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. The nonchalant elegance associated with French girls will forever be goals, especially when it comes to summer style.
French women just have it going on: The perfectly tousled, slightly unkempt hair; the no-makeup makeup that typically includes a perfectly smoked-out eye (did she sleep in it?); and an undone elegance when it comes to clothing choices that’s so identifiable and yet so elusive. French women typically invest in fewer clothing pieces that are better: You’ll find a perfectly tailored black blazer, well-cut denim, booties and heels that are both classic and cool, and buttondowns that look like they might be borrowed from the boys. When it comes to hair and makeup, they manage to do it well, and then undo it just a little bit, so it doesn’t look perfect…just perfectly cool.
Say what you will about the hype around Parisian style, but it’s hard to deny that French women do, in fact, just have it going on. A tailored blazer is the easiest way to look pulled together even when you’re wearing jeans and a t-shirt. While a true marinière must feature 20 navy blue stripes 10 millimeters wide spaced 20 millimeters apart, we’re a fan of just about any sailor stripe for its wear-now, wear-forever appeal. You’ll never have to worry about looking overdressed when you team a kitten heel with your favorite jeans or cigarette pants. The ultimate closet workhorse: la Parisienne’s LBD is demure, but hits all the right notes, particularly when it’s cinched at the waist and falls below the knee. Skip accessories in favor of a swipe of red lipstick.
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