French Style Icons Who Inspire Our Wardrobes

In honor of Bastille Day, we are looking across the pond to some of the chic, iconic French women whose individual style inspires our own. From Brigitte Bardot to Julia Sarr-Jamois, these French icons show us how pulling together a minimalist look is not only elegant but revolutionary.

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Jane Birkin

Actress and singer Jane Birkin photographed in 1971. Her style was so iconic, it inspired the ultra-coveted Birkin Bag. (Photo: Getty Images)

Coco Chanel

Coco Chanel, photographed in Paris in 1937. The French designer started the famous Chanel brand. (Photo: Getty Images)

Brigitte Bardot

Actress Brigitte Bardot, photographed in 1963, gives us hair and eyeliner goals to this day. (Photo: Getty Images)

Vanessa Paradis

Singer-songwriter Vanessa Paradis, photographed in 1994, has been a style icon for decades.
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Charlotte Gainsbourg

Chicness runs in the family. Actress and singer Charlotte Gainsbourg is the daughter of Jane Birkin. (Photo: Getty Images)

Lou Doillon

Daughter of Jane Birkin and half-sister to Charlotte, Lou Doillon is as stylish as the other women in her family. (Photo: Getty Images)

Clémence Poésy

Actress and model Clémence Poésy knows just how to make understated enviable. (Photo: Getty Images)

Marion Cotillard

Oscar-winning actress Marion Cotillard’s fame may now be global, but her style remains decidedly French. (Photo: Getty Images)

Julia Sarr-Jamois

Julia Sarr-Jamois is a stylist and fashion editor with a cult following. (Photo: Getty Images)

Lily-Rose Depp

Lily-Rose Depp, whose mother, Vanessa Paradis, is also seen on this list, is bringing up the next generation of French fashion icons. (Photo: Getty Images)

Léa Seydoux

Known for her role in “Blue Is the Warmest Color,” Seydoux knows red is the chicest shade. (Photo: Getty Images)

Inès de la Fressange

Model, aristocrat, style icon: Inès de la Fressange is the epitome of French fashion. (Photo: Getty Images)

Julia Restoin Roitfeld

Art director and model, Julia Restoin Roitfeld is a muse for many and a style icon for all. (Photo: Getty Images)