6 Essential Bras Every French Girl Owns

Deconstructing the Parisian woman鈥檚 world-renowned style is no easy feat. Between that hint of attitude, her less-is-more beauty habits, and the laissez-faire nature of her lazy-girl strands, choosing garments that channel her innate confidence is key 鈥 but how? To find out, we asked our very own French-American muse, Adrienne Gaskell, of the Parisian lingerie line Simone P茅r猫le. In addition to priceless French-style pointers 鈥 like saying yes to lace and embracing sheer brassieres 鈥 we learned that the secret behind the French woman鈥檚 sly smile has to do with what she鈥檚 wearing underneath. These are the six bras every French girl owns that will put the twinkle in your eye tout le temps.

Black Lace Demi

1. Gaskell reveals, 鈥淟ace is as essential to the French girl鈥檚 lingerie wardrobe as perfume is to her beauty routine 鈥 and an all-over black lace bra is always needed. The secret to wearing an all-lace bra? Wear it for yourself, unapologetically, and with confidence. Paris style queen, Caroline de Magret, summed it up when she said, 鈥榃ear a black bra under your white blouse, like two notes on a sheet of music.鈥 Avoid a black push-up or opaque T-shirt bra under a white T-shirt, as this presents 鈥榯oo much bra鈥 and detracts from the edgy elegance of a delicate lace number. Otherwise, black lace under white is a go!鈥 Brit + Co Pick: Blush Lingerie Sheer Desire Demi ($58)

Triangle Bralette

2. La Parisienne鈥檚 go-to bra of the moment is the lace triangle bralette. It exudes natural sexiness and a cool factor that doesn鈥檛 try too hard. The bralette lends itself perfectly to pops of color and touches of lace under your outfit. Wear a white lace bralette under your white tee to instantly elevate your look. It鈥檚 chic and yet totally French-cool (i.e., 鈥榥ot trying too hard鈥). Bralettes are also a great way to play with color. Wear shades that make you feel beautiful and laces that feel divine against your skin. You should never feel intimidated or uncomfortable in your lingerie鈥 Au contraire, lace is intimate, feminine and reflects your unique personal style.鈥 Brit + Co Pick:Anine Bing Stretch-Lace Soft Cup Triangle Bra ($80)

SleEk Seamless Bra

3. 鈥淓very French girl has a seamless bra for those curve-hugging outfits (think: body-con dress),鈥 Gaskell continues. 鈥淚t鈥檚 all about creating a smooth and seamless silhouette. But in true Parisian style, even her most seamless bra always has a little edge. For a fresh take on the T-shirt bra, look for stylish touches like satin or hints of lace, in feminine neutrals like blush, or colors you love. You鈥檒l feel pretty and still achieve the effortless and seamless look your outfit calls for.鈥 Brit + Co Pick: Thirdlove Satin Demi Bra ($76)

Sexy Plunge

4. 鈥淔rench girls love the occasional reveal of a sexy low-cut d茅collet茅, which she鈥檒l often balance with a pair of high waisted jeans and undone hair. Seduction is all about flirtation鈥 hinting at what鈥檚 to come!鈥 reveals Gaskell. 鈥淣ab a bra with a low plunging neckline and rock it under a button-down or plunge top or wrap dress. Reveal a hint of scalloped lace under your look for a little extra ooh la la. French girls love to reveal a peek of lace.鈥 Brit + Co Pick: Implicite Espi猫gle Plunge ($59)

Bold statement bra

5. Gaskell lets us in on another French style commandment, saying, 鈥淔or the French, lingerie is about artfully covering the body, hiding just enough to tease the senses. What you cover, how you cover it, and with what is the key to the game of seduction. Lingerie is about adorning the body, so go ahead, take pleasure in the process. Be bold, but most of all, wear pieces that you feel amazing in, and wear it with total confidence.鈥 Brit + Co Pick: Simone P茅r猫le聽Java Sheer Plunge ($105)

elegant push-up

6. When she doesn鈥檛 go for a strapless style, elegant push-ups pair best with lower necklines in evening. 鈥淭he secret to wearing a push-up like a French girl is simple: Don鈥檛 wear it to reveal cleavage. It sounds counter-intuitive, but it鈥檚 more about creating that va-va-voom silhouette than it is about showing skin. Look for details like lace, embroidery, and sexy strapping to wow with that hourglass shape on date night.鈥 Brit + Co Pick: La Perla Marble Mood ($315)

(Featured photo via Simone P茅r猫le)

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