin tone. For more support, consider opting for this gorgeous Magda Butrym underwired swimsuit. Made in Italy, it will even look fabulous styled as a bodysuit with silk wild-leg pants. This summer, I have this beautiful Eres Les Essentiels Cassiopée bandeau swimsuit on my wishlist.
The Striped Swimwear
Classic prints like blue stripes and vintage shapes will never go out of style. Proof is the new Eres Samba line, all in stripes reminiscent of coastal deck chairs. I love this gorgeous Eres lace-up striped swimsuit! Cut from the label’s signature smoothing and sculpting fabrication, it’s printed with stripes to create a longer, leaner silhouette. For warm beach days ahead, style with a white linen shirt dress, a straw hat and a chic pair of sandals.
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