These are the French styling tips you must try if you’re looking to alter or elevate your style. French women seem to ooze class while maintaining their innate sexuality, which is hard not to be obsessed with! That kind of balance naturally evokes the complexity of any femme, even if these aren’t the two things she balances. Just remember that the most important ingredient in achieving any look is confidence and authenticity.
1. No Fuss
The key here is not her specific choices, but rather the ease of each item to wear. Practical, black boots with chunky heels make it easy to walk on cobble stone streets all day. It’s hard to go wrong with denim because it’s comfortable and gives any outfit a casual incline. Oversize blazers look sleek with their buttons and collars, but since they’re oversized they are a totally no fuss item. All that’s left is to match your bag and a simple black turtleneck to your shoes so everything pairs nicely, but not in an annoying matchy-matchy way.
Choosing to wear your hair natural and down completes the effortlessness of the ensemble. Low fuss hair is key to this French styling tip, whether that’s hair up or down on any given day.
2. Heels All The Time
The size of the heel has everything to do with this French styling tip! When you think heels, don’t think stilettos. Stilettos are a much fuss item, and we already know French girls hate that. Instead, dress up any outfit by simply putting on a pair of kitten heels, making sure to go with a chunky block base. Even if you’re wearing denim (obviously) and a simple floral long-sleeve, styling with a pair of heels will make it into a chic, feminine, and classy outfit with no effort.
3. The Right Leather Jacket
Leather jackets are a versatile layering piece for cooler weather and give a natural edge to your outfit. For this French styling tip, don’t fuss about the actual style of the leather jacket. Instead, use your inner French girl to determine which one feels the easiest, most comfortable, and most authentic to you: that’s what it’s all about. Below, this French girl chose to accentuate her waste with nicely fitting high-rise jeans and a white blouse loosely tucked in at the waistline. A long leather jacket with a collar will work just as well as the classic moto style. Perhaps, even better.
4. All About Proportions
Sexy is never about showing as much skin as possible. Sexy is about maintaining the mystique by balancing the hidden with the revealed. Long, sleek, and comfortable black pants pair perfectly with an off-the-shoulder crop top. Not only is this outfit casually sexy, it’s also practical for walking, biking, or getting around in general. Naturally, check out the thick heels again.
5. Extremely Minimal Accessorizing
Our next French styling tip is all about accessories. As you might have noticed, all of these outfits have very few accessories, with most of them only including a bag. Below, this lovely French girl pairs a simple white blouse, jeans, and block heels (obviously) with little gold hoops and a red, silk scarf. She avoids cluttering the outfit with too many trinkets, which allows the eye to focus on the red scarf, naturally drawing the attention to her face.
6. Teeny-Tiny Bags
Bags are obviously the best accessory because they are the most practical. Have you noticed yet that any image with a bag in this article includes a teeny-tiny one? Since French style is all about no fuss elegance, these French girls have all chosen little bags that won’t get too heavy because they’ll only be able to fit the essentials. Still, each little bag has a character all its own, with some sort of elegant texture to keep it interesting, so there is no way it will get lost as a detail.
Although you’ll sometimes need a bigger bag, especially when wandering around a market, a smaller bag won’t draw the focus away from you, allowing you and your outfit to shine instead.
7. Grandma Cardigans For Days
Nothing says cozy, cute, and not trying at all like a grandma cardigan. Grandma knits are the coziest of all because they are thick enough to keep even our aging, shrinking French girls warm. Especially in cropped silhouettes, grandma cardigans add a sweet and cozy vibe to your look while still maintaining your curves and accentuating your waist. Go with monochromatic lilac to bring out your inner casual cutie.
Choose the right fit of denim, the right neckline, and a color that makes you feel confident and all of a sudden you have that ‘it’ factor. Wear over a sleek camisole so you can unbutton or wear around your shoulders.
8. The Ultimate Floral Dress
There are two styles of floral frocks that seem quintessentially French. The first, a formfitting, strapless dress with a square neckline, as pictured below. The second, a short-sleeve, v-neck wrap dress (I know you can picture it). Even if one of these two styles doesn’t seem to suit you, which we know is the most important thing to remember with French styling tips, choosing a piece with a simple floral print that you love will make any style look amazing.
Flowers are beautiful and feminine and the perfect print for an easy summer dress. The many different shapes, sizes, and colors of floral prints allow you to choose whichever print feels most authentic to you.
8. Wear Something Whimsical
Fun, fanciful collars used to be oh so stylish, and they still maintain a kind of whimsical elegance. Reminiscent of a judge’s collar, this top keeps it casual with denim shorts and menswear loafers. This look still has some sex appeal because of all that leg we’re getting, but the playful nature of the top makes it perfectly practical to wear while hanging with your siblings or kids. Classic black, white, and denim also help to keep this outfit chill and chic, but not flashy.
9. Midi Skirts
Mini skirts are fine, but have you ever tried to sit, walk in the wind, bike, or generally get around in a midi skirt? It’s so much easier! We know French style balances the practical with the elegant, and midi skirts are the epitome of this equilibrium. Below, this French girl shows us that you can easily wear a classy midi skirt with a summer tank-top and trainers. Ultimately, midi skirts are about keeping you super comfortable, chic, and ready for running errands around Paris.
10. Silk Is Always A Good Idea
Elevate any outfit or wardrobe basic by choosing a luxurious fabric like silk. Although some items will need to be dry cleaned or hand-washed, you can always choose a silk scarf or jacket that you won’t need to wash quite so much. If it isn’t too much of a hassle, and you already have things you dry clean, you can go bolder in silk dresses, blouses, and skirts.
For more affordable options, there are other manmade fabrics that mimic silk without the delicacy. Going with a fabric other than silk also means you might be able to machine wash it.
What’s your favorite of these French styling tips? We can’t wait to see how you incorporate French girl style into your own aesthetic!
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