Happy Bastille Day! Celebrate With a Look Back at Our Favorite French Style Icons, From Yesterday and Today

What is it about the French? Or French women to be exact? No matter what they're wearing--whether it be a t-shirt or a ballgown--they always manage to exude that certain...je ne sais quoi. And it's precisely that je ne sais quoi that has inspired designers (and our wardrobes) for generations. So in honor of Bastille Day, we're taking a look back at some of our favorite french style icons--from those of the past like Jane Birkin and Brigitte Bardot, all the way up to the new guard, like Charlotte Gainsbourg and Lea Seydoux. Click through to see them all.
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What is it about the French? Or French women to be exact? No matter what they're wearing--whether it be a t-shirt or a ballgown--they always manage to exude that certain...je ne sais quoi. And it's precisely that je ne sais quoi that has inspired designers (and our wardrobes) for generations. So in honor of Bastille Day, we're taking a look back at some of our favorite french style icons--from those of the past like Jane Birkin and Brigitte Bardot, all the way up to the new guard, like Charlotte Gainsbourg and Lea Seydoux. Click through to see them all.
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What is it about the French? Or French women to be exact? No matter what they're wearing--whether it be a t-shirt or a ballgown--they always manage to exude that certain...je ne sais quoi (sorry, had to).

And it's precisely that je ne sais quoi that has inspired designers (and our wardrobes) for generations.

So in honor of Bastille Day, we're taking a look back at some of our favorite french style icons--from the obvious old school, Brigitte Bardot to Francoise Hardy; to true French standbys like Mademoiselle Agnes and Farida Khelfa; to today's trendsetters like Charlotte Gainsbourg, Olympia Le-Tan and Maison Michel's Laetitia Crahay.

We hope you find some new style icons in the mix. Click through to see them all.

Photos: Getty