If anyone does the job of epitomizing the French cool of the 60s and 70s, it is Jane Birkin. Indeed, between her gamine charm, love affair with Serge Gainsbourg, and that eponymous Hermès bag, it’s safe to say that the doeeyed singer-actress has achieved nothing short of icon status. We at Les Femmes are certainly on board – Jane is the definition of a Femme Muse. She’s the woman who catches the plane with a single-change of clothes in her carry-on, who does her makeup in five minutes, who wears the same outfit to the Café de Flore as she does to take a walk in the countryside … because it’s not just the clothes that make the look, but the spirit of the woman who wears them.
Without further ado, a selection of the Birkin essentials to channel her timeless style:
Can’t go wrong with a staple …
Jane is the champion of the classic tee. Add a pair of flares, a smudge of lipstick, and you’re set ★ Shop the Ali Golden Roll Sleeve T-shirt in Black here
But we love a little flounce …
The Birkin blousey whites never fail to make us blush ★ Shop the Kristinit Walk in the Park Top in Cream here
Who taught her how to groove?
Jane may be London-born, but she still takes advantage of the distinctive French stripes ★ Shop the Dolores Haze Marsha Dress here
It’s what’s underneath that counts …
No wardrobe is complete without the right pair of intimates ★ Shop the Botanica Workshop Bandeau Bra here and Woven Brief here
And we can’t forget…
That idiosyncratic straw basket that only charms us more because of its coexistence with Jane’s aforementioned Hermès namesake ★ Shop the Standard Birkin Basket here
So throw on a white chemise and your worn-in blue jeans – maybe even nab that Les Femmes Birkin bag while you’re at it – and take to the streets with “Di doo dah” in your ears… it’s almost a summer afternoon in Paris.
By Paris Reid