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So, we have this ultimate fantasy of being a real French woman, and we feel pretty confident that you do, too. Daydream along with us for a moment: You live in a chic Montmartre apartment and start each morning at your local pâtisserie with almond croissants and a café au lait, and in the summers, you head to the Riviera and bask under the sun looking impossibly cool....Of course, you'd have to have the proper wardrobe to outfit your Francophile fantasy, and for that you'd need to look no further than Petit Bateau, the beloved French brand that never fails to deliver on quiet Parisian chic. Petit Bateau's spring '12 lookbook, with its delightful selection of summer staples, is practically snatched from the closet we wished to always have: retro swimwear, simple cotton dresses in dreamy neutrals, and perfectly slouched dresses and separates done up in those classic French nautical stripes. We may have to bring the Riviera to us this year, and embrace our inner beachy French babe in a collection that epitomizes exactly what she's all about.