French Girl Style and How to Get It
It is a truth universally acknowledged than French women are streets ahead of the rest of us when it comes to personal style. Almost as if it's their birth right, the average French woman seems to have no issue stepping out of their home in anything less than sartorial perfection. Layers of sumptuous cashmere knits belted with classic leather or wardrobes full of blue denim and oversized men's shirts. A true chic dresser knows that even the men's section isn't off limits when searching for a blazer.
Blessed with an innate eye for chic, French girl style adheres to a few golden rules and key pieces that should be in every woman's wardrobe.
The classic blazer in black or navy is something that most women will already have tucked away in their wardrobe. Of my many blazers purchased over the years, from expensive £300 versions I got at French brand The Kooples, to nipped waist jackets at Topshop, my favourite happens to be a bargain River Island blazer with PVC lapel bought on sale for £15. Fashion doesn't have to shred your credit card if you keep your eyes open.
Stylish French women know that a good black or dark blue blazer is a must-have and the men's section is a great place to find one. Wear yours with a white shirt and blue denim.
This wouldn't be a definitive wardrobe list if it didn't have a good pair of jeans on it, fitted jeans. Fashion cuts, flared hems and on-trend silhouettes will come and go but classic fitted jeans will serve you forever. Stylish women know that blue is forever and the chicest women will have wardrobes full of different washes of blue. Wear them dressed up or dressed down and the result will still be the same, effortless chic.
Some beautiful cashmere has the effect of adding luxe to any wardrobe, look or outfit. Keep your eyes open for discounted cashmere sweaters once the sales hit. As much as I adore beautiful knitwear, I hate paying full price for it when there are so many other things I have my eye on too! Go for relaxed silhouettes and belt yours over the aforementioned denims and get ready to say ooh-la-la at yourself in the mirror.
Kate Spade £211
A pair of chic black heels are the only pair of shoes you technically need (even though the jam-packed shoe racks in my hallway and bedroom would make you believe otherwise). Perfect for every occasion and destined to match all of your looks and be the ideal partner for that LBD. This pair from Kate Spade are the ultimate in understated French chic.
Speaking of an LBD, a little black dress is next up on our list of must-have pieces for working French girl chic. Keep it simple and classic and this little beauty will be something you can pull out of your wardrobe for years. I have memories of my own mother turning to a simple yet chic black lacy shift dress for lots of occasions as I sat on the bed watching her get ready for a night out. I still remember her telling primary school me that an LBD will never fail you. Unfortunately, as I have not been blessed with my mother's svelte figure and also suffer bouts of unexplainable belly bloat – fitted shifts aren't my friend. This is where a black A-line or skater dress comes into its own.
A good quality leather jacket is an absolute must-have and it's a great investment. Spending more on a decent biker jacket may drain your funds in the short term but you'll be the one laughing when you can pull out a soft leather jacket from your wardrobe 4 years later while your friends have to bin their pleather ones picked up for less than 20 quid. Think about cost per wear and divide the price of an investment piece by the amount of times you'll wear it. Looking at expensive purchases this way helps to determine if it's actually worth the price tag.