Over the last couple of decades, the world has truly become a global village. Food, music, cinema, literature, culture, fashion – everything has turned into a beautiful hybrid mosaic.
However, there are still times when a certain style or trait strikes a chord in your mind about one particular country, or region. Let’s see what image pops in your mind with these words: bold beret, flat shoes, feline liner, bold red pout, and a sleek trench coat.
We know you would say ‘a chic French Fashionista’!
See what we mean?
There is a certain air of elegance and class in French fashion style.
I always loved European fashion style, and living in the southern part of Belgium for a few months with my husband in 2016 made me realizing French fashion fits me more perfectly than any other ever has!
In just a few months, I completely fell in love.
It is very minimalistic, unlike the bold Arab fashion and beauty standards.
Yet, it still carries the mysteriousness of Arab fashion and makeup styles. French fashion is hardly as popping and rapidly changing as American fashion style.
French fashion is still deeply rooted in its traditions, and that is the beauty of it.
If you are wanting to try something different this year, or just working in general to maintain a more sustainable wardrobe, going French is a fantastic way to spice things up.
Here are a few style tips that you can borrow from French fashionistas, especially the art of maintaining your individual aura in a fashion forward way.
Be Individual, Be You
The first tip that you should learn from the French girl fashion guide is to embrace, respect, and flaunt who you are. French fashionistas do not consume their energies on being a uniform herd of sheep.
From every mainstream celeb, to designers, to creative directors – all Parisian fashion beauties work their ensembles around their physical body shapes and comfort levels.
Not the other way around.
A certain kind of beauty emerges when you confidently flaunt what you feel comfortable in, rather than making a joke out of yourself in an attempt to fit in.
If there is only one thing you take away from the conventional French fashion style – make it this one.
Adopt a personal style that suits you.
It is okay to experiment a little with colors, cuts, and fabrics every once in a while, but rapid and complete wardrobe transitions in an attempt to look more fashionable and trendy is not something we would approve!
Neutral is Not Boring! This Includes Black.
You can hardly ever go wrong with a neutral color palette.
Beige, brown, nude, black, white, and cream sit well with all skin tones, hair colors, and styles. Most French fashion divas build their outfits based on a pretty neutral color palette, and then add a pop of bright color in form of an accessory.
This way, you will have a more practical and workable wardrobe- without trying too hard!
Menswear-esque is Beautiful
Perhaps one of the most distinguished trait of French women fashion style is its inspiration and inclusion of menswear!
We are not talking about chunky vests, boxy suits, or manly pantsuits.
The center of attention here is slim-fit, sleek and flattering lose trousers, ruffled shirts or crisp button ups, and simple no-nonsense pumps.
The French women makes menswear-esque attire so chic and beautiful, that you always envy them.
This is how fashion is done, without compromising your comfort and ease.
Dainty Can Still Make a Bold Statement
Like everything else, the French jewelry trends also incline towards a very minimal approach.
Take Dior’s lineup of jewelry for example, you will find plenty of dainty, delicate and precious gemstone and pearl pieces there.
There is hardly any place for oversized chokers, or big layered arm candies. Elegance is the first standard of prettiness for the Parisian fashion divas.
Scarves Will Take You a Long way
French women love their scarves!
Unlike big bulky necklaces or chokers, scarves are their way of adding a statement fashion piece to their ensemble.
From silk, to satin, to wool, to crochet – there are seventy million ways you can rock a scarf the French way.
But, never the bulky way.
Blanket scarves are very American.
Beautiful, yet American.
For more of a French vibe, we suggest getting a chic small scarf, drape it around your neck, and tie the loose end in a small knot – perfection!