As a French Chic style author and writer, I have identified three main guidelines to keep in mind when following authentic French Chic. I named them 'The Three Pillars' because they support French Chic.
If you disregard these three pillars, your outfit will never be French Chic. It will be something else entirely.
These three pillars are:
Keep it Simple
Less is More
Quality not Quantity
Today, I will talk about two pillars because I noticed that many women get confused and believe, wrongly, that elaborate designs scream French Chic. I beg to differ. These elaborate, intricate and I am sure exquisite designs are more trendy or high fashion than the style that is French Chic. This is what I wish to explain in a nutshell in this post.
First Pillar of French Chic:
KEEP IT SIMPLE
- Simple lines
- Simple design
- Simple prints, if any
- Nothing too elaborate that will hide the wearer
Second Pillar of French Chic:
LESS IS MORE
This pillar is similar to the one above , so think:
- Fewer colours
- Solid colours
- Less detailing
- No logo
- No slogan
I chose these two dresses above to illustrate these two pillars.
The dress on the left keeps in mind these two guidelines:
The dress has a simple and lean design, in one solid and neutral colour.
This dress shows off the wearer's silhouette.
You will notice the woman, not the dress.
This is French Chic.
The dress on the right does not keep in mind these two guidelines.
The lace itself is in a busy pattern already, but frills have been added to the sleeves and the hemline.
This is overwhelming.
You will notice the dress, not the wearer.
This is not French Chic.
I hope you find this post helpful to you. At a glance, you will see if an item can be classed as French Chic or not.
Please let us know what you think in the comment section, merci.
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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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