I have an affinity for French “life,” but not the Parisian France you’re thinking. It’s the French countryside that has my heart. And while it’s usually the culinary life I aspire to, I’m digging a French summer style this year with breezy materials, a classic yet elevated look, and a lot of outfit repeating!
I think my obsession came after our honeymoon in Southern France. My husband and I spent two weeks in the area, visiting Nice, Avignon, St. Remy, and Antibes. We took day trips in our little car, visiting Roman sites, hill towns, canals, and wineries. And we had THE BEST time.
Since then, I’ve always loved listening to French music while I cook (non-French) food. And my love of seasonal produce, letting them speak for themselves in a dish is a quintessential component to rustic french cooking.
And then last year a friend got me into the Bruno, Chief of Police series. It’s a mystery series surrounding, Bruno, a rural policeman in a fictional village. Amidst the crimes and love stories, are the dishes he prepares with truffles he harvested in the woods, eggs from his chickens, greens freshly picked from his garden, and meats he cures and embraces himself! It’s drool worthy to this novice cook!
And even though I don’t really enjoy truffles, I want to be there for every meal.
French Summer Style
- Conrad T Shirt (organic cotton, ethical labor)
- Striped Pull On Shorts (similar striped shorts and these linen shorts)
- Brown Sandals (similar leather sandals made with LWG leather)
- My Way Straw Tote (made with recycled plastic – see more recycled products)
There are a few things I love about French style – not just summer style. The first is the embrace of rewearing fewer pieces again and again. From clothing to accessories, wardrobes tend to be more refined and then worn well!
The second is the abundance of more natural, breezy materials – linen and cotton.
You all know I’m not one to wear a lot of print or color. And while friends make fun of me for it, they tend to compliment my style, because it’s predictable and it’s figured out.
The same goes with my accessories. I can’t remember if I had these exact sandals on our honeymoon, but I had their practically identical predecessor if not. And while my forever favorite straw bag is newer, it’s such a timeless piece and it pairs perfectly with every summer outfit I’ve thrown at it so far.
You’ll also want to check out this list of second hand clothing from brands you love, my tips for creating (and maintaining) a minimalist wardrobe, why you should always buy quality clothes (because then you’ll always have something to wear), and these stylish and sustainable shoe companies!