By Sequoia Sierra
Perhaps it has something to do with Paris having been the Fashion Capital of the world for over a century, or perhaps it’s just a French ‘thing’; either way it is undeniable that the quintessential French woman, particularly the Parisian, has mastered the look of the ‘Effortless Chic.’
There are three main elements to achieving the effortless chic look, and three words come to mind when breaking it down: Simple, Tailored and Detailed.
In its beauty and elegance, “effortless chic” is never flamboyant or over the top. It is ideal and sturdy for every day wear while still embodying feminine delicacy and charm.
Now this is true of most Europeans in general, but is certainly true of the Parisian woman’s look. You will never catch her in ill-fitting clothes, something which sadly seems to be an American phenomenon — and one that needs to change! Fitted or tailored clothing does not imply that something is tight, but rather that it “fits well” that it is the person’s size. If sleeves or pants are too long, they need to be tailored and hemmed to fit the person who wears them. If something is too large, it is taken in so that instead of drowning the individual it compliments their body and shape.
You may think that if something is simple, than how could it also be detailed? Simple does not mean boring, and detailed can simply mean that a nice jacket has beautiful buttons on it, or a little black dress is worn with a beautifully flowered silk scarf, or that an outfit is worn with a statement piece of jewelry such as a necklace or earrings. That is detail.
So to achieve the “Effortless Chic” look of the French Woman keep in mind the three elements needed to achieve it: Simple, Tailored, and just a touch of Detail!