If you’ve ever imagined what the beaches of the Côte d’Azur look like once summer hits, they’re scattered with sun-kissed, swimsuit-clad French people next to the glittering waters of the Mediterranean. Sounds pretty perfect to us. But in case you aren’t visiting the South of France, it’s still possible to tap into that effortless, cool vibe that French girls don’t put on hold for a trip to la plage.
Interested to find out exactly which swimsuits French girls wear and how to replicate their style, we went straight to the source. We chatted with Anne-Laure Mais, Sabina Socol, Aude Sarkamari, and Sarah Nait—all endlessly chic French girls who filled us in on the styles they avoid and the ones they love to wear. We were surprised to learn that there’s one swimsuit style French girls say non to—anything with high-waisted briefs don’t make the cut. Instead, there are two styles every French girl has in her suitcase: one-pieces and a simple bikini. Not only are the styles flattering, but they’re also easy and timeless. Makes sense. Want to find our which swimsuits are French girl–approved?
Keep reading to shop swimsuit styles handpicked by our favorite French girls.