French Woman Style
French style icons such as Coco Chanel, Catherine Deneuve or Ines de la Fressange have been role models to many women for generations. They embody the image of delicacy, elegance and sovereignty - they have that certain something. That certain something, which consists of elegance and nonchalance - we would all like that.
The key to this elegance lies within the subtleness and simplicity of the clothes.
Because the motto of the French women is: keep it simple.
They love to dress creatively without looking stylish. A small fashion faux pas can always be there in order to bring chic and coolness together.
With boring fashion classics such as the striped shirt, they conjure up a new outfit by combining it with white, wide trousers, and a leather jacket.
In addition, they like to take themselves into the wardrobe of their husband or boyfriend:
This way his striped shirt is misused and knotted over a tight skirt or trousers. The jacket is easily thrown over the shoulders and the sweater fits almost perfectly to the narrow trousers - everything should look as relaxed and purely random as possible - but please not stylish.
Nevertheless, here are a few important and basic rules for the French woman style:
- The cuts:
All cuts must have a slight width, body playing without looking baggy.
The silhouette of the wearer should show figure, but must never be tight.
Tubular trousers with narrow but not skintight legs and wide trousers with a narrow waistband are perfect because the narrow waist is visible through the waistband.
Shift dresses, narrow blazers worn with belts embody elegance and let the figure come to the forefront.
An absolute no-go is skintight clothing such as leggings or stretch tops.
- The colours:
Colours that can be combined, make it easier to put together your daily wardrobe.
The elegant Parisian woman prefers classic colours such as black, blue, grey and subtle nude shades like beige, cream and powder. On special occasions she likes to make a statement in red when others appear in black and dark blue.
Bright colours are frowned upon. Pink and neon green are not to be found in the wardrobe.
- The Must Haves in the wardrobe:
Clothes that are elementarily important for French-chic:
A perfectly cut trench coat
The classic Breton shirt / striped shirt
Straight leg jeans
A shift dress
Large, dark sunglasses
- No-Go List:
Combing your hair.
The full look also should include make-up and hair.
The French woman exercises restraint when it comes to make-up.
Full eyebrows, red lips and a little rouge are enough to give the face expression.
The hair should look ‘undone' or the ‘just out of bed’ style is perfect.
Imperfect perfectionism - that's the French philosophy that makes them so admirable and says everything you need to know about them.