The French National Holiday celebrates two different events; the beginning of the French Revolution that started with the storming of the Bastille on July 14th, 1789, as well as the Fête de la Fédération, marking the unity of the French people on July 14th, 1790.
In honour of the French, we decided to compile a TOP 5 of what we think are the essential elements of French style.
Granted, most major cities in north america have somewhat adopted a more European way of dressing, but the French still do it differently and often better.
First up, Scarves! The French are rarely seen without scarves. They can be big and chunky, or light and made of linen in the summer. According to natives, the weather in France is such that one can catch cold to the throat more easily than in North America, which would explain the practical need of always having a scarf around your neck. We’re sure that’s only part of the equation, style is the other!
Perfectly cut blazers, leather jackets and trench coats. The French seem to have caught on to this very simple style tip; no matter what you’re wearing, throw on a structured black blazer on top of it and you look 10 times better. It’s so simple it’s remarkable that more people don’t know about this.
Less is more, when it comes to makeup and hair. In France, people like to look fresh and natural, not ”made up”. Women style their hair in what we usually call ”bed head” style. For makeup, they keep it totally natural or they either put emphasis on the eye, or the lip, never both.
Heels and Boots. One area where French women just don’t sacrifice style over comfortability is in footwear! Heels are omnipresent everywhere, some women hide a pair a flats at the office to give their feet a little rest, but the heels come back on when the work day is over. Boots of all kinds are also very popular and most women have all the timeless staples in their collection; the ankle boot, the lace up knee boot, etc.
One thing North American women and French women have in common is their love of bags! It’s common knowledge that French women don’t mind spending a little more for their bags, but North American ladies have come around to that as well. French women leave the house in the morning and only come back home at the end of the day, they spend their whole day out in the world so they need a great bag to hold all the necessities!
Do you like the European style? Which of these style elements did you appropriate for yourself?