"I don't understand how a woman can leave the house without fixing herself up a little - if only out of politeness. And then, you never know, maybe that's the day she has a date with destiny. And it's best to be as pretty as possible for destiny."
― Coco Chanel
French clothing styles are all about looking feminine, elegant, and incredibly classy, unlike the American way of dressing, which is kind of gender neutral. Many cultures emphasize on enhancing one's physical beauty, but for the French, wearing good clothes and having the right attitude is much more important.
For all those women who are interested in dressing up the French way, here are some tips which we hope you will find useful. Read on!
Simplicity, Sophistication, and Quality
The French believe in keeping their clothes simple and sophisticated, and these are parameters that MUST be kept in mind. Also, classic French clothing is greatly inspired by the royalty and the nobility; hence, the clothes that you opt for should be highly refined and of very good quality. In fact, French clothing would be incomplete without including high quality wardrobe pieces such as cashmere sweaters, leather skirts, high-heeled leather shoes, branded handbags, and high-end pants.
Pretty Cashmere Sweater
Stylish Leather Skirt
French women believe in dressing up even when they carry on with their day-to-day activities. For example, you will never find them in sweatpants or shorts when shopping for groceries. Even while dressing up casually, they will pair their jeans with boots or high heels for a sophisticated, stylish look. So, to get a French-yet-casual look, you can do the same. Avoid baggy pants, baggy T-shirts, workout clothes, and sneakers as they don't go with the very essence of French fashion.
Boots Add To The Glamor!
When In Doubt, Wear Heels
The Underplayed Look
French women believe in wearing clothes that look natural and tend to avoid bold and bright-colored clothes, loud prints or lots of embellishments. Opt for clothes that come in a classic shape, color and construction. Neutral-colored clothes are extremely popular with French women, as they never go out of fashion. You too can choose dresses of such classic and everlasting colors like beige, brown, burgundy, gray, and navy.
LWD: Little White Dress
You Can't Go Wrong With Navy
Originality and Individuality
Women in France like to dress up in clothes that make them stand out in a crowd. They do not believe in following fashion trends blindly and instead believe in dressing in a way that maintains their individuality and originality. Some must-haves in a woman's wardrobe are pencil skirts, feminine blouses, fancy body-hugging pants, trench coats, pants, and jackets.
As the French believe in dressing up in high-quality clothes that are ideal for all seasons and which rarely go out of fashion, they also have accessories such as bags, scarves, and shoes to complete their attire. It has been observed that fashionistas here choose their accessories in bright colors for a contrast with their clothing colors. So, you can pick shoes or bags that are black, blue, red, or orange in color. Some other must-have accessories are watches, sunglasses, shawls, pantyhose, brooches, pearls, and costume jewelry.
A Splash of Brightness
A Scarf Makes All The Difference
For the perfect French look, it is not just the clothing style that you will have to emulate. Their make up sense too has to be imbibed, which is done in such a way that it results in a very natural look. There is no use of outrageously colored eye-shadows, fake tans, overtly waxed eyebrows, hair gels, etc. So, keep your make up minimal and your hairdo stylish. Wear red lipstick as most French women do, and line your lashes with mascara. Finally, look confident, act classy, and be approachable to complete your French makeover. Bonne Chance!