How to Channel That French Girl Staple Look
How to Channel That French Girl Staple Look
French women are women of almost ineffable elegance, but we’ll try our best to ‘put our finger on it’. Seriously, these women are so chic that the synonym for the very word should be ‘French’ with no other synonyms to follow. They always look like they just rolled out of bed, with their hair in that almost paradoxical ‘disarray perfection’ and as they walk down the street going about their day, they look stunning overall, but upon close inspection you see that the individual parts of the big picture are nothing spectacular or statement-y. So what on earth is the secret? Let’s see if we can crack this mystery once and for all, steal the essence of their signature look and make it our own.
The effortlessly striking almost bare-faced look is the one thing French women are probably most known for. The secret to achieving this look is forgoing concealer altogether. They actually think there is something romantic and real about a woman with dark circles – it makes her more human and hence flawed, and flaws are good. However, even though they don’t hide their dark circles it doesn’t mean they’re not diligent about skincare. According to Chloé Perrin, the creative director of Perrin Paris, taking care of the delicate skin around the eyes is more important than hiding the flaws, and the secret lies in pure coconut oil after cleansing plus a few drops of Innoxa Hydrating Eye Solution, which is apparently a very popular product in Paris. A little mascara goes a long way, and the secret to those flushed ‘just kissed lips – dab it with your finger. The truth is, French girls like to look effortless, but they actually do put in the time.
Every smart French girl approaches shopping for clothes with caution. Instead of following every trend, which is a New Yorker’s trademark, they prefer to stick with timeless, sometimes even pricier pieces that will stand the test of time, both in terms of durability and stylishness. That is why they aren’t afraid of spending good money on the perfect trench coat, a classic motto leather jacket, a high-quality Breton top, amazing cotton basic tees, the perfect pair of jeans in probably a darker navy blue or even black version, and they probably won’t be skinny jeans as the two French staples are flare and high-rise straight leg ones, because they simply do their figure justice and are comfortable above all. They will always choose a great pair of simple leather boots over the embroidered or trendy white ones, simply because the former have staying power while the latter don’t. Also, they’re not going to suffer in stilettos and will always go for ballerina pumps or espadrilles instead. They know what looks good on them, and they won’t settle for anything less than. If that means spending a lot of time looking for the perfect dress or saving up to buy one Chanel bag then lower-quality ones, then so be it.
Take calculated risks
Another trait of a truly stylish French woman is her ability to foresee which trendy items a) will be here for more than five minutes and b) mesh well with their already established style and not compromise it. That is exactly why, in the midst of the athleisure frenzy, French girls aren’t running around town in track pants and sports bras, but they do let a bit of athleisure in by, let’s say, pairing their simple top and jeans look with a pair of trendy Adidas shoes. They’ve also embraced the plaid pattern and the power suit, because they’ve judged the trends and came to a conclusion that these trends will stick around, and on top of that, are still not a threat to their signature style.
Keep it minimal
A French girl will probably never be caught standing in front of her closet thinking “I don’t have anything to wear”. Why? First of all, because she, as said, has invested in great pieces that always come through for her. The second reason is the color palette. French girls aren’t complete minimalists, they do love a good statement piece, but they do follow one minimalist rule – a neutral color palette. That way, all your clothes mesh well together and you don’t have to rack your brain in order to come up with an outfit – anything you pick out will be in perfect harmony.
Keep it minimal – take 2
Don’t obsess over accessories. As long as you’ve got a great bag in your hands or on your shoulders, you’re essentially good to go. When it comes to jewelry, French girls usually wear items that mean something to them, like a family heirloom – a pearl necklace, a locket, vintage earrings or a broche, and they wear it so frequently they become known by that piece. So, you know what to do – get rid of cheap junk jewelry and keep only the few items that matter. Find that one thing you’ll be known for, whether it’s always wearing that locket, or rocking neck scarves all the time. It doesn’t have to be jewelry, just something, anything that’s unmistakably you. Finally, find your signature perfume already, that’s French girl 101. Your fragrance is part of your identity and people should always know that you were in a room long after you’ve left.