I think it is but fitting to launch this blog with an article about French women. French women are not known for their great beauty, I think Latinas have that distinction (well, that’s just my opinion), but rather they are said to be the epitome of elegance and sophistication. However, the French woman’s style is never solely about the clothes she puts on; her style goes skin deep — it’s a mixture of intelligence, wit, culture, and taste acquired through hundreds of years of “everyday exposure to beauty in everything from architecture and objects to clothes and food.” (Forever Chic: Frenchwomen’s Secrets for Timeless Beauty, Style, and Substance by Tish Jett)
French women’s style looks effortless because they always aspire for the natural look, though that is not to say they never make use of any ‘unnatural intervention’ as Tish Jett puts it. They just don’t want anything superfluous or too obvious when they do decide to have some intervention. That’s why you will rarely see French women with heavy makeup and augmented boobs that look like they’re about to pop out of their top.
They essentially invest in themselves. They spend money and time in taking care of their skin, hair (important for them!), quality clothes, shoes, and accessories. They believe that quality is more important than quantity.
A lot can be talked about their skin care regimen alone, but I will reserve that for another article. You may also want to check out Tish Jett’s book which is available on Amazon.
For now, I would like to share with you this article which did an excellent job summarizing the French women’s style of dressing up.
10 TIPS ON HOW TO DRESS LIKE A FRENCH WOMAN (+ TIMELESS ADVICE FROM FRENCH STYLE ICONS) By Frederic of talkinfrench.com