Have you heard about this colour rule? Chic French women know this guideline and follow it every single day. This is one of the principles about how to dress in a chic and elegant manner that I learned while growing up in France.
Little by little, observing my French role models, I learned by experience, by trial and error. I call this rule the three-colour rule. It is a very important one and a cornerstone of French Chic.
So, you may ask, how does this work? How can I apply it?
As always, with French Chic, simplicity is key. In this rule of 3, you ensure that you don’t wear more than three colours. On the whole of your outfit. At the same time.
This is an extremely simple rule which, when followed, will make your whole ensemble better put together, less busy, more harmonious. More “French Chic”.
Let me explain further. As you’ve discovered if you read my books and blog posts, French Chic is all about understatement and ‘less is more’. This concept runs through the whole style.
So, let’s follow this guideline in a few examples:
If you wish to follow the principles of French Chic, try to make it a daily habit of yours. Count how many colours you wear before setting out. You may be surprised by what may have slipped through on occasions.
Of course, I've simplified the guidelines and there are exceptions, as in every rule. What I am trying to do is help you train your eye to what's French Chic and what's not.
This 3-colour principle is part of the ‘je ne sais quoi’ (that people can’t quite put their finger on) when they mention French Chic. You’ve got it here straight from a Frenchwoman. Sometimes, you’ve got to go to the source, to get authenticity.
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Chic & Elegant: My 3 Best French Style Tips
I'm Marie-Anne Lecoeur. I teach women how to upgrade their style and think, shop & dress like a French woman in my Ecourses and The French Chic Academy
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