5 Ways to Channel Your Inner Jane Birkin

It's likely that nobody will ever look as good in a white T-shirt and jeans as Jane Birkin—but we can try, can't we?

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Birkin made stripey tees a fashion essential, so we tried a classic navy sailor shirt by St. James (<a href="http://www.jcrew.com/womens_category/ingoodcompany/saintjames/PRDOVR~96508/96508.jsp?srcCode=AFFI00001&siteId=Hy3bqNL2jtQ-OkOCd*9J3rsMmMso482E4A" target="_blank">$90 at J.Crew</a>) with Miu Miu's smart cropped trousers (<a href="http://www.net-a-porter.com/product/318812?cm_mmc=LinkshareUS-_-Hy3bqNL2jtQ-_-Custom-_-LinkBuilder&siteID=Hy3bqNL2jtQ-U3jI9WiXfjDXBA64NSot0g" target="_blank">$485 at Net-a-Porter</a>). A pair of patent grey lace-ups from Dieppa Restrepo (<a href="http://www.lagarconne.com/store/item.htm?itemid=15614&sid=1184&pid=" target="_blank">$239 at LaGarconne</a>) feel comfy and sophisticated, while Intiq's woven satchel (<a href="http://www.jcrew.com/womens_special_shops/HandbagShop/FeaturedHandbags/PRDOVR~88523/88523.jsp" target="_blank">$295 at J.Crew</a>) adds funky boho charm.
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Birkin was famous for her ultra-casual ensembles, but we put a dressy spin on white cotton drawstring trousers (<a href="http://us.topshop.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?catalogId=33060&storeId=13052&productId=4982147&langId=-1&siteID=Hy3bqNL2jtQ-5lqdj.XITredTq76XgdSQA&cmpid=aff_ls_tsus&_$ja=tsid:21416|prd:Hy3bqNL2jtQ" target="_blank">$64 at Topshop</a>) by pairing them with a washed silk Equipment shirt (<a href="http://www.net-a-porter.com/product/326163?cm_mmc=LinkshareUS-_-Hy3bqNL2jtQ-_-Custom-_-LinkBuilder&siteID=Hy3bqNL2jtQ-RPcDoVEfWZKnJ3fcc1YghQn" target="_blank">$210 at Net-a-Porter</a>) and Raquel Allegra's draped black blazer (<a href="http://www.lagarconne.com/store/item.htm?itemid=17087&sid=19&pid=" target="_blank">$803 at LaGarconne</a>). To anchor the look and keep it practical, we added black suede flats from Topshop (<a href="http://us.topshop.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?beginIndex=101&viewAllFlag=&catalogId=33060&storeId=13052&productId=4616612&langId=-1&sort_field=Relevance&categoryId=208694&parent_categoryId=208581&pageSize=20n" target="_blank">$56 at Topshop</a>).
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Stella McCartney's one-sleeved white lace dress (<a href="http://www.net-a-porter.com/product/179229?cm_mmc=LinkshareUS-_-Hy3bqNL2jtQ-_-Custom-_-LinkBuilder&siteID=Hy3bqNL2jtQ-VapvTNaJaFj9lwASWvZCygn" target="_blank">$4,075 at Net-a-Porter</a>) channels Jane Birkin's signature "going-out" look in the '60s and '70s (during which time the actress was known for her super-short minis and scandalous sheer fabrics). We paired the dress with a Me&Ro charm necklace (<a href="http://www.barneys.com/Me-Ro-Gold-Scrimshaw-Sacred-Heart-Pendant-Necklace/00505018334067,default,pd.html?utm_source=GAN&utm_medium=Polyvore&utm_campaign=Primaryn" target="_blank">$1,130 at Barneys New York</a>) and scalloped coral flats by Chloe (<a href="http://www.mytheresa.com/us_en/gaza-leather-ballerinas-140046.html" target="_blank">$459 at MyTheresa</a>).
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There may be no better homage to Birkin's understated sense of style than the perfect LBD, and this season the Row's woven wool dress takes the cake (<a href="http://www.net-a-porter.com/product/198238?cm_mmc=LinkshareUS-_-Hy3bqNL2jtQ-_-Custom-_-LinkBuilder&siteID=Hy3bqNL2jtQ-ASAxKnaUqKUDX6p2b_qDjQ" target="_blank">$795 at Net-a-Porter</a>). For a nod to the swinging '60s, we styled the look with a floral-print scarf by Marc Jacobs (<a href="http://www.mytheresa.com/us_en/daisy-print-scarf.html?siteID=Hy3bqNL2jtQ-ZLlkPBVaMqa_jHXH6UUUdQ&quid=61058463421S1091658T&gkid=acx&utm_source=Affilate&utm_medium=INT&utm_campaign=2" target="_blank">$346 at MyTheresa</a>), a shimmery charm necklace (<a href="http://www.forever21.com/Product/Product.aspx?BR=f21&Category=acc_necklace&ProductID=1019572836&VariantID=n" target="_blank">$6.80 at Forever21</a>) and, of course, shiny ballerina flats in warm nude (<a href="http://us.topshop.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?catalogId=33060&storeId=13052&productId=1903248&langId=-1&siteID=Hy3bqNL2jtQ-_HVJOp3FQN2xbp8AOQmaLg&cmpid=aff_ls_tsus&_$ja=tsid:21416|prd:Hy3bqNL2jtQ" target="_blank">$32 at Topshop</a>).
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