'60s French Films Are At the Core Of My Summer Aesthetic—7 Trends I'm Copying

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I’ve always had a thing for old French movies, with the architecture, design, fashion, colors, and language all playing a part in their appeal. If you ask me, the most alluring ones always take place in the summer, when the genre’s iconic bright hues appear diluted by the sunshine over St. Tropez and the on-screen style consists mainly of capri pants, stark-white maillots, and hair accessories ranging from acetate headbands to Mod bandanas. Picking just one decade would be hard, but with the 1960s being an option to choose from—a period that saw Brigitte Bardot, Jane Birkin, Marie Laforêt, and Romy Schneider grace the big screen with their royal presence—there really is no question. It’s the winner by a clear mile.

Naturally, with summer underway, I’ve been busy refreshing my knowledge of some classics from the era like La Piscine (The Swimming Pool), Le Mépris (Contempt), and Plein Soleil (Purple Noon) in an effort to gather as much seasonal inspiration as possible, particularly in the fashion department. Since my forever aesthetic goals revolve around the women in these three films, stills from them make for the perfect mood-board starters as I continue to shape and perfect my summer 2024 wardrobe. If yours is similar, you’ve come to the right place. Scroll down to discover 7 trends that I’ll be borrowing from the stars of some of France’s most epic vintage films, ranging from gingham print to A-line skirts and so much more.

Gingham Print

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Though she isn’t La Piscine‘s leading lady, Jane Birkin has more than her fair share of iconic moments in Jacques Deray’s 1969 film, plenty of which included enviable ensembles just like the ones Birkin donned (and continues to don) off-screen in her everyday life. The above still features one such look, with the French fashion darling wearing a tiny, blue-and-white gingham minidress that’s just as relevant in 2024 as it was back in the ’60s. From High Sport to J.Crew, everyone’s craving elevated takes on the picnic print this summer—myself included.