7 Tips to Achieve Impeccable French Style
by Emily Cholakian
If the French are known for one thing, it’s their style: full of grandeur and glamour yet effortless at the same time! French women have a way of looking utterly chic without looking overdone.
From head to toe, nothing is ever too perfect, and that in itself is the perfect French style philosophy! Scroll through for seven tips to look magnifique.
Photo: The Blab
Of all these tips, none is as important as looking “undone.” That is the true Parisian essence. A simple half-tuck with your shirt, cuffing of your sleeves and leaving a handful of buttons open will do the trick. The key is to look relaxed and not like you are trying too hard. Oversized button-ups in solid colors are your best bet. I love Joie and Topshop.
Photo: Et Pourquoi Pas Coline
Glowing skin is coveted by women across the world and surely French women know it best. Rosy cheeks and a pearlescent natural finish will leave you looking young and fresh. Look for lightweight tinted moisturizers for everyday wear. We love Laura Mercier’s and Bobbie Brown’s tinted BB Cream.
Photo: Cuillere A Absinthe
A great flat is essential on the streets of Paris. In previous years the ballet flat held the number one spot, but lace-up oxfords are now the preferred choice, especially for the younger crowd. We adore a peek-a-boo sock with this style; our current favorites are these black patent ones from Target and these metallic versions from Umi.
Have you ever noticed how alluring the bedhead look can be? The phrase “I woke up like this” should be your hair mantra as it is for the Parisians. Looking like you spent three hours with your hair spray is unpleasant and unnatural. Work with what you have with the help of products like Sedu’s Sea Salt Spray or Sacha Juan’s Hair Wax
Photo: The Cherry Blossom Girl
An overly serious look can sometimes come off as boring. What French women have beautifully mastered is their ability to add a quirky element to their everyday outfits. This can be something as small as a funky pair of shades like these rounded Row options or as large as a lip-shaped clutch from Lulu Guinness. A touch of humor makes you personable and charming.
Photo: The Brunette
If there is one accessory item the French invest in, it is a luxury bag. Think classic, sleek styles that will last you a lifetime and avoid anything with flashy logos. Fendi’s Small 2Jours Tote and Givenchy’s Antigona Duffel are great options. If the price tag scares you, hold off till sale season, which is the best time to buy.
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Nothing is more French than the red lip. Of course, we all have different skin tones, so visit the makeup counter at your favorite department store to find out which one is right for you. We love the application with Nars Pure Matte Lipstick, but for a more affordable option, try NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream. Remember to lightly dab on for a just-kissed look!
For more style ideas from Emily, go to Stiletto Beats.