French women have long been admired for their style. Classic and sleek, when in Paris or anywhere in France it is difficult not to notice the beautiful vetements as well as the elegance, grace, and sophisticated way French women carry themselves. Listed below are 12 tips that will guide you into achieving that French look.
1. Develop a Signature Look
French women have their own sense of style. They are not influenced by trends that come and go. They choose clothes that flatter their figures and colors that complement their skin.
Parisian fashionistas develop a signature look, and stick with it. They might update their wardrobe with a few trends, but they always stick to a similar aesthetic. This also makes shopping a whole lot easier.
2. Get Tousled Hair
French women’s hair looks effortless. Even at high-end social events such as red carpet arrivals, famous French women wear their hair looking chic, but like they just rolled out of bed. Tousled waves are what you will see French women, especially Parisiennes wearing every day.
3. Wear a Classic Breton Striped Shirt
A French woman in a Breton striped shirt is a bit of a stereotype, but for good reason: Nothing looks quite as effortlessly chic. Pair the shirt with a pair of skinny dark washed jeans and a pair of flats for a weekend of errands, or with a print skirt for a more dressed up bohemian look.
4. Invest in a Versatile Trench Coat
Parisian women have made the trench coat their go-to outerwear. Wear it on the weekends with jeans, over gowns to formal events, layered when the weather gets colder, over your shoulders during the spring—the possibilities are endless. It’s no wonder French style icon Brigitte Bardot was rarely photographed without a trench coat.
5. The Perfect Fit
Achieving the perfect fit will make you stand out in the crowd! There are two steps to ensure that your clothes fit perfectly. First, you should buy clothes that fit your body well. Secondly, find a great tailor to make sure that everything in your closet fits you perfectly, from your everyday black pants to your go-to black tie gown.
6. Use a Neutral Palette
For the most part, French women dress in a neutral palette of black, white, beige, and brown. They then add pops of color to their look with accessories such as a red handbag or a brightly patterned scarf. It makes mixing and matching from within your closet fairly effortless and sticking within this palette makes it hard to make a fashion faux pas.
7. Have a Signature Pair of Shoes
In the words of Coco Chanel: “A woman with good shoes is never ugly!” It’’ a sentiment with which it’s difficult to disagree, don’t you agree? Having two or three great pairs of shoes can prove more useful than a closet full. Choose your shoes wisely in color and comfort as well as durability and they will last quite a long time.
8. Spend Your Money on Investment Pieces
A big part of why French women dress so elegantly is that they tend to investment shop rather than buying into trends. Save up for the pieces that you know you’ll have for life. A few examples include a Hermès scarf, a Chanel bouclé jacket, or a string of Mikimoto pearls, if that’s your style. It might seem like a large investment, but divided over a lifetime of wear, a big-ticket purchase that you love can actually turn out to be more valuable when compared with an endless string of disposable purchases.
9. Wear Tuxedo-Inspired Outfit for Evening
In 1966, Yves Saint Laurent invented his famous Le Smoking tuxedo suit for women. It is a style that has been fashionable ever since its introduction. Sexy and sleek, you’ll definitely stand out in a crowd of regular evening-wear.
10. The Perfect Red Lip
French women have mastered taking their look from day to evening with the red lip. No need to bring a change of clothes to work, lipstick is all it takes to add a little evening glamour to your outfit.
11. What Would Coco Chanel Do?
She redefined the way that women dressed in the early 20th century, but the look that Coco Chanel created is just as significant today. No wonder some of the most stylish Parisian women have made jeans and a Chanel jacket their uniform. Other Chanel standards where you can’t go wrong? A little black dress and black-and-white cocktail attire.
12. Dress for Yourself
It’s a rule that not only stylish French women abide by, but also pretty much all stylish women have mastered: Great style is about dressing for yourself and yourself only.