If you read my recent ♥post♥, you know by now certain aspects of Parisian culture that will help understand this article even better. Here we go with another popular question: What is it about French style that people all over the world call “timeless”, chic, feminine and Oh là là? I did some research and here are some comprehensive sources that now paint a clearer picture.
To me, it was important not only to know items that French women come back to time and time again but to understand WHY they do so. To understand the thought behind the most copied and obsessed style all over the world.
When we spent a month of August in Paris it showed and made me appreciate not only the architecture and the popular sights but the people who make it happen every day. In particular women. The longer we spent walking around the more evident the contrast was between locals and tourists.
You will never see a French or Parisian woman showing off her stuff. Modesty is the ultimate sophistication. The general rule is that if you see any brand item that means she is not French or not from Paris.
“…we all know that if you’re a true Parisienne, interesting wins over pretty every time”- Byrdie
“The trick is to get dressed fresh, neat, and tidy”.
Life in the capital is expensive so the key pieces in everyday and busy life in an always buzzing city are vital.
No one there wants to fuss in front of the mirror for an hour with their make up or picking “what to wear” for the 100th time. Everyone is simply following the perfectly unperfected look.
Get it done to a point where you look presentable and get out as soon as you can to enjoy an actual life.
What is the point to get your hair done for 1.5 hours with 5 different products if it is may be going to get wet or wind blasted anyways under the rain because you probably don’t want to take a pricey cab and you get by bicycle everywhere anyways?
Surprise! Not all Parisian women are fashion bloggers with private cars! ¦D
In fact, Harper’s Bazaar says it better:
“the lower the heel, the better, invest in a white button-down, perfect the bedhead, it is all about the hair!”
“French women know that second-day hair is the best kind of hair.”
Why are the women of France are not bothered at all with their looks? Because they prefer natural and easy-going, easy-getting around accessories, clothes, cars, apartments and anything else that brings comfort faster than slower.
They are all about the comfort mixed with acceptable polish. It seems that they found this equilibrium between “I don’t care, I have bigger things to worry about and maybe I will meet someone today”.
The Blonde Salad describes her like this:
“the most important thing is the attitude …, but also perfectly messy hair, super light makeup, the right perfume, white man’s shirts, slightly oversize cashmere sweaters…”
It is not about appearances it is about authenticity that everyone craves and French style delivers. Confidence in being comfortable in your own skin.
“It’s the epitome of personal style, of the art of dressing like a real woman, one with a job, and a life, and things to do beyond go to an event to get her picture taken. And what’s more effortless—or chic—than that?” – Vogue
Because nothing is sexier than a woman with original thoughts who is not afraid to express it. An independent thinker who is busy and effective at it. After all, feminism did first appear in France.
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