13 Style Secrets Of French Women

13 Style Secrets Of French Women

The entire world envies the French woman’s je: ne sais quoi: looking chic in an effortless way. Being slender without dieting, being attractive regardless of whether they are a natural beauty,  being unapologetically self-assured, living well, without gross excess and enjoying excellent quality without over-consuming. 

Yes, it’s unfair to generalise, and many women would say they don’t see themselves in such a description. There are exceptions, as there are everywhere. But what I admire so much in French women, all shapes and sizes, is their capacity for amour propre, self-love and self-respect. 

So what happened when I finally started taking some of their cues? I became more confident,  looking and acting more self-assured. I may never totally “look” French any more than I will miraculously lose my Australian accent in my French lessons. The point I am trying to make here and in all Cazinc articles is that women who value themselves, take care of themselves and pick up that je ne sais quoi attitude becomes much more compelling. And life without excuses or quiet guilt about listening to one’s own needs and desires tends to make you happier in life. 

Below, what I’ve learned about self-love, a la française

1. Make The Most Of Your Best Assets

If French women are well-known for their sense of style, it’s because they figure out what works for them and they stick with it, updating with small, seasonal touches (which is also more economical). 

2. Don’t Punish Your Body

The “no pain, no gain” school of thought never made it to these shores. The French operate according to the pleasure principle: if you’re doing something that makes you feel and look great, there will be a positive effect on your physique and overall well-being (apparently, this includes sex). 

3. Accept Your Physical Appearance

Read any French women’s book or magazine and you’ll see that French women, too, fret about impossible norms. But back in the real world, they know that happiness does not depend on wearing a size 8 - 12. It depends on feeling “bien dans sa peau” (feeling good in your skin). 

4. Enjoy Delicious Food

Great food is fundamental to French culture, so why deprive yourself? Enjoy a little of everything, and treats in moderation. No French woman I know eats bread, cheese and dessert every day. 

6. Respect Your Body

Overeating only leads to negative feelings. Love chocolate? Have some! But skip the cheese and the extra glass of wine. Total deprivation has no place in the pleasure-based life. 

7. Practice Pleasure Rituals

Feeling good is as important as looking good. Long baths, facials, massages, any treatment for the body are not luxuries; they're essentials — no matter how busy your life is. 

7. Feel Good And Look Good

French women don’t go out looking like an unmade bed. They may be in a hurry, but they are dressed and groomed (no tracksuit pants, active wear or unbrushed hair). Feeling good is also about looking good, and looking good shows respect for yourself and the world around you. 

8. Be Daring

Be yourself and bring out your adventurous side, even if it’s subtle. An offbeat something — a groovy cocktail ring, funky shoes, an unmatched scarf — express individuality. 

9. Work What You Have, Not What You Want

French women don't wait to lose the weight or grow out a bad haircut before they make an effort to look beautiful. If you look and feel great, wear items of clothing that fit and suit your body shape, no one, including you, will notice body weight, they will see style. 

10. Keep Your Style Natural

Who wants to wear a mask? Minimal makeup, unfussy hair (which moves), a lipstick that suits, a signature scent. That’s the French style.

11. Don't Let Age Stop You

In how many other countries are women of "a certain age" still considered seductive? French women know that age is no reason to give up on looking and feeling great.  French celebrities such as Marion Cotillard, Isabelle Huppert, Isabelle Adjani, Juliette Binoche, Eva Green who are over 40 years young revered for their beauty and appeal. 

12. Be Grateful For The Small Things

A tiny but delicious éclair au chocolat, a new perfume, the beautiful smell of lavender, perfectly aged cheese. French women appreciate that the little things in life are just as important as the big ones. 

13. Enjoy The Moments

Find your passion, say “no” to anything that is a waste of time and keeps on going. Focus on what you love. It’s irresistible! 

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