The French girl effect. Style, confidence and attitude but not ego. How time in France influenced my personal style.
Style is all about self confidence, comfort and knowing what you want to say.
STYLE AND SELF CONFIDENCE
I really believe that developing your own personal, signature style is part of creating your own conversation. Style is in the way you carry yourself, how you handle a situation and the way that you communicate with the world.
Through my clothing, I prefer to say that I am never overdone and generally, I rather forget about what I am wearing all together. Choosing to let my style speak for itself, I prefer to move on with the conversation.
I also find I have a desire not to stick out too much.
Admittedly there have been times in my life where I wanted to command more attention. Back in the day I did not mind an eye catching colour or print but now, I tend to dress quieter. Why? I have no desire to show off or somehow upstage my friends. I am confident but I don’t need to be flashy about it.
THE FRENCH GIRL EFFECT
It is for these reasons that I am drawn to certain pieces that I repeat wear over and over. While I do add new things into my closet from time to time, I feel myself blush whenever I am out and someone gushes over some new thing I am wearing. Sticking to those pieces that become a uniform, a signature, feels far more put together.
It also seems to be the French girl effect.
THE FRENCH GIRL
The French woman wears classic pieces that become her signature. Her style is all about attitude.
Naturally, I love that. As an almost anti socialite type of girl, I have no interest in the latest style happenings of the ‘socialite it’ girl. Each to their own, of course, they can flaunt the latest trends, get their hair done and be snapped for social pages. Personally I like a laid back approach to dressing. Perhaps dressy is adding red lipstick and swapping brogues for a pump heel.
When there is something familiar about a piece, I know I have adopted it entirely. I have a leather backpack I dug out of a vintage store bin one afternoon years ago in Pigalle. It is worn, soft and a little worse for wear. The particular way that one of the broken straps curls over and that some of the hand stitching has come loose are so well known to me that I’d dare not ever fix it.
EMBRACING THE FRENCH ATTITUDE
Growing up I was often teased for the gap between my teeth (which did not become ‘fashionable’ till I was much older). It was not until I spent time in France that I recognised how quirks such as these are an asset. Regarded as a part of your visual story, accepting these is just a part of being comfortable with yourself.
The real secret to this French girl style is all in the attitude. Don’t try too hard.