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“Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say, and not giving a damn.” ― Orson Welles
French people are chic. This is beyond a cliché or a fact! It`s a true lifestyle that anyone visiting Paris will observe. And the most interesting part is that they are aware of their fashion superiority. Actually, they have constructed their national identity around it (that, smelly cheese and wine, which might explain why they are so keen to defend the chic element!). So how they do it? No, honestly why it is so difficult to track at least one French woman who isn’t chic enough? Minimalism and elegance are the only words in their fashion vocabularies.
And of course, it’s this effortlessness which makes the rest of us feel so inadequate. The much-vaunted sense of style is something that comes so natural to the French; it is obviously their way of life! Leaving all the stereotypes aside, French people are the coolest nation I have ever met! So much self-confident, combining with an altitude that proves that they don’t really try too much…Not that this is always a nice characteristic, but if they keep it far away from being snob and arrogant, it’s quite nice! There are several lessons to learn: Apparently with just five tips you can get that certain “je ne sais quoi” that only les françaises know how to achieve!
1. “Play it again Sam”
And again…and again! French girls take their favorite clothes from one season to the next and you cannot even notice it! How? They are masters of accessory! From chunky jewelry to patterned tights, these girls know well how to breathe new life into old classics. For example, pair your all time classic shirt with a bold statement necklace and this new outfit will work year-round. Accent with different accessories your investment pieces, and enjoy this brand new point of…you!
2. Basic instinct
Less is more. A quote has never described so accurately a closet! But this is how the French minimalism works. In this consumption society, they insist on investing on clothes instead of just “shopping”. They know the value of a good dress or a perfect skinny jean. So, finally they tend to possess fewer, but typically chic, impeccably fitted, and timeless pieces. Embrace this philosophy for shopping high quality pieces that can become the glue to your every styling mood. After those pieces are in place, everything becomes so much easier to mix around with the aforementioned accessories.
3. First class
Leaving things to the imagination is more elegant than putting it all out there. Revealing a bit of skin can certainly be saucy, but be sure to take a cue from French girls and do it in a tasteful way. Think backless dresses rather than low-cut dresses. Try balancing a sheer top with a pair of pants or a mini skirt with a boxy sweater. Going classy is much sexier than exposing everything at once…In case you have doubts about a revealing garment, just ask yourself, will Marion Cotillard ever wear this?
4. Keep glam and rock on
What is the real challenge when it comes to style? To “dress up” and maintain a very natural elegance that is never forced, is the one. To achieve this for any occasion, even if it’s 8 am and you go to work or it’s a late-night trip to grocery shop, is the other one. Without getting trapped in a fake glamour, French girls increase the star factor just with some small adjustments! Don’t save your jewelry for special occasions. Wear your pearls to celebrate the fact that it is a random Tuesday! Throw on a chic scarf on your next run to the friend’s house! Chances are you won’t be the only one who notices the “magic supercalifragilisticexpialidocious sparkle”!
5. Trendy is so passé
Elegance is not about trendy outfits; it’s about finding styles, shapes, fabrics and colors that work for you and sticking to those. Remeber how many fashion icons are getting dress in total black (Knock knock Carine Roitfeld ) or choosing the differnet version of the same everyday “Uniform” (Kate Moss are you there?). French women do not follow trends, but rather, they purchase garments and accessories that they know will flatter their figure and make themselves feel good. So the key to success, according to French, is to incorporate a few trends with the classic pieces. Sure, chasing around the coolest labels and “It” items might give you a boost of your “stylish” self-recognition, but in six months those pieces will be already passé and you’ll feel compelled to keep up with the cycle of buying the next round of must-have pieces!
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