If you want to tap into just what makes French girls, well, French, look no further than their lingerie drawers. Inside, you’ll find evidence of their easy attitude and effortlessness—that undeniable je ne sais quoi that makes them so cool. Interested to find out more about their unique take on lingerie, we chatted with four real French girls about the pieces they buy and how they wear them.
For Parisian girls, lingerie isn’t an afterthought. It lays the foundation for a look and is as essential to their outfits as the right pair of shoes. Pieces aren’t overtly sexy. Instead, they have a subtle hint of sensuality. Subtlety is really the key here. You won’t find push-up bras or padded pieces that are sexy in an obvious way. Instead, Parisians focus on finding bras and underwear in flattering silhouettes that look good underneath their clothes or even as part of the outfit. A blazer or men’s shirt might be intentionally unbuttoned to show a small glimpse of a lace bra underneath—a balance of masculin et féminin that French girls often strike with their looks.
What it really comes down to, though, is banking on the attitude of being ready for wherever the day might take you and feeling your best. As French model Clémentine Desseaux puts it, “We love to be comfortable but always cute, in case someone ends up seeing our undies, and also, really, just to feel sexy and confident.”
Go on to see the three pieces every Parisian has in her lingerie drawer, and then shop the different pieces and brands many French girls wear.