French Fashion 101-Simplicity Is Key
Ahhh Paris...Baguettes, Berets, and Beauties, Oh my!
My immense love of French Style has already been expressed, but I just thought I'd show it on a larger scale; with a post entirely dedicated to it.
A friend of mine who lived with a French host family in Paris several years ago told me that her host mother, who never left the house without chic red lips and a manicure, had about three outfits, most likely purchased in the fifties.
One Chanel suit
One Dior suit
and a Balenciaga dress for special occasions.
Now, I don't think I know ANY fashion-conscious Americans who feel they could survive with just three outfits, but I feel it's the way to go--have LESS clothes of NICER quality. Now, I'm not telling you to throw out all your American Apparel cheaply made tee-shirts and head to your local Balenciaga, I am only expressing my desire to model my own (out of control) shopping tendencies (ADDICTION!) after this fashionable French woman. Yet, an addiction is an addiction, and *sigh* I must deal with it, and feed it (SHOP!!) whenever I can. So, no I may never be a French woman with three designer outfits to my name, but I can learn from her and shop less frequently, thus saving up more money to buy better quality clothing.
The French Stereotype-what Americans think of when they hear "French style", though much of it is true
-The Clichéd black and white striped shirt
Gap (PRODUCT) RED striped long-sleeved T $45 http://www.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=20862&pid=440930
-Black Cigarrette Pants
The Audrey Hepburn cropped pant $48 http://www.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=15684&pid=411953
London Sole red mock croc flats $155 http://www.londonsole.com/ballet-flats-stock.php?style_id=1
-Thick Headbands (À La Brigitte Bardot)
L. Erickson Patent Leather headband $18 http://www.amazon.com/L-Erickson-Patent-Leather-Headband/dp/B000LWIAD6/sr=1-21/qid=1167952737/ref=sr_1_21/102-8118170-1336922?ie=UTF8&s=beauty
Too Faced liquif-eye $17.50 http://www.sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml?id=P35210&categoryId=B70
-The French Trench
Banana Republic Classic Trenchcoat http://www.bananarepublic.com/browse/product.do?cid=15221&pid=448551&vid=1
-Red Lipstick (INSTEAD of eyeliner, please don't do the two at the same time)
Nars Lipstick in Fire Down Below (yes that is really the given name) $23 http://www.sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml?id=P2865&categoryId=B70
American Apparel Interlock Pencil Skirt $30 http://www.americanapparelstore.com/rsa7302.html
Chanel Sunglasses $319 http://www.sunglassesportal.com/detail.php?itemid=62672&rangeid=123
14k Three Piece Pearl Set $32.62 http://www.amazon.com/14K-Three-Piece-Pearl-Set/dp/B000BH26D6/sr=8-5/qid=1167972814/ref=pd_bbs_5/102-8118170-1336922?ie=UTF8&s=jewelry
Solid Thermal Tights $16 http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/shopping/product/detailmain.jsp?itemID=25576&itemType=PRODUCT&iMainCat=10&iSubCat=708&iProductID=25576
-Simple jewelry-a gold chain necklace and small stud earrings
Tiffany starfish pendant $550 http://www.tiffany.com/shopping/item.aspx?sku=11175422&mcat=148204&cid=96662&menu=1&page=3
-PERFUME!! French women don't use different perfumes for different occasions, they find a signature scent that works with their skin's pheromones and use it FOREVER.
Chanel is a classic French perfume purveyor, and I like Chanel Mademoiselle the best.
I use Burberry London, a choice which took several weeks of testing perfumes and asking people's opinions. No, I did NOT ask strangers on the street to smell me... I asked my friends. But I DID get told (without my asking) that I "smelled like heaven" by one guy on the street, and that pretty much solidified my perfume choice.
-and lastly, a cigarette GLUED to your hand.
LA PARISIENNE MODERNE-what I observed while in Paris last Summer
-Sleek little black dresses
Velvet Carmen Dress $165 http://www.shopbop.com/shop/product_detail.jsp?PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524441796243&FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374302024627&fm=browse-category&ASSORTMENT%3C%3East_id=1408474395181057&bmUID=1167970682514
-Slouchy black bags
Motorcycle Bag SALE $59.99 http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/shopping/product/detailmain.jsp?itemID=24272&itemType=PRODUCT&iMainCat=77&iSubCat=78&iProductID=24272
Anna Corinna Jet Setter Jr. $400 http://www.shopbop.com/shop/product_detail.jsp?PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524441796330&FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374302024667&fm=browse-category&ASSORTMENT%3C%3East_id=1408474395181057&bmUID=1167971364372
-Dresses with uncomplicated patterns in: turquoise, red or deep blue.
Julie Haus Yacht Dress $253 http://www.shopbop.com/shop/product_detail.jsp?PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524441795719&FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374302024627&fm=browse-category&ASSORTMENT%3C%3East_id=1408474395181057&bmUID=1167971202274
Castaner Carina 2 SALE $120.56 http://www.zappos.com/n/p/dp/17128639/c/3.html
http://www.thepashminastore.com (Or if you live in New York or Paris, head to the street vendors)
FRENCH STYLE ICONS
-Francoise Hardy-French Singer
-Anna Karina-Danish born French actress
-Jean Seberg-American actress who spent a lot of time in France and was in French films
-Brigitte Bardot-actress and sex symbol
-Lou Doillon-Jane Birkin's daughter, actress
And now for some French street fashion
I love this woman, I want to be this stylish when I'm older
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French women's style is all about looking thrown together, yet chic; as if everything in your closet makes you look so incredible, you needn't even look as you grab any old shirt to throw on. In reality, it takes a while for ANY fashionable girl to get ready, no matter how "thrown together" she looks. The trick is to keep it simple, opting for figure-flattering clothing that will still be in style next year
STAPLE ITEMS that are worth splurging on
-a worn-in-to-the-perfect-softness cashmere sweater
-a pair of jeans you know you look great in
-a pair of black pants (slimming on everyone)
-a button down shirt (whatever color/style you prefer)
-a fitted coat (pea coat or trench coat)
-a little black dress that makes you look fabulous
-a perfectly worn-in leather purse
-a sweet summer dress
That's all for now folks!
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