Fashion Lifestyle

Le secret français

What is it about French women that makes them seem so perfect? We’ve all heard that French women don’t get fat and that their children don’t misbehave, but I think they also have something else on their side.

One secret all French women abide by, whether in Paris or on the Riviera, is to always look impeccably on point. Discreet, elegant and sophisticated – they have an innate sense of style that simply can’t be found anywhere else.

It doesn’t matter what the occasion or location, somehow French women always manage to achieve that perfectly manicured yet effortless look. Shopping in the local market or flirting at an evening soirée, ensembles appear to have been ‘thrown’ together – an oversized navy men’s blazer, white shirt and skinny blue jeans matched with a pair brogues or a floral dress teamed back with gold strappy sandals and a light cashmere scarf (as I so often see during summer months in the south of France).

That is the beauty of French style: hair slightly damp and a mismatched outfit, and they are the envy of every other woman in that room.

The ode to style has been adapted in every city, town and village throughout France. Parisians are famous for dressing head to toe in designer, hair loose and untamed whilst framing the face, large sunglasses and a high heel to complete the outfit.

Here the Riviera has its own trademark style. The summer sees seas of white trousers, striped blouses and a designer tote whilst strutting alongside their luxurious superyacht. When the weather takes a turn the white trousers are replaced with a monochrome apparel and always a touch of fur for elegance as they head to the hills to their chalet for some skiing and fondue (but not too much, overdoing the cheese won’t match well with their infamous inability to put on weight).

Women all over the world look to the French for daily fashion inspiration. The most celebrated designers of our times are French; Yves Saint Laurent, Coco Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld (OK, adopted French), and Christian Dior just to name a few. So why do we think French women are perfect? I don’t believe they all are, but what has been passed to them from their mothers, aunts and grandmothers is that style isn’t about hours in front of the mirror, but rather a mirror of elegance, sophistication and finesse. Now doesn’t that sound like the perfect woman?

A girl should be two things; classy and fabulous. Coco Chanel

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