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Jane Birkin’s ‘je ne sais quoi’

The French term ‘je ne sais quoi’ loosely translates to ‘I don’t know what’ and is the perfect way to categorize our obsession with Jane Birkin’s style. The English-French actress has long captured the fascination of many within the fashion industry…and not just because she inspired the Hermes Birkin bag!

In many ways, both Birkin and Bridgit Bardot are viewed as the quintessential French girl. Simplistic, nonchalant, elegant, and a bit rough, Jane Birkin’s fashion choices mark her as a formidable influence within fashion. The basket alone proved she didn’t care what people thought of her and her love of neutrals allowed her to pop all the more. If you’re interested in learning more about one of the originals of ‘French Girl Style’ then scroll down to find the keys to her wardrobe.


  • Denim, ideally vintage

  • Loose blouses

  • White shirts

  • Khaki hued-tee shirt

  • Sheer dresses


  • Layered necklaces (often gold)

  • A good basket (or just a handbag that can carry everything you need)

  • Sequin and satin details


  • Loafers

  • Clogs

  • Knee-high boots

  • Ballet flats


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