The French Woman’s Guide to Style

Woman dressed in white.

Coco Chanel once said that “simplicity is the keynote of all elegance,” and this is a statement that French women seem to have down to a science. The French woman manages to look both impossibly put together yet in an effortless-looking way. You can create your own personal style by learning a few lessons from the French woman’s guide to style.

Your Undergarments Matter
Lingerie brings to mind sensual, feminine and elegant garments, but in France this word simply means ‘undergarments.’ The French woman knows that what she puts on underneath her clothes is just as important as the clothes themselves, so she always makes sure to have undergarments that make her feel sexy, powerful and confident.

Invest in Timeless Classics
This piece of advice is universal, but the French woman knows that there are certain items a well-thought out closet should contain. Some items that you may consider investing in are:

  • Great pair of tailored jeans
  • A blazer
  • Cardigans
  • A well-cut white shirt
  • Black flats and heels
  • Quality handbag
  • You don’t have to blow an entire paycheck on one piece, but as you build your wardrobe consider spending a bit more on classics that will never go out of style.

Stylish woman

Don’t Try Too Hard
The French woman is known for her seemingly effortless elegance, but seemingly is the key word. Many French women do spend a good deal of time into coordinating outfits until they find just the right combination that strikes a balance between completely chic and effortless. The French woman wears clothes that suit her shape and style, but she avoids at all costs looking like she is “trying too hard.”

Mix It Up
Paris is considered to be one of the top four most fashionable cities in the world and it is home to countless haute couture brands, but that doesn’t mean the French woman wears only Chanel or Saint Laurent. The French woman is an expert at mixing haute couture with bargain or vintage finds and in fact, enjoys doing so.

Woman wearing a ring

Accessorize Selectively
“Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and remove one accessory,” advised the incomparable Coco Chanel. The French woman keeps her accessories understated and minimal. Likewise, hair and makeup are often simple with the focus on a gorgeous complexion and hair that is natural looking, yet styled. The ideal hair for a French woman is a style that makes it look like she just rolled out of bed, yet still looks amazing and well-cared for. Nude, red and light pink are all colors that the French woman keeps in her rotation for both lips and nails.

It’s All About Attitude
The French woman doesn’t respect rules or convention when it comes to fashion, the only rules that matter are her own, because she wants to be unique, rather than look like somebody else. French women are experts at discovering and cultivating their personal style and once they find something they know they like, they aren’t afraid to stick to it. The French woman is confident in her clothing selections, has a hint of arrogance about herself and exudes confidence.

The French woman doesn’t take fashion too literally; she knows how to mix the newest trends with the timeless classics and high prices with super inexpensive finds. Her style looks effortless, but it does require time and effort to appear that way. Finding your own style is the first step in following the French woman’s guide to style, and don’t forget that lingerie is key, it adds the je ne sais quoi aura to her style.

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