10 French Style Dresses

French women know how to dress for the summer season and French-style dresses are at the top of their list—everything from midi dresses to slip dresses to maxi, and floral. Today, I am sharing 10 French-style dresses for the season, which you can wear anywhere and for any occasion.

When I think about who inspires me for each season, it’s always the French woman. The way she effortlessly puts an outfit together. She knows exactly what pieces to wear to remain elegant and timeless.

10 French Style Dresses

Here are 10 French-style dresses you can wear this summer or any season actually to feel like a French woman. The best part is that you can do it from anywhere.

When it comes to color stick with more of a neutral palette for the season for solid dresses. Go with color for floral and stripe patterns.

Also, take into consideration the material and fabric of the dress. Stick with fabrics that are lightweight such as linen, cotton, or even silk.

You can easily accessorize your dress with a French market tote and sandals or espadrilles for the ultimate French woman’s summer look.

Floral Dress

The floral dress is the quintessential dress for French women for the summer season. Go with a floral wrap dress or a maxi one. Floral is a whimsical and playful pattern and that’s what the French woman’s summer is all about.

Add a sun hat to a dress like this bright one from Sézane or this blue and white floral pattern from Reformation.


Wrap Dress

A timeless dress option is the wrap dress, which is flattering and shows off your silhouette. A great option is the internet-famous Pippa Dress or this shorter navy version from & Other Stories which you could wear with sandals and a bucket bag.


Shirt Dress

A versatile and easy style is the shirt dress which can be dressed up or dressed down. This type of dress is basically a shirt but only longer to be worn as a dress.

Some of my favorite shirt dresses for the season are this one from Sézane, this navy one from Veronica Beard, and this denim one from Frank & Eileen, which is the exact definition of a shirt dress.

The French way to wear a shirt dress is with sandals or sneakers and dressed up or down.



Every French woman owns a little black dress, it’s part of a French woman’s wardrobe basics and summer is no exception. You can easily dress this style up or down even in the warmer months.

Go casual with sandals or dress it up with heels or slingbacks. Try this satin v-neck dress or this classic version from Reformation.


Slip Dress

Chic and elegant, a slip dress is one a French woman always wears during the summer season. You can easily dress them up or down. Wear one to dinner with sandals or dress it up for an evening concert or party.

A beautiful slip dress helps to accentuate and you can go with an investment style from VINCE or a more affordable version from J.Crew. Whichever way you go, you are sure to resemble a chic French woman in your slip dress as they are part of a French woman’s wardrobe essentials.


Maxi Dress

A longer dress for the season, the maxi dress is one that goes all the way to the ankles. Maybe you have a special event or work function and would feel more appropriate in a longer dress.

You can still wear it French girl style by adding espadrilles or a French market tote. Try this one from Sézane, or this silk maxi version.


White Dress

A white dress not only looks elegant and sophisticated during the summer months but it’s also one of the most versatile.

Besides the fabric, white dresses come in all different lengths. Open any French woman’s closet and you’re sure to find at least one white dress. You can wear a white dress casually or dress it up with a belt around your waist for extra definition.


Linen Dress

Stay cool in a dress every French woman owns, a linen dress. You will not only stay comfortable but also look light and breezy. Go with this everyday option. J.Crew or this classic and chic linen dress from MANGO.


Midi Dress

For the days when you don’t want to wear a maxi dress but aren’t into a short dress either, a Midi dress is the best French dress style option.

Falling between the knee and ankle a midi dress is the perfect everyday dress. You can go with a classic French pattern of stripes, or a pretty floral pattern.


Gingham Dress

French girls do wear gingham. It’s a bit youthful but still a French staple, especially during the summer season.


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