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French chic style

(31 Posts)
thoughtsbecomethings Tue 16-Apr-13 07:57:14

How do I put together the French chic style ?? What are the essentials ?

hedgefund Tue 16-Apr-13 07:58:19

wear black and have a fag on

FrugalFashionista Tue 16-Apr-13 08:01:02

Ines de la Fressange has a style book that will explain you the basics.

Ironbluemayfly Tue 16-Apr-13 08:04:19

Breton top, pedal pushers, too much eyeliner, cigarette, nonchalant stare.

PetiteRaleuse Tue 16-Apr-13 08:29:52

Doyou speak French? If so this French stylist has a post on it here

Could be a good idea to go through original French web versions of La Redoute and other French shops/brands online. You'll soon see a pattern. The basic wardrobe is always neutral, classic stuff to last more than a year. Supplemented with more colourful bits and pieces depending on fashion.

vitaminC Tue 16-Apr-13 10:42:59

Classic, well-cut clothes in neutral colours, paired with expensive shoes, bags and contrasting accessories.

Very few French women smoke these days (certainly my generation - late 30s - and younger, although I do still see a few older women smoking).

Oh and stay away from La Redoute! That really is the bottom of the barrel in French fashion grin

PetiteRaleuse Tue 16-Apr-13 12:00:44

I didn't mean buy from La Redoute - just have a look at some of the collections. Agree that the quality is rubbish!!

YoniOno Tue 16-Apr-13 12:18:22

Be thin, smoke and wear simple clothes in dark colours.

valiumredhead Tue 16-Apr-13 12:26:23

Wear navy and black together and smoke and drink coffee wink

santamarianovella Tue 16-Apr-13 12:45:26

have a look at how young french actresses like melanie laurent,virginie ledoyen dress.

you can have a look at zadig and voltaire , vanessa bruno et alt
you dont need to shop there but they do the french thing quite good.

Ogooglebar Tue 16-Apr-13 13:04:57

Have long, wavy, unbrushed medium brown hair.

JazzDalek Tue 16-Apr-13 13:58:58

Watch lots of French films, the talky ones set in Paris always have lots of swooningly elegant women grin

I don't usually notice the clothes tbh, I'm too busy wondering HOW they seem to pull off messy hair and no make-up and still look amazing confused they aren't always even conventionally pretty, they just have SOMETHING. Like Audrey Fleurot in Engrenages. She isn't really beautiful, but she gives the impression of being beautiful.

Ogooglebar Tue 16-Apr-13 14:01:34

It might have something to do with bone structure, having a tan, being very slim and hair always looking in good condition even though it's not done?

PetiteRaleuse Tue 16-Apr-13 14:19:20

I think it is self confidence, and being aware of flaws and knowing how to hide them.

They rarely trowel the make up on but go natural or look like they don't wear much. Foundation is light, not too many colours elsewhere. Ie if they are wearing a colourful lipstick the eyes will be much more subtle.

I think the younger generation are seduced by the cheap clothing chains, but the older women wouldn't hesitate to spend a lot on just a few key pieces which fit perfectly and in obviously quality material. Lots of beige and navy, which can be transformed with a colourful scarf.

santamarianovella Tue 16-Apr-13 14:38:04

ogooglebar, you have just described my hair!my friends always rave about my "french hair", but i had an ombre done a few weeks ago to add a bit of color,and now they say i lost "it" and it looks more like victoria secret hair,which is too much in their opinion confused.

OP,if you ever get the chance to go there,visit one of the fashionable areas, like saint germain,place des vosages or le marais, that were you get to see the true fashionable people.autumn is the best time to go there,they really really know how to dress for the colder seasons

Ogooglebar Tue 16-Apr-13 15:01:16

I'm sure it's lovely santa, ombre or not!

JazzDalek Tue 16-Apr-13 16:26:05

It might have something to do with bone structure, having a tan, being very slim and hair always looking in good condition even though it's not done?

That rules me out on all counts then! grin (Well, am reasonably slim, but other than that).

But yes, you're probably right!

Gingefringe Tue 16-Apr-13 18:27:15

I'm sure they have their share of scruffy dressers though! On holiday a couple of weeks ago we watched a french equivalent of TOWIE - and yes, they looked pretty trashy.

welcometomysillylife Tue 16-Apr-13 18:28:47

Yes you need a French body not a British one i.e. skinny, flat-chested not hips and boobs. Wear flat shoes not huge heels/platforms/porn shoes on a night out so you can stroll casually not hobble. Dress for the season i.e. coat in winter not bare arms and corned beef legs. Keep it subtle and simple. (I do not follow this advice btw. I am too try hard to look cool.)

LynetteScavo Tue 16-Apr-13 18:35:29

Firstly you must be thin. If you are not thin, you can just forget it.

Rulesgirl Tue 16-Apr-13 18:46:46


Ogooglebar Tue 16-Apr-13 18:58:48

I think it has more to do with thinness than style. When I was last in France (Grenoble, not Paris) I thought most women looked rather drab in their dark clothes and there wasn't much individuality or interest going on, clothes-wise. But take a tall-ish, very slim woman with good skin and put her in the same dark, simple clothes and she'll look chic.

starchildmum Tue 16-Apr-13 20:14:25

French chic is classic and understated. Expensive and well combined. Neural colours or if colour just one.
True thin is a must otherwise its not chic at all!!
HairManiPediWaxing all done very regularly.
For French I guess u have to be Parisian to be chic. The rest of the country is not chic at all (apart from the summer residences in the SOF).

naturelover Tue 16-Apr-13 20:55:14

Ogooglebar I am tall, slim, have good skin and dress in dark simple clothes. I aspire to Parisian chic. But I feel sure I fail miserably. I think my style is boring, staid and unadventurous. I have studied Paris chic but to be honest I don't think I'll ever have that elusive "flair" or "style"!

I think the best I can hope for is "classy" or "elegant".

Ogooglebar Tue 16-Apr-13 21:16:35

Well I would say French chic is classy and elegant rather than especially stylish or full of flair - so you're probably nailing it! But I know what you mean - I tend towards dark and simple and some days it feels chic and French, other days drab.

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