There has always been something so utterly captivating about French Style and the women who can exemplify its essence. It’s more than just having the ability to pull a look together, it’s about capturing that quintessentially effortless style while still remaining presenting something well thought-out and put together.
From Jane Berkin’s messy yet frustratingly – impossible – to – recreate fringe and oversized shirts to Jeanne Damas’ perfect Parisian red pout. French style is all about that nonchalant natural beauty with the kind of enviable pared-back wardrobe fashion editors have spent decades referring to as “French girl cool”.
A country famous for its fashion houses (Chanel, Lanvin, Céline, Dior, Alaia, Givenchy, Balenciaga and Jaquemus…to name a few!) It is easy to see how these designers have influenced an entire culture with their dedication to true style and beauty. The French have been inspiring us for decades not just when it comes to fashion but also with their uniquely french bridal looks.
Here at the Mews, we have always been inspired by French fashion so we’ve compiled just a few of our favorite bridal fashion moments to give you some serious “French girl cool” Inspo for your big day.
Ines de la Fressange and financier Luigi d’Urso, 1990
The bride wore: An Yves Saint Laurent suit. Ines represents all that is cool and elegant and stylish about Frenchwomen. Inès de la Fressange is, in short, the quintessence of Parisian chic. Muse and dear friend to legendary designer Yves Saint Laurent, she married finical Luigi d’Urso in 1990 wearing a cream suit jacket and midi dress with accompanying tulle covered top hat… we’re having serious parent trap flashbacks and we love it!
Brigitte Bardot and Roger Vadim, 1952
The Bride Wore: A high-collared, bustled dress accessorized with muff and veil. According to the groom, “Brigitte designed and chose the material for the white, hand-sewn wedding dress from Madame Ogive, the dressmaker on the Rue de Passy.
Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg, 1968
The Bride Wore: A semi-sheer white design made from crocheted lace, the iconic look is renowned for its playful twist on the traditional white wedding dress and its ‘virginal’ connotations. By steering clear of elaborate gowns and instead, keeping it simple with a hint of skin – Birkin became one of the most effortlessly stylish brides in history.
Loulou de La Falaise and Thadée Klossowski, 1977
The bride wore: A Zouave outfit by Yves Saint Laurent, of course! Yves Saint Laurent was a dear friend of both bride and groom and created both of their wedding looks.
Audrey Hepburn and Andrea Dotti, 1969
The Bride Wore: a Hubert de Givenchy– designed long-sleeve, funnelnecked minidress in a pale ballet pink, which she paired with white tights andwhite ballet flats (gloves were also still paramount for Hepburn’s wedding daylook). She topped it off with a matching headscarf.
French bridal style is about exuding a sense of chic confidence, encapsulating a laid-back simplicity that is both romantic in its beauty and naturalism.
Staying true to your own identity while highlighting your favorite elements of yourself in a way that feels authentic to you and your own personal style. Opting for French designers means and you’ll find soft, silk crepes, luxury lace produced in France, beautiful craftsmanship and exceptional fabric quality.
For the French, a wedding isn’t as much a to-do as it may be in the UK or US. Most French brides seem to prefer a more bohemian vibe; opting for a relaxed more intimate setting, with close friends and family, enjoying good food, good wine and of course, good style.
Rather than treating it like the Oscars, the French approach weddings as more of a Met Gala—a chance to make a statement, play around, and not take yourself so seriously.
What resonates and inspires us the most about these bridal looks is how each bride has
represented their own authentic style. The secret to finding your perfect wedding dress is to find something that makes you feel the most like you. French Bridal style is all about celebrating who you are as an individual and being true to yourself.
For more French bridal inspiration and to see the latest collections from our designers check out, Rime Arodaky, Delphine Manivet, Margaux Tardits, Marie Laporte, Caroline Takvorian and Laure de Sagazan.