Friday, February 10, 2012

5 Things I've Learned From French Women And Their Style

Alright, I am going to speak in generalities here so do not assume that everything I say about French or American women is true across the board and applies to every French or American Women.  Nevertheless, I think we can learn from these general impressions.  My general impression of French women is this: they've got it right.

(Me on my mission!)

I served my LDS mission in France and boy did I love it.  It really was the perfect place for me to go.  Even though most of my energy was spent serving and teaching people, I did a fair share of observing and shopping on our days off.  As I got to know the French people, I learned what a wonderful people they are.  I made some great friends there and I learned much from them.  Here is what I learned from French women though and what we can learn from them and their style:

1.  Natural is Beautiful.


I know I have been guilty in the past of using a tanning bed or dying my hair to colors that it should never be (Has anyone seen my high school pictures and my almost blonde locks?  Yikes).  One thing I truly admire about French women is their willingness to embrace their own unique and natural beauty.  Most women don't pile on the makeup or change too much about their hair.  I love it.  Since the beginning of my mission, I actually stopped dying my hair and I haven't done it since.  Not only has it been much more economically friendly, but I actually know what my natural hair color and my husband loves it.  Now, I'm not saying we shouldn't dye our hair or wear makeup, but what a great idea it is to appreciate what we were born with once in awhile!  Let's sit back every now and again and let other people appreciate our natural beauty! 

2.  Don't Be Afraid To Try Something New.  


I absolutely love Parisian women's willingness to try bold new accessories or clothing.  I can sometimes be timid to try something a little more forward thinking, but why?  Why should we care what everyone else is wearing?  Wear what you suits you, what you like, and what you feel comfortable in (continue reading, however...)

3.  Casual Doesn't Have To Be Sloppy.


I'm sorry to say this, but I really wish we didn't dress so casual.  I think about generations before us who wore suits and hats to baseball games, dainty gloves on Sundays and never did people ever think of going in public in their pajamas!  One thing I really enjoy about European women's style in general, is that their casual style isn't sloppy.  I rarely saw girls in sweatpants.  Sure they'll wear jeans and a t-shirt but they are paired with an adorable scarf, trendy flats and a well-fitted jacket. 

4.  Keep It Simple And Effortless.


As I've looked back on what I've worn and yes, even the things I've posted on this blog, I think about how forced and contrived some of my outfits are.  I love the French "je ne sais quoi" and that effortless style that I envy.  Nothing is overly matchy, overly accessorized, and brand names don't need to be plastered all over.  I strive for that "I don't care, but I do" look that French woman naturally have.  One day...one day...

5.  Be Confident No Matter Who You Are. 


I think the whole French style that I admire has got to boil down to one thing: confidence.  Be confident in who you are.  Nothing is more attractive than a woman with confidence, no matter what you're wearing. Be yourself.  Respect yourself.  Trust your own instincts and style!  

17 comments:

  1. Amen! I especially love the part about not being sloppy. I don't think you have to be dressed up everyday, but please do at least get dressed before you head out the door. I went to Walmart this morning and half the people their looked like they were from a trailer park or had just rolled out of bed...or both.

    I am a total Francophile (I have a BA in french literature), I absolutely adore this post!

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    1. Shawna! Thank you, it's nice to meet another Francophile! C'est trop bien!

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  2. Amazing! I love Paris. I want to go some day. I always wanted to serve a mission and be called to France! Love Ur pic BTW

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  3. Love this post! I served in Brazil and I didn't see much I liked....lol ;)

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  4. You nailed it, ma belle. Really, really great sum-up. Five easy things to remember and incorporate--parfait!

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  5. Great post Mindy! I agree that it's great to have a unique style, not an overly matching look. I always try to put colors and textures together that are out of the ordinary.

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  6. Very interesting post! Thank you Mindy! I never thought that french girls are that simple and free in clothes/style.

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  7. When I went to Paris I had the same observations. Even the men had amazing style. I didn't see a single person in sweatpants, unless they were working out!
    Modern Modest Beauty

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  8. Thank you for all your wonderful comments! I'm glad we can see eye-to-eye on this issue :)

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  9. Wow that's great insight and I agree with you 100%. I've dyed my hair once in my life to make it charcoal black back when I was 14. Hasn't dyed since then ever. And I am afraid of trying new styles and new accessories, but you're right I shouldn't be. I like effortless yet fixed style too. And lastly confident woman is the sexiest woman.

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    1. Thank you for always commenting, Uuree! I'm glad you are a non-dyer too :) It saves a lot of money too, huh??

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  10. Hi !
    As a French women I'm pretty amazed by American women style, you look so beautiful and you know how to emphasise your clothes... Well I guess we're never happy with what we have ;-)

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    1. I guess the grass is always greener on the other side! Haha! Merci bien, Marjorie! T'es trop gentille :)

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  11. Wow I LOVE this post! It was brilliant! And you served a mission?! and in France?! Woah so lucky! I wish I could go there someday. I served in Toronto Canada and it was very diverse, so that was cool to see. and with the whole au natural thing, it seems like you need to be a model or something? haha. Thanks for sharing these insights. It was very inspiring indeed. Thanks so much for coming by and for your sweet comment :)

    sherri

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    1. You are too kind, Sherri :) Btw, I love the title of your blog :) tres francais!

      I love your blog and am glad you stopped by!!!

      Thank you!

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  12. It's so glowy and fresh! A really beautiful look

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