Bonjour everyone! I’m Heather of Glamorous Baggage and this is my guest blog! Christine asked if I would be willing to contribute a post while she was traveling and of course I said yes. Christine said I could post about anything I wanted, but since I know she’s going to be gallivanting in Paris, that’s all I can think about it. French food, French architecture, French wine, French style, I have Frenchies on the brain! I figured I would just go with where my brain was taking me and share my tips for dressing like a French woman.
First let’s take a look at the French woman’s closet staples, most of which you probably have right in your American girl closet.
Classic trench coat A trench coat is the perfect topper for pretty much every outfit from jeans to a cocktail dress.
Striped long sleeve t-shirt A Breton striped shirt is probably the single most French article of clothing a woman can wear. Luckily there are versions in every price range.
Dark fitted blazer Whether you choose black, charcoal, or navy, a dark blazer is a French woman’s best friend. And scrunch those sleeves!
Black fitted cropped pants French women love to show some ankle, maybe not the best idea for New England winters, but perfect for New England falls.
Fitted cardigan A fitted cardigan in a neutral color just makes good sense. It’s the ultimate utilitarian piece.
Okay, now that we have our five closet staples, let’s talk ad ons!
Patterned scarf Let your scarf show your personality. Classic, whimsical, abstract, preppy, the scarf possibilities are endless.
Animal print bag From tote to clutch and everything in between, an animal print bag is a fun way to add some visual interest to an outfit. Don’t worry, there are plenty of classic styles so you won’t look like Peg Bundy.
Bold red lipstick A red lip is the only thing you need to take you from day to night, don’t let women’s magazines convince you otherwise.
Statement necklace Classics like pearls or gold will always look chic, but don’t be afraid to try a more unique piece. Just remember, a French woman would not wear a statement necklace with a lot of other accessories, keep it simple.
Tousled hair I know your hair isn’t technically an ad on since it’s already on your head, but you know what I mean. French style is effortlessly chic, and nothing says effortless like sexy bed head. #iwokeuplikethis
Five staples, five add ons, what else do you need to dress like a French woman? Confidence! French woman dress for themselves and one else, they don’t get wrapped up in trends or labels, they know personal style can’t be purchased. When you walk out the door every day it’s head up and shoulders back, you look fantastic. Now go eat something full fat and drink some wine like a real French broad!
Merci, Heather! For your fantastique tips for dressing like a French woman! Hope I look this chic during my own travels in France!