Get the look: Jane Birkin

Jenessa Williams 6 April 2018

An icon of British fashion, Jane Birkin’s approach to style is one that has left an indelible mark on how we dress today. Luckily for us, getting Jane’s style doesn’t have to include buying our own Hermes “Birkin” bag…

Chambray casual

Perfect for busy weekends and breezy getaways, the Chambray blouse and jeans combination is a much more wearable alternative to double denim.

Monsoon have an excellent range of lightweight fabrics such as this tunic top (£45) which looks great with a subtle take on the patchwork jean (The Outnet, £113).

For true Birkin style, feet are kept bare and accessories minimal—a tortoiseshell clip to sweep long hair away from the face (£18 for three, Oliver Bonas) and a delicate pendant to draw attention to décolletage (£50, Kate Spade)


Western neutrals

Most people’s memories of the swinging 60s involve high colour and tiny hemlines, but there was also plenty of reference to country shapes and styles.

Birkin’s look for Vogue has come right back around in fashion, best achieved with an array of textures.

Gap’s soft taupe leggings (£16.99) provide a comfortable partner to a silky H&M blouse (£17.99), cinched in with a tasseled ASOS belt (£7).

Mannish accessories help subvert a feminine hairstyle—a watch from Fossil (£57), boots from Boden (£91) and a deeper toned cape from Peter Hahn (£29) bring the look together in a way that is perfect for festivals or chilly-day layering.


Golden girl

Everybody loves a touch of glitter for a special occasion, but gold can be difficult to pull off on every skintone. Pairing it with navy blue like Birkin is a great way to tone things down, but still adhere to a formal dress code.

Chi Chi London’s cocktail frock (£50) is perfect for adding curves, and pairs well with a fun, sheer pair of blue tights (£4.99, H&M).

Keep things matchy-matchy for the rest of the look—an on-trend basket-woven bag from Khokho (£401), gold dancing shoes (£90, Debenhams) and a slick of expertly applied black liner—Milani’s “Stay Put” formula (£8) will keep it’s place all evening.


Flower power

The iconic photographs from Jane Birkin’s meeting with The Beatles is one etched in fashion history, and for good reason.

A classic 60s print, similar florals are abundant on the high street this season, in fits that are a little more mature than Jane’s skimpy smock.

For £190, Ganni’s maxi dress is the perfect wedding outfit, with ruffles that hint at romance and whimsy. Beige, “natural” hued accessories add to the “earth mother” feel and can be worn throughout the season. Try these rope sandals from Topshop (£49), pretty watch from Sekonda’s Summertime editions range (£26) and of course, Jane’s staple basket bag (£25.99, Zara).

A pale pink lipstick is enough to add a summer glow—we like the shade “Petal Pink” from Clarins (£22).


Suited & booted

Pictured with her beau Serge Gainsbourg, this image of Jane could easily have been taken from the catalogues of AW18.

Designer Isabel Marant has delivered a near identical jacket in her latest collection, retailing at £545 and pairing perfectly with a more purse-friendly Aubergine trouser—£63 at Freemans—and simple loafers (£65, Carvela)

The signature Birkin look doesn’t stop at clothes, that fringe is an essential part of her look and one that looks great with careful maintenance. If you’re considering the chop, invest in a pair of GHD mini stylers (£119)—the shorter barrel makes it easy to nab every hair, keeping everything in place.