English actress, model, singer, and film director Jane Birkin is a woman of many talents. While scandalous duets and racy pictorials shot this care-free spirit to the top of the Hollywood elite during the 70s and 80s, her style continues to inspire throughout the present day.Looking to invest in classic staples when it comes to your summer basics? Peasant tops, body conscious dresses, nautical tops, flared jeans, and key accessories are cues taken from this fashion icon, and when added to any wardrobe, can give it an instant easy, laid-back summer feel, all at an affordable cost.For a nautical look as seen on Jane Birkin, try a comfortable race-back tank, like this stripe raceback tank by Alexander Wang, $80. Step into stylish Jessica Simpson Ballet Flats , $32.42 (on sale from $58.95), and spend a day exploring a sea village in comfort.
Sexy yet simple, Jane set the perfect example for a summer night out in a slimming black body-con dress, much like this Ribbon Knit Dress Juciy from French Connection, $158.
And while a myriad of accessory options can be added easily to this simple dress, the perfect match demonstrated by Jane is a pendant necklace, similar to this Couture on the Rocks Pendant Necklace from Zappos, $50.One summer essential which has still failed to go out of style is the easy peasant top, given a current edge as seen through this Gap Capped-Sleeve Ruffle Top, $54.50. For the perfect rustic accent, this American Eagle Square Basic Leather Belt, $24.50, is seen on Jane to be a given staple to any denim, top pairing.
For full laid back look, consider pairing with flare jeans by James Jeans, $63 (from $189).
No matter what your style is this summer, guaranteed inspiration can be found through this Hollywood icon. And who knows, adopt one of Jane Birkin’s classic looks, and you may find yourself frolicking down a beach with your own Serge Gainsbourg…