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8 Steps To Mastering The ‘French Girl’ Allure

From what to have in your wardrobe, to how to take your coffee and beyond!

Paris is always a good idea, and so is adopting certain habits from the French way of life.

For example, ‘cancel your gym session to have a drink with your friend who’s just been dumped’ as Caroline de Maigret says, or to always dress ‘simple, effortless, chic’ like Jeanne Damas.

Although we know we’ll never actually be French, it’s fun to pretend to be.

You’ll usually find us practising our French (in France) over red wine and une planche (a cheese and/or meat board) and although this isn’t the most elegant (or eloquent) way to project our inner Parisian, at least we semi look the part (thanks to the ultimate french-girl wardrobe shopping guide).

Many things contribute to the French allure; textured ‘I woke up like this’ hair, super cute button-down blouses, the perfect shade of red lipstick and an enviable collection of timeless pieces. What’s not to love?

And while we’ve found ourselves sitting in the Le Marais reading Simone De Beauvoir and dressed head-to-toe in Chanel (in our dreams, duh) – this is far from reality.

So to ensure ‘we’ll always have Paris’ in Bondi (or anywhere for that matter), we’ve compiled our favourite French girl tips below…

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Know your tailoring

Find the perfect black blazer (maybe even at an op shop!) and make sure it fits you well (a straighter boyfriend style with structured shoulders is best). Throw it on over anything, and you will always look effortlessly put together. To gain your look extra Parisian points, choose a blazer with luxe details like gold hardware, silk lapels or velvet fabric. Struggling to find the perfect one? This post might help.

Photographer: @danrobertsstudio

1

Know your tailoring

Find the perfect black blazer (maybe even at an op shop!) and make sure it fits you well (a straighter boyfriend style with structured shoulders is best). Throw it on over anything, and you will always look effortlessly put together. To gain your look extra Parisian points, choose a blazer with luxe details like gold hardware, silk lapels or velvet fabric. Struggling to find the perfect one? This post might help.

2

Sit down for your coffee

Parisians are good at many things, but the “piccolo-to-go” will not be one of them.

Take the time to sit down, enjoy your coffee and have some much-needed respite. Sit outside, read a book while pausing to gaze off into the distance and master that French nonchalance.

Photographer: @danrobertsstudio

2

Sit down for your coffee

Parisians are good at many things, but the “piccolo-to-go” will not be one of them.

Take the time to sit down, enjoy your coffee and have some much-needed respite. Sit outside, read a book while pausing to gaze off into the distance and master that French nonchalance.

3

On that note, always act nonchalant

A key aspect of being chic is acting allusive. You are not cold, however, just mysterious and always charming. Win over cute French baristas with a giggle and your attempt at ordering avocado smash in French.

Photographer: @danrobertsstudio

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On that note, always act nonchalant

A key aspect of being chic is acting allusive. You are not cold, however, just mysterious and always charming. Win over cute French baristas with a giggle and your attempt at ordering avocado smash in French.

4

Own a CHANEL bag

Investing in one timeless item (even if it’s the only one) is never a bad idea, and the pièce de résistance of any French woman’s closet is a CHANEL bag – hands down. Wearing one will instantly help your French-girl aura. The ‘Gabrielle’ backpack is every ‘It’ girls best friend right now (see how this model wears hers here).

Photographer: @danrobertsstudio

4

Own a CHANEL bag

Investing in one timeless item (even if it’s the only one) is never a bad idea, and the pièce de résistance of any French woman’s closet is a CHANEL bag – hands down. Wearing one will instantly help your French-girl aura. The ‘Gabrielle’ backpack is every ‘It’ girls best friend right now (see how this model wears hers here).

5

Hang out on your balcony (and take a picture)

You haven’t seen Paris until you’ve seen it from at least two stories high. Look out your window while sipping on an espresso and don’t forget to Instagram it (all the French girls do). Search vintage stores and build-up a collection of blouses (like this one), and you’ll be questioning your heritage in no time.

Instagram: @carmengracehamilton

5

Hang out on your balcony (and take a picture)

You haven’t seen Paris until you’ve seen it from at least two stories high. Look out your window while sipping on an espresso and don’t forget to Instagram it (all the French girls do). Search vintage stores and build-up a collection of blouses (like this one), and you’ll be questioning your heritage in no time.

6

Order wine with lunch

Correction – red wine. And make sure it’s a good one because if anyone knows their wine, it’s the French.

Say: “Vin rouge s’il vous plaît.”

Or: “Attends, où est le vin rouge?”

 

 

Photographer: @danrobertsstudio

6

Order wine with lunch

Correction – red wine. And make sure it’s a good one because if anyone knows their wine, it’s the French.

Say: “Vin rouge s’il vous plaît.”

Or: “Attends, où est le vin rouge?”

 

 

7

Have le pain et le fromage (une planche!)

Your breakfast must always be some sort of pastry (mainly croissants). When it comes to lunch/dinner or whatever’s in between, it must be served on a board (with wine). You must then discuss your food and wine and partake in a friendly debate. Consume it slowly, relax, enjoy.

Photographer: @danrobertsstudio

7

Have le pain et le fromage (une planche!)

Your breakfast must always be some sort of pastry (mainly croissants). When it comes to lunch/dinner or whatever’s in between, it must be served on a board (with wine). You must then discuss your food and wine and partake in a friendly debate. Consume it slowly, relax, enjoy.

8

Always leave them wanting more

The rule to live by in France is ‘less is more’. Master being subtle in your actions, phrases and gestures. Be cool, but cute (but cool.). And never forget to be chic.

Photographer: @danrobertsstudio

8

Always leave them wanting more

The rule to live by in France is ‘less is more’. Master being subtle in your actions, phrases and gestures. Be cool, but cute (but cool.). And never forget to be chic.

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Complete every outfit with this must have wardrobe essential. Live in it, wear it over everything and forever be chic.

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Blouse With A Neck-Tie

If you can't find a vintage one, this will most certainly do. Tuck it into black cigarette pants, wear natural make-up and ‘bonjour’… (the French) you has arrived.

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