You can’t deny the je ne sais quoi of French women–there’s just something so elegant and elevated yet annoyingly effortless about their fashion and beauty. But don’t be fooled–their seemingly effortless French style is harder to achieve than it looks. In honor of Bastille Day, we’ve rounded up the 14 French women throughout history with the most beloved manes.
Brigitte Bardot might just be one of the most recognizable French manes on Earth. Known for her teased, tousled blonde hair, Brigette was never afraid to take her hair to high heights. Headbands, pigtails, heavy side-swept fringe or bows–Brigitte did it all.
Jane Birkin’s signature bangs with straight hair might just be one of the most repinned styles on Pinterest, and for good reason. Jane’s effortlessly undone ‘do is just as legendary as her perfectly laid back style.
When you’re the daughter of aforementioned Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg–style runs in your blood. Charlotte’s messy mane pays homage to her iconic mom, Jane.
Lily Rose Depp
Lily Rose Depp is an up-and-coming “it” girl who counts French actress Vanessa Paradis and Johnny Depp as her parents. Cool runs in her blood, and her style and beauty game is already majorly on point. We love her loose curls and big doe eyes.
Lou Doillin is another French actress who is also the daughter of Jane Birkin. Lou’s heavy bang and perfect balayage make her a total babe.
There’s really no look that Marion Cotillard can’t pull off, but we prefer her with a sweet, brunette bob.
French women in the ’60s delivered so much goodness. Anna Karina is another example that French women somehow just manage to do everything better.
Lily Rose Depp definitely got it from her mama! Vanessa Paradis started acting and singing in her teens and has remained a mainstay on the French film scene ever since, and is even one of Karl Lagerfeld’s muses!
Catherine Deneuve is proof that being a lady is anything but boring. The French film star served as muse for Yves Saint Laurent, and is easy recognizable thanks to her bouncy, blonde blowout.
Emanuelle Alt is the Editor-in-Chief of French Vogue for a reason–the woman knows how to nail off-duty style and beauty everyday.
Clemence Posey is like a modern day French ’60s muse. Her effortlessly tousled waves are major #goals.
Francoise Hardy and the ’60s French music scene go hand-in-hand–so it comes as no surprise that her heavy bangs and straight strands are a constant source of inspiration.
Gaia Weiss is apart of the new wave of effortless French girls breaking onto the Hollywood movie scene. Gaia is both an actress and model, and we expect to see her blonde popping up on pinterest inspo boards left and right.
You probably recognize this French bombshell from her extensive modeling work–namely for brands like GUESS and Victoria’s Secret.
Even though she’s technically American, Jean lived half of her life in France and starred in tons of both American and European films.