What are the mysterious qualities that make French women so stylish? Words like “effortless” and “undone” come to mind, but we suspect it’s partly the things French women don’t do that make them so fashionable. And because French women are truly in a sartorial league of their own, the rest of the world is on a constant quest to emulate them. Knowing the set of guidelines they follow is the first step in achieving that effortless quality that they’re known for.
To find out what these no-nos are, we went straight to the source and asked our favorite French style bloggers for the fashion rules they follow. From the footwear styles they avoid (and what they wear instead) to their philosophy when it comes to accessorizing, these tips are timeless, simple, and relevant to every age group. Read on for your master class in je ne sais quoi.
French women would never… wear sky-high heels.
“A French woman would never wear too-high heels. You will never see a French woman with shoes like Lady Gaga!” — Labériane Ponton of The Blab
Shop low-heeled shoes:
By Far Este Leather Ankle Boots ($525)
Porte & Paire Chain-Embellished Leather Point-Toe Flats ($260)
Manu Atelier Naomi Sandals ($241.5)
Stuart Weitzman Mila Lift Loafers ($450)
Manolo Blahnik Maysale Buckled Suede Mules ($745)
French women would never… wear a push-up bra.
“I would never wear a push-up bra. We think that small breasts are sexy too, thanks to Charlotte Gainsbourg.” — Aurelia of Absolutely Glamorous
Anine Bing Alexia Satin-Trimmed Ribbed-Knit Soft-Cup Triangle Bra ($89)
Simone Perele Eden Triangle Bralette ($78)
French women would never… wear flashy logos.
“I would avoid wearing clothes or accessories with the name of the brand shown very distinctly. I think luxury is the way you wear your clothes, not by showing the name of the brand.” — Tokyobanhbao of The World of Tokyobanhbao
Shop a logo-free accessory:
Staud Rey Bag ($325)
Apede Mod Froggy Shoulder Bag ($325)
Manu Atelier Pita Bag ($435)
Elleme Long Vague Bag With Chain ($550)
Vasic Port Mini Mini Bag ($210)
French women would never… over-accessorize.
“I would never wear more than three pieces of jewelry at once. I think any more than that clutters and confuses a look. Understated jewelry is usually my go-to, but if I do wear a statement piece it will always be on its own.” — Audrey Rodgers of Be Frassy
Shop understated jewelry:
Mateo 14k Faceted Huggie Earrings ($325)
Laura Lombardi Amara Gold-Plated Bracelet ($190)
Bottega Veneta Gold-Plated Necklace ($550)
Loren Stewart Industrial Silver Necklace ($190)
Zoe Chicco 14k Tiny Huggie Earrings ($110)
French women would never… try too hard.
“When wearing something really chic, you go easy on the makeup, and if you’re wearing only a shirt and a pair of jeans, a red lipstick could do the trick. We don’t really show off; we like simplicity.” — Typhaine Augusto of Cuillère à Absinthe
Shop a simple outfit:
The Great. The Shrunken Cable Cardigan ($375)
H&M Oversized Cotton Shirt ($25)
Levi's 501 Skinny Jeans ($98)
Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick - Pillow Talk ($27)
French women would never… look too done up.
“I sometimes see girls wearing skirts in elastic material over their jeans. I do not understand the look. I would never do that.” — Kenza Sadoun-el Glaoui of La Revue de Kenza
Shop flawless dresses:
Reformation Libra Ribbed Turtleneck Mini Dress ($130)
Ganni Checked Seersucker Mini Dress ($235)
City Chic Floral Long Sleeve Wrap Dress ($89)
French women would never… wear nude pantyhose.
“I would never wear skin-colored tights. They are the worst thing in fashion.” — Valentine Vanesse of Hello It’s Valentine
Shop black tights:
Falke Pure Matt 50 Denier Tights ($35)
Wolford Tummy Control Top 66 Denier Tights ($67)
Falke Vitalize 20 Denier Compression Tights ($26)
This post was published at an earlier date and has been updated.
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