There’s no shortage of impossibly chic women gracing our daily social feeds, constantly reminding us of our wildest sartorial hopes and dreams. In an effort to a) master the vibe of insouciant cool b) actually look effortless while doing it and c) be French, we’ve culled some of our top vacation style muses and the outfit formulas they follow. If a far-flung destination is in the works, allow this to serve as your inspiration—and shop a few pieces to get the look before you jet off.
The look: Crop top, white denim, espadrilles & a straw bag
Easy and effortless with an overt “I’m on vacation bent,” this four-piece ensemble is suitable for daytime and evening—anytime really. Wedge espadrilles are a comfortable choice for traipsing down cobblestone streets, if sneakers aren’t really your thing.
The look: Linen on linen
A classic button-down and striped drawstring pants are two leisure separates with staying power. Comfortable enough to lounge about your exotic bungalow (in Marrakech, perhaps?), yet street-ready with the addition of leather slides, sunnies, and layers of jewelry.
The look: Jumpsuit and Vans
A jumper is key on vacation—it’s a one-and-done outfit that lends itself to a range of occasions. We love Claire’s take with a pair of classic sneakers—what more do you need for a day of sightseeing?
The look: Caftan and wide-brimmed hat
Don’t you dare consider sitting adjacent to crystal-blue waters without sporting a fabulous caftan while doing so. The ultimate in seaside glamour, a loose-fitting coverup is perfect to throw over bikinis, and harkens back to ’70s glamour that’s still utterly relevant today. An oversized straw hat further cements this vibe.
The look: A scarf top and jeans
Because inevitably, there’ll be nights spent dancing under the stars. A large scarf can be fashioned into an ultra-chic halter top, which looks undeniably sexy with a pair of vintage-inspired denim. Don stilettos, or more modest strappy sandals, based on your preference.
The look: Maillot swimsuit, skirt, and espadrilles
A one-piece can double as a bodysuit of sorts for a day in the sun—throw on a breezy midi skirt and you’ve got a beach-to-drinks solution. In case you didn’t know, espadrilles go with everything—and they’re French girl-approved.
The look: One really good wrap dress
It’s an iconic silhouette for a reason—it’s sublimely flattering, and timeless at that. Pick a hemline that suits you and wear it anytime you want to feel sexy (vacation should definitely be one of those times).