Is there anything more perennially chic than French women? With their effortlessly tousled hair, poreless skin and minimalist style aesthetic, the French dominate in nonchalant beauty, saying ‘non’ to trends and ‘Don’t look at me’ to passers-by. French style is all about attitude, and with beauties like Lea Seydoux and Marine Vacth making a style impact with ironic simplicity and bare faced cheek, we’re tempted to take a leaf out of their books; to tread the line between laid-back and moody, shunning green juices and gluten free dishes in defiant favour of red wine and buttery carbs.
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When emulating the French, you’re looking for fashion pieces that are complementary to muted, neutral tones and are sexy but cool and low maintenance…in a word: denim! In her book How to be Parisian, Caroline de Maigret wrote that jeans were the number one wardrobe essential— ‘take a Parisienne’s jeans out of her closet and she feels stark naked’. French women are well known for their love of denim worn in hip hugging, peachy yet slouchy fashion and considering this season’s vintage denim takeover, the look is perfect for summer.
Cheap Monday, Donna Mid Blue Jeans, £55, Urban Outfitters
Zara, Mom Jeans, £25.99, Zara
M.I.H Jeans, Ellsworth Cropped Blue Skinny Jeans, £195, Harvey Nichols
Wear your denim with simple pieces in grey, white or black. A Breton tee conjures images of coastal luxury, a ruffled white shirt whispers femininity, and an oversized men’s shirt screams…let’s face it…sex! Experiment with straight, mom and boyfriend style jeans in sleek but faded tones. Avoid ripped knees and frayed effects and try to keep even the slouchiest styles formfitting. Pull everything together with a light-weight trench or blazer.
Look to Camille Rowe for inspiration on how to make embellished or badged jeans look French. The French-American model wilfully pairs her flared and cropped jeans with bomber jackets and retro tees in 70s style. Balance Topshop’s badged mini skirt with messy hair, no makeup and a Parisian attitude.
Mango, Ruffle neck blouse, £29.99, Mango
Native Youth, Utility Boyfriend Shirt, £40, ASOS
Moto, Badged Denim Mini Skirt, £29, Topshop
The Nautical Company, Saint James Galathee Striped T-shirt, £49, The Nautical Company
French girls aren’t outwardly sporty, so leave the trainers for another day. This look calls for sky high stilettos in black and animal print (no platforms please!) or mannish loafers and stacked heels. When pairing accessories with denim, try to throw the look slightly off kilter in that casual French way—wear a denim mini with ankle boots or baggy jeans with stilettos and keep handbags compactly chic.
For beauty inspiration, picture the scene: You’ve rolled out of bed and pulled on your favourite jeans and his oversized jumper. One shoulder slips out of the neckline by virtue of gamine lines or persistent Gallic shrugging. You’ve slept with your unwashed hair in a braid, and when you loosen it in the morning, you resist the urge to brush.
French women spend a great deal of time on their skin the night before, so remove make-up and dirt with cult Bioderma Micellar water, then exfoliate and moisturise with La Roche Posay products in order to cut back on the need for foundation and concealer. Lancome’s Energie de Vie revives dull morning skin with Goji Berry and Lemon balm to give a ‘post gym’ glow perfect for the French girl who has no patience for blush-inducing cardio.
Go for a light powder foundation or BB cream, then permit yourself one coat of mascara (if any), tight-lined eyes and a matte lipbalm like Nuxe’s Reve de Miel. You won’t catch Frenchies in contour or highlight, so spritz with Avene’s Eau Thermale for a hydrated sheen, then pinch lips and cheeks with Bobbi Brown’s Pot Rouge for that red wine flush.
Team Blush x