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Three essential components of French Style: 1. Confidence!

October 7, 2011

The Lovely Garance Doré photographed by The Sartorialist

Love this woman, Emmanuelle Alt! She and I both love amazing blazers. She's rock n' roll in a Balmain blazer.





I was asked a while back if French women were really as chic as everyone lets on. Yes they are but not necessarily for the reasons you may think. A dear friend of mine, who also happens to be joyously Parisian responded told me that essentially it doesn’t really come down to money, although you have to work with budget that you have, of course. I’m American but have lived in Europe for quite some time and the big difference I can tell between French style and American style is: Confidence. American women tend to dress for their men or their girlfriends, French women dress for themselves. They are confident in their choice of material as well as how they’re going to where whatever they’ve purchased. They don’t pour over fashion magazines for hours tying to figure out how they’re going to incorporate this season’s trends into their wardrobe. They look inside themselves for inspiration. I think it comes from the fact that they are very self aware, in a good way. French women stick to the classics, true materials, things that will last. No matter what they put on, they wear it with a joie de vivre. A beautifully dressed or smartly dressed French woman reminds me of the women in my family, especially my mother. As a child I loved to watch her get dressed. She always looked pulled together, in possession of herself. Confident!

4 Comments leave one →
  1. October 7, 2011 8:07 AM

    I think women dressed with a different mindset back in the day. They knew what they liked, what worked for them and went with it. Now everyone seems so focused on the latest trends with little regard to whether it’s actually flattering or appropriate for them. So many more ‘Glamour don’ts’ these days.

  2. October 7, 2011 8:14 AM

    That’s right! A different mindset is what they had but French women still have it. My friends come in all shapes, hues and sizes, they know what works and what will only work on a size 4 model who’s 16 trying to look 25. Most women these days, American, try to be something that they’re not in terms of fashion. Fashion is fleeting but style is everlasting, it’s who you are, not who you pretend to be. Love your comment.

  3. October 13, 2011 3:52 PM

    Snap! This was beautifully written. My favorite line was the last one: in possession of self. Confident!

    As in any area of living well it’s important to do it with unabashed love and joy. Whether it’s jumping into a new creative venture, experimenting with your style, preparing a new, extravagant dinner, or wearing that cherry red lipstick for the first time, do it with joy and confidence! It does wonders for the soul.

    Thanks for posting

  4. October 13, 2011 3:57 PM

    Thank you! You’re so right on about doing things “with unabashed love and joy”. I love that and it’s so true! Great hearing from you!

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