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Trend Report / French Style

Trend Report / French Style

Some Trés Chic ideas to add French Flair and Nonchalance to your daily style

By Tsitaliya Mircheva

 

There are a lot of articles out there on how to nail French style and look like the French style icons, Ines de la Fressange or Caroline de Maigret. But my intention is not to give you advice on how to dress like a French icon. Rather, I want to show you that French style is not limited to a striped shirt, flared jeans, a bucket bag or canvas wedge espadrilles.

I find that every woman can achieve French charm as long as she owns what she wears. What I mean by owning, is that she feels sexy and elegant in what she wears! That is what, I believe, is the so-called “French Attitude”. The right perfume, the right shape and cut of dress, the sensual fabrics, the red lipstick, and the chic accessories.

Yes Caroline de Maigret, Ines de la Fressange and Jane Birkin are often idolised when it comes to French style. But after I studied and analysed their style on the internet, I came to the conclusion that what they’ve all created is a signature style uniform. They wear it on repeat, while playing with colours, fabrics, accessories and proportions. Their style all comes down to the way they combine and style those signature pieces that work well with their lifestyle and personality.

 

                           

 

 

↓ There are a few things that I noticed are favored by French women 

 

- Great Fitespecially when it comes to trousers or jeans! French women love trousers and I can see that no matter how thin or curvy they are, their trousers always fit them perfectly! This means they look for good quality pieces with well executed details.

 

- Only the best quality fabrics: like silk, linen, cotton...it has to look refined and expensive, but relaxed, not flashy or too trendy. Parisians appreciate independence from fleeting trends.

 

- It is all about balance: not too high heels, not too tight clothes, not too many labels. A French girl would wear a classic Chanel bag with a plain- colored cashmere sweater or a little black dress. And, even when she chooses a plain outfit then the accessories, a scarf, or a hat, transform the look from dull and plain into chic and playful.

 

- Respect your own body proportions and know your coloursonce you know these important details about yourself you can then add in and master the details of your look.

 

- Dress for yourselfI have a feeling this should be on top of my list when it comes to French women. They wear what makes them feel confident and amazing, not what fashion dictates or for the approval of others. The ease and nonchalance of the French style comes from exactly that - dress to feel good in your own skin. And I think a lot of women underestimate the little details when it comes to choosing what to wear! French women dress intuitively without overthinking!

 

At first glance you may think that By Adushka doesn't really represent French Style. But in actual fact a lot of our pieces, depending on how you style them, can recreate that French flair because of the classic shapes that fit so well, and because of the interesting combinations you can make out of one piece. Just like French women, when curating our collection, we think of clothes with character, long lasting quality, timeless shapes and more than one way of styling each piece.

 

↓ Here are three of our French Style combinations as created by Tsitaliya and Karin 

 

 

 

1. For example a classic white silk-blend shirt and a pair of minimalistic high- waist pants, styled with an ethnic belt and a handcrafted straw hat, represents the perfect Street Style French Girl.

 

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2. Or the maxi tunic dress in printed crepe de chine. This relaxed, slightly oversized shape can be worn with or without a belt, with a summer coat or blazer and of course flat sandals or heels.

 

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3. Another “French” piece, made in Italy by Momoni, is this caramel silk blend shirt. It’s a piece on the edge of casual and office wear, with oversized masculine pockets, but the soft caramel colour gives it a very soft and feminine feel. We styled this shirt with a pair of high-waisted cropped linen pants and an earthy brown linen duster, which immediately turned the look into our favourite summer style!

 

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Share with us which of these three looks feels most reminiscent of the French style to you?!

 

 

 

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