Anthropologie: When You Long To Be A French GamineS

Attention all Amélie wannabes: The January Anthropologie catalog knows that you secretly wish you could be a quirky, insouciant French gamine living in Paris. Or at least: Dress like one.

Anthropologie: When You Long To Be A French GamineS

Une bicyclette: Mandatory.

Anthropologie: When You Long To Be A French GamineS

Tic-Tac-Toe blouse, $98.
Looking as though you can't wait to go home and read some Flaubert: Priceless.

And seriously: Is this the exact coffee shop Amélie worked in?

Anthropologie: When You Long To Be A French GamineS

When you are a happy-go-lucky French girl, vous n'avez pas besoin d'un parapluie. Which translates roughly as : Umbrella, schumbrella!
All you need is a Tracy Reese trench coat ($198) and un sourire.

Anthropologie: When You Long To Be A French GamineS

It's all just so romantic and feminine and pretty! It hurts, a little. Especially because it's so pricey: $58 for the cloche isn't bad, but the "Floating Forsythia" dress and the "Pom Pom" cardigan are $148 each. And the "Wright" dress, which you can't see that much of but can still tell is awesome? $188.

Anthropologie: When You Long To Be A French GamineS

Flashback to that poet's blouse I wore to Lollapalooza in the '90s. It's been discussed already. This top is a rather affordable $78. It's the necklace that breaks the bank at $198.

Anthropologie: When You Long To Be A French GamineS

Do these outfits come with an Air France ticket and a set of Jean-Pierre Jeunet DVDs? And someone to make sure you're always in the softest, most flattering light at all times?

Anthropologie: When You Long To Be A French GamineS

The clothes are nice and all… But. The true key here, of course, is this haircut. After what seemed like years of long, slightly wavy golden locks — Aniston, Gisele, Lively, et al — a dark bob seems sharp, modern and pretty. Not as severe as Wintour or Beckham; this 'do has a je ne sais quoi. And the power to make you believe you can rock that splashy, slightly insane $148 Tracy Reese skirt.

Anthropologie: When You Long To Be A French GamineS

MON DIEU. She's just really beautiful. And hot pink is my color and cardigans are my thing. GET OUT OF MY HEAD, ANTHRO.

Anthropologie: When You Long To Be A French GamineS

I used to bitch about how this is the kind of woman — and outfit — that only women think is sexy, and wonder why guys aren't into cute haircuts and drapey, vintage-y blouses with covered buttons. Then I stopped caring what dudes like.

Anthropologie: When You Long To Be A French GamineS

More deleted scenes from Amélie. Insert your own Mathieu Kassovitz. Oh la la. Bonjour, mon chéri.

Anthropologie: When You Long To Be A French GamineS

The cinematic quality temporarily distracted me from reminding myself that I would never actually wear something like this.

Anthropologie: When You Long To Be A French GamineS

Still: The shot, the model, the dress! Anthropologie, you made me swoon.

Anthropologie: When You Long To Be A French GamineS

Although, keeping true to form, you also made me want to barf.

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