Charlotte Gainsbourg: France's Most Fashion-Forward Style Star Turns 42 Today!

Today marks the 42nd birthday of French actress, singer, and fashion icon Charlotte Gainsbourg. It was no surprise that the daughter of provocative Gallic musician Serge Gainsbourg and super-stylish Brit Jane Birken would grow up to become one of our favorite chic-yet-casual European fashion muses. (Seriously, listen to her parents sing about 1969).

Gainsbourg picks up where her mother left off when it comes to providing retro-classic style inspiration, and today seems the perfect day to celebrate that. Below, we've dissected some of the actress' style signatures--from hair and makeup to her go-to ensembles. Read on!

Effortless Hair

Like most chic Parisians, Charlotte's tousled hair is a signature part of her look. She seldom wears it up or in any particular style.

To get the cut, ask your hairstylist for long layers and to trim thin bangs just to the bridge of your nose.

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