Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Inspiration: French Fashion

Grab a baguette, your favorite beret, and get ready to channel your inner French girl

In my opinion, French women are by far the most fashionable group of people on the planet. There is something so effortlessly chic about their style that is so timeless and fascinating. They have a way of always looking classic and fashion-forward at the same time (ugh, c'mon America please get on this level). The key to French-inspired fashion to make each outfit simple, effortless, and cool. Keep the hair messy, shirts perfectly half-tucked, and accessorize minimally. 

French Fashion tips:
The Breton Stripe
If you look in my closet you will find a lot of stripes. The original breton striped shirt had only 21 stripes, but now they come in all sorts of varieties. There is nothing as casually chic as a simple breton striped shirt, great jeans, with simple shoes. French women have embraced the breton striped shirt since Coco Chanel introduced them to the realm of fashion in 1917- learn from them, ladies.
Neutrals are a Must
French fashion is very simple, women wear mainly neutrals and add pops of color in their accessories and statement pieces. When you have a variety of neutral pieces in your closet, you are able to mix and match to make multiple outfits for all different occasions. Neutral pieces add an insane amount of versatility to your wardrobe- utilize them!!!! 
Don't Follow Trends
When it comes to fashion, French women don't follow trends. Instead, they develop a signature style with silhouettes and colors that flatter them. After all, trends and fashions fade, but having personal style is something that you can carry with you for a lifetime.
Borrow from the Boys
French women have a great way of channeling their inner "tomboy" all while still looking feminine. Add some tomboy flair to your closet with great pair of men's cut trousers, boyfriend jeans, straight seamed blazers and coats, loafers, and men's button-ups. 
Keep it Messy
French women never wash their hair every night. Instead, they use dry-shampoo or nothing at all on their second, third, and even fourth day hair. French hair is all about texture, so invest in a great texturizing spray (or several)- I use Beach Babe Sea Salt Texturizing Spray by NYM and Coconut & Hibiscus Hold & Shine Moisture Mist by SheaMoisture

If all else fails just follow Coco Chanel's rule: "Before you leave the house, take a look in the mirror and take one thing off."

xo. Brooke

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