#TBT: Jane Birkin

Jane-Birkin-720x1036Chances are that cool-girl Jane Birkin would absolutely detest the word chic for fear of being cliché. Come on, the iconic Hermes Birkin bag wasn’t named after her for nothing! That’s right, a $10,000+ handbag named after a woman who favored carrying a straw basket. Bohemian yet also refined, this British actress and singer truly understood the art of letting your natural beauty shine through. We can’t all be graced with Jane’s astonishing looks, but we can certainly fake it! Here’s how:

Jane’s simple, slept-in hair is every woman’s dream ‘do. Unfortunately, we aren’t all #blessed with that perfect God-given texture.  To mimic her look, blow dry your hair straight with a smoothing product such as Living Proof Straight Spray ($29). Since Jane’s coif always looked perfectly imperfect, add some texture with Bumble and Bumble Surf Infusion ($29) on the ends. Cutting fringe like hers is certainly a big commitment, but so is having a boyfriend. Bangs require less maintenance than he will… guaranteed.

Jane nailed the no-makeup-makeup trend long before it even was one. When going for this look, keep in mind that it is all about less is more. Eyes should be lightly lined with a soft liner such as Chantecaille Gel Liner ($33), which is the ideal smudgy texture to help achieve that doe-eyed appearance. To brighten up your lookers like Jane’s, consider rimming your waterline with Napoleon Perdis Oil-Free Creamy Eyeliner Pencil ($20) in white. Statement lashes are a non-negotiable, and Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Mascara ($32) gives the extreme volume and length that you’ll need. And don’t forget your lower lash line; Jane had that spider-like lash hair thing on fleek. A dab of pinky cream blush and a swipe of the perfect nude lipstick, like Tom Ford in Spanish Pink ($50), completes the look.

Jane’s style was understated and simple. It’s safe to assume she would effortlessly pair a Saint James for J.Crew Slouchy Tee ($90) with figure-flattering Frame Le High Flared Jeans ($209). However, she certainly had her hippie moments as well. Mimic Jane at an upcoming music festival in Reformation’s flirty and vintage-esque Riley Dress ($198). In reality, Jane could probably pull off a trash bag and be labeled a style star, but these options will help out us mere mortals.


Casey Sharbaugh currently resides in New York City and works in the fashion industry. In her spare time, you can find Casey spinning, trying new beauty products, or browsing the city for the best ice cream cone.

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