You may have noticed that FGD doesn’t feature all of the most popular French fashion influencers. The reason for that is because we’re more fascinated with a new kind of French influencer: the casual-chic, effortless look.
In Paris, a new Instagram trend has emerged and can be summed up as street style with no filter. In the United States, Instagram influencers tend to shoot posed shots with professional cameras and then heavily edit them in Photoshop. In Paris, there is a small but passionate group of French style influencers shooting natural looks on their iPhones, editing them very minimally, and posting directly to Instagram. Their shots are often completely candid, and while they probably do pay attention to the lighting, most everything about their posts is totally natural.
The clothes they wear are mostly casual chic – lots of vintage jeans, plaid blazers and leather boots, and while their outfits are beautiful, they aren’t flashy or overly coordinated. It’s likely you wouldn’t even notice them on the street because they’re just so effortless.
The trend has spread beyond Paris, with girls sharing their iPhone street style shots from greater France, Europe and Russia. I have yet to find a United States-based influencer sharing these types of shots, but please let me know if there is one you know of in the comments!
French Style Influencers
I find it fascinating that this casual-chic style has gained so much popularity on Instagram so I decided to share with you the 15 accounts I think you should follow and see if it appeals to you. We also regularly feature our favorite looks from these accounts on our own Instagram account. This influencer list features the major well-known Parisian style influencers, but stay tuned for a list featuring the lesser-known up and coming French style influencers, too!
1. Jeanne Damas | @jeannedamas
Jeanne Damas is the original casual-chic French fashion influencer who pioneered the popularity of effortless French fashion in the 21st century. While other French bloggers had carefully pieced together outfits, Jeanne gained a following by sharing candid photographs of her and her friends having fun in Paris. She didn’t even use a professional camera the way most bloggers did! With over 1 million followers, she is well-known for her full-lipped pout and sixties-style bangs.
2. Sabina Socol | @sabinasocol
Sabina Socol started out in the publishing world, as the social editor of L’Officiel. Soon enough, she gained popularity for posting unfiltered looks of herself in Paris, and went freelance with her career. She often used a film camera to document her style, a practice she still keeps up to this day. She is frequently compared to Brigitte Bardot for her curvy frame and blonde locks.
3. Anne Laure Mais Moreau | @adenorah
Under the blog name Adenorah, Anne Laure Mais Moreau began publishing her outfits online in 2009. The Bayonne-native completed her studies in Bordeaux before moving to Paris, all the while gaining a strong following for her casual chic looks with a 70s vibe.
4. Leia Sfez | @leiasfez
Leia Sfez is a Paris-based business owner who gained a following by launching a legging business for babies called Diapers & Milk. Though she is no longer promoting the business, she has gained a strong Instagram following for her minimal chic French style. Many of her looks are quite simple featuring a straight leg jean, in blue, white or black. She tends to purchase statement pieces like shoes or handbags which stand out the most!
5. Camille Charrière | @camillecharriere
Although based in London, Camille Charrière hasn’t forgotten her French style roots and regularly posts casual-chic looks that French girls are known for. Her messy blonde hair is part of what makes her posts instantly recognizable, in addition to her nonchalant and carefree poses!
6. Pia | @pia_mbd
As a relative newcomer to the Instagram style influencer world, Pia has rapidly gained a passionate following. With a love for vintage clothing and supporting local designers, the 23 year old Parisian-native has an enviable style. Around half of her posts are lifestyle shots, and you can get some great tips on where to eat and shop in Paris by following her account.
7. Monica de La Villardière | @monicaainleydlv
This Canandian has taken the French Instagram world by storm. Formerly known as Monica Ainley, Monica is a Canadian expat who couldn’t resist the charm of Parisian style – and stayed in Paris after her studies were finished. Monica is a dear friend of Camille Charrière, but has found her own following in posting effortless street style looks in Paris.
8. Alizée Gamberini | @alizeegamberini
Alizée isn’t your typical smiling influencer. This parisienne by way of Italy is known for her expressionless pout and stringy brown hair that sometimes covers her eyes. Her love of photography and creative content is clear by her uniquely artsy feed.
9. Constance Arnoult | @constancearnlt
Who wouldn’t be charmed by the gorgeous Constance Arnoult, a former ballet dancer from Paris with extra long blonde hair? In addition to her uber-French outfits, Constance shares her love for French culture with lots of music and book recommendations on her feed!
10. Lucia Cuesta | @luciacuesta_
The queen of French street style in Spain is undoubtedly Lucia Cuesta, a jewelry designer from Madrid. Whether browsing a vintage market or sipping on a coffee en terrasse, Lucia’s appreciation for French style and culture is clear. With her cobblestone street style shots, you may even mistake her for being in Paris!
11. Elborn Doris | @elborn_doris
The Korean darling of the French fashion world is Elborn Doris, an ifluencer and fashion designer who shares her looks as an expat in Paris. She tends to wear long wool wrap coats, cozy knits, and oversized sunglasses. Her café-casual looks and Parisian street style is enviable, to say the least.
12. Lamia Lagha | @lamialand
As a close friend of Jeanne Damas, Lamia has been able to make a name for herself as a creative director in the fashion world. Her perfectly imperfect shots in Paris often feature high waisted jeans and her signature look is a bright red-lipped pout.
13. Louise Govilas | @louvills
The half French, half Greek blonde-haired beauty Louise Govilas runs an account to rely on when it comes to French style inspiration. Louise is regular about sharing her casual chic Parisian looks. She wears lots of Re/Done jeans, oversized sweaters, Realisation Par dresses and handbags by Tila March. Vintage is also a popular theme of her outfits, which are regularly composed with at least one vintage item.
14. Léa-Elisabeth | @syderale_
Another newcomer is Bordeaux-based Léa-Elisabeth who publishes under the username @syderale_. Léa-Elisabeth’s quintessentially French outfits are complimented by her mid-century modern apartment, which provides a great backdrop for her thoughtfully curated feed.
15. Lucillia Chenel | @lucilliachenel
As a young 20th century furniture dealer, Lucillia Chenel must have a good eye for pleasing aesthetics. Her feed is a dashing mix of casual French style and vintage design inspiration.
Who are your favorite French style influencers?