Sunday, 3 September 2017

French Kiss

Wearing: Cotton dungarees - Zara; Old Skool shoes - Vans; Basket bag - Zara.

Those of you who have followed this blog for a while will know all too well of my deep-rooted adoration for French girl style. I’m certain at least 99% of you will feel the same.

Those buzzwords are as popular as Jeanne Damas and Caroline De Maigret’s instagram feeds. Which, if you are not checking on the regular, how are you even getting dressed in the morning?

Although, how often do we stop and think what we find so delightful about it? Sure, London gals look cool too… but it’s just not the same is it.

Sat in the kitchen with a peppermint tea, organising photographs for a future post about our trip to the South of France earlier in the year, my mind meandered over this topic.

I figured it’s because it’s more than just a sartorial approach. It’s a whole thing - an attitude, a mode de vie.

And so, before I get started on the travel talk, I thought I take a moment to pin point 10 ways to interpret and incorporate french girl style, in to your holiday wardrobe…

Wearing: Tropical print two-piece - Zara, Cactus print pj top - ASOS, High-Waisted floral print bikini - ASOS, Sunglasses - Monki.

1. Wear his clothes. And if possible, wear it better than him.

2. Wash but leave your hair disheveled. In France, one wouldn’t be as gaudy as to go out with over-primed, polished locks. It’s sacrilegious. And before you ask, yes it is just a happy coincidence that I have zero patience for sitting and doing my own.

3. Mix your prints and clash your colours. An incongruous and contradictory colour palette gives the (desirable) lethargic appearance of recovering from a wild evening; when in reality you had fallen asleep by 10.30pm, after a long, undemanding day in the sun reading Proust.

4. Throw on a candy-stripe fifties collared shirt over your swimsuit and possess an alluring squint like you are James Dean reincarnate, and terribly deep in thought.

5. Get yourself a signature item. Every cool French girl has one – whether it’s as iconic as Birkin’s basket or just your own humble H&M head tie, which you will wear daily to hide the awkwardness that is a grown-out, eye-skimming fringe. On that note…

6. Get a fringe cut in. Even if you have told your hairdresser you are going to grow it out for good this time and have made her promise to make you stick to your word. Even if you have left it over six months between hair appointments to allow for optimum hair growth, a cool French girl would use point number six of a blog post to give her hairdresser a shout out and request a fringe trim… s’il vous plait.
Wearing: Striped romper - Urban Outfitters, Oversized cream shirt - Urban Outfitters, Navy shorts - H&M.

7. Go Au Natural… kind of. We are all too aware that French girls embody a certain je ne sais quoi, when it comes to makeup - the epitome of effortless beauty. However, we also know that it’s almost all lies. Effortlessness is very carefully constructed. Get ahead of your game by tinting your eyebrows and eyelashes prior to a weeklong getaway with your lover and enjoy their marvel at your speedy 5-minute get-ready routine. One slick of lip balm and some SPF and we’re good to go. 

8. Never match your handbag to your outfit. It’s too obvious. And you must always keep any hints of your over-thinking neurosis firmly to yourself and your journal.

9. Defy expectations and wear colour. Ditch the home comforts of navy and a Breton stripe for one day. Doing the unexpected is the modus operandi of the French girl.

10. Wear dark sunglasses to avoid making further small-talk with nearby strangers. One morning smile and a quick “ça va?” is more than enough for anyone.

*Bonus tip*

11. Maintain a perpetual look of melancholy. Inside your heart can be singing but always ensure that your face tells a somber story of “la vie est une merde”, ideally, with all the added melodrama of 1960s new-wave cinema. If all else fails, settle yourself down in a café without company or entertainment. Order a red wine, smoke a cigarette and try to remember what you learned about Foucault’s school of thought at university, whilst you stare moodily in to space.

Beaucoup d'amour,
L xo
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