Photos of What the French are Wearing - Summer 2009
Styles seen on the streets of Southern France for the Summer Season 2010.
Major Trend: Sundresses... If you pack one thing when you visit France this summer, pack a sundress. This summer, you'll see dresses in an array of chiffons and cottons. Many with flounces at the hem, and all lengths from minis to maxis. Pick a length and style that flatters you, and don't worry about your age. Women of all ages are wearing sundresses this season.
White and khaki are popular colors for summer along with the ever-present black. These basic colors give you a neutral palette that never looks out of style. To jazz up your look, try a colorful print.
White - You can't go wrong wearing white...it's the new "black."
- If you're not afraid to show a little leg, wear denim shorts with a clean or cuffed hem. Another fun, comfortable option is a shorts jumpsuit or romper.
- If you want to go long, maxi-dresses or a long skirt with a lean tank top creates a laid-back, but put-together silhouette.
Rolled Jeans - Jeans are looser this season with the boyfriend jean leading the pack. On warm days, show a little ankle by rolling them up.
Harem Pants - The laid back theme is also seen in harem pants, which offer an alternative to long skirts.
...Moms, always looking for quick, comfortable, but stylish clothes, love harem pants. In fact, you'll see harem pants on women of all ages in France.
Men - While summer style is more relaxed, French men still take care with their appearance. Jeans are loose, but cuffed at the ankle, and longer cargo shorts or "manpris" are a popular style. These are usually at or below the knees giving you an alternative to the cargo shorts you see in the States. Breathable linen or cotton are popular fabrics for both shorts and shirts.
Women's Shoes - If you look again at the photos above, you'll notice that the shoe of the season are strappy sandals, many gladiator style and casual thongs. What is harder to see if the quality of their footwear. The marble side walks and cobble-stoned streets tend to destroy cheaply made shoes, and give you a killer foot ache. Instead, like the French, invest in a pair of fashionable sandals made for walking. The sandals below are examples of how you can look chic and be comfortable at the same time.