As I’m sure you all know by now, I have a slight obsession with all things French. (And a book collection to prove it). A while ago I read a book called All You Need To Be Impossibly French by Helena Frith Powell. It’s a British woman’s witty investigation into the lives, lusts and little secrets of French women. After moving to France with her husband, Helena goes through a year of interviewing known French women and trying to find out how to become a French girl. The book is funny, informative and filled with French girl clichés, and today I thought I’d share my best tips on how to become a French girl, inspired by the book.
HOW TO BECOME A FRENCH GIRL
Always Look Polished
French women are obviously know for their chic & simple, “just rolled out of bed but still always look polished”, style. It’s all about keeping it casual, while still looking chic. Keep it classic with a well-fitted white tee and jeans, but accessorize with a beautiful bag and a scarf. Also, make sure that your nails are always polished and your hair tousled to perfection.
Exercise a Little Every Day
Apparently French girls (and especially Parisians) are not huge fans of exercise, so skip sweating at the gym. Instead go for something zen like yoga, do ballet or go for a stroll in the evening. French stay fit by moving a little bit all the time, so walk to work, skip the lift and take the stairs.
Invest In Lovely Lingerie
According to the book French women always wear matching underwear. (Any French girls out there who could confirm or deny?). There’s no denying that having a matching set of little lacy things can make you feel all kinds of sexy and chic. I’ve only ever owned one fancy French bra, but it was one of my prized possessions for years. So next time you go shopping for lingerie, splurge on something pretty.
All About Beauty
With most great cosmetics brands hailing from France, it’s quite obvious that French women are obsessed with beauty. French beauty is all about skincare and prepping, so get yourself a good routine and invest in some serious skincare treats. (You can get most French pharmacy & luxe brands on Escentual). With makeup it’s all about looking natural, and enhancing what you’ve already got.
It continues to amaze me how French women are so thin with their diets of wine, cheese and creamy sauces. But, as always, the secret is everything in moderation. Something I’ve noticed while visiting our Parisian friends is that they eat a lot of fresh food, and pretty much never snack. So skip the crisps, drizzle your greens with olive oil and skimp on portion sizes.
Age With Grace
Whenever I see photos of Inès de la Fressange I find it nearly impossible to believe she’s verging on sixty. She manages to look stylish, elegant and sexy, without trying to look like she’s still in her twenties. Being a French girl is about embracing your wrinkles and aging with grace. After all, laugh lines just mean you had fun, right? That said, never forget to protect your skin and always wear sunscreen.
Combine Your Lipstick With Literature
If you ask me, one of the most important things about being a French girl is intelligence. French women are not only stylish and beautiful, but also sophisticated and smart. Read up on your literature classics, visit an art museum and stay on top of current affairs.
For more tips on how to become a French girl, pick up a copy of All You Need To Be Impossibly French.