Parisians are known for their style and elegance. However, in order to look flawless, you don’t need to live on Montmartre. You just need to follow these simple and very precise rules about French women’s style.
Enlighten wants to reveal the biggest secrets to true Parisian glamour.
She likes comfortable and elegant shoes.
Spike heels and high platforms are not for young women of Paris. Because even if they have a date or a party in the evening, they have to work all day first. But despite their love for feminine style, French women love themselves more. That’s why no French beauty will torture herself with uncomfortable shoes. She will choose comfortable and elegant shoes that will accompany her throughout the day and underline her impeccable style.
She prefers natural makeup.
Regardless of their age and social status, Parisian women value natural beauty above all because all of them have their own unique appearances — and they know exactly how to highlight their unique features. To underline her beauty during the daytime, she may apply a bit of mascara, blush, and lipstick of a natural color. In France, bright makeup with thick foundation, winged eyeliner, and bright lipstick is appropriate only for the evening and is considered to be in bad taste during the day.
But she still loves red lipstick!
50 shades of rouge is how to describe French women’s love for red lipstick. Every woman in France will have at least one lipstick of this color in her purse. And this magic wand helps her to make an immediate transformation. If she has a party in the evening but doesn’t have time to get home in between, she just puts on some red lipstick and the transformation is done.
She prefers simple hairdos.
A perfect smooth hairdo is rather rare here — it’s too strict and boring for the young women of Paris. Hair glued down like a helmet with hair styling products leave French women puzzled. Remember we mentioned earlier that they value natural looks the most? A messy ponytail or a braid are typically what French women choose to wear.
She always adds a bit of carelessness in her look.
She doesn’t wear a tight dress but instead, prefers more unusual combinations. Her look should not be too impeccable and there should be an element of carelessness to make it more charming. One of Coco Chanel’s favorite quotes was, “Dress shabbily and they remember the dress; dress impeccably and they remember the woman.”
She visits a good hair stylist.
A Parisian woman would rather buy cheap clothes than save money on her hair. The price of clothes is not important as long as it fits her style and body, but she can’t hide a bad haircut or coloration.
That is why such elegant haircuts like the bob, the Garson, and the pageboy — all originating from France — continued to be popular decade after decade. A Parisian haircut is not just a hairdo, it’s the quintessence of one’s lifestyle and their character. Experienced hairstylists use techniques that make your haircut look great without using particular hair styling products.
She values stylish and laconic accessories.
A scarf, gloves, glasses and neat jewelry are the basics of the light style French women wear. Their wardrobe may consist of simple clothes of plain colors but it is the accessories that make true French style. A beautiful scarf or an elegant hat can change your appearance in an instant and French women have mastered this art.
She prefers naturalness.
You’ll never see a French woman in a push-up bra. She loves beautiful lingerie but follows the philosophy of naturalness which consists of comfort, natural shapes, silk, and lace. Young women of Paris believe that underwear is not just a beautiful addition to a look but rather, its foundation. In the heart of the capital of France, there are a lot of old shops where store owners have been creating lingerie for centuries. The shopping there becomes a sacred ritual in the name of femininity.
She stays away from clothes with big logos of luxury brands.
She’d prefer to buy a few items of clothing of an unknown brand than one item with a huge logo on it. There should be a mystery in a woman’s look, and a French woman thinks it’s in bad taste to show the price of her outfit. That’s why everyone who sees her has to guess whether her outfit is extremely expensive, or if it’s a result of her impeccable taste.
She never tans.
She always carries sunscreen with high SPF in her bag, wears a hat with a wide brim and a light shirt with long sleeves. French women believe that tans make them look older and prefer their skin to be fairer. This conviction is a result of the legacy of the 19th century. During those times, noblewomen couldn’t be tanned, it was almost indecent. White “porcelain” skin was a sign of wealth and high social status.
She never looks “too much”.
Whether it’s clothes, makeup, or accessories, the French style is not about appearance and clothes only, it’s also about a lifestyle, self-respect, and philosophy. A real Parisian woman is elegant and balanced because she knows her worth. She takes care of herself not to impress others but because she loves her body. She keeps her body toned but doesn’t go over the top with diets because she knows that a woman is only beautiful if she enjoys her own life.
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