How do the French dress?

The French style

The French style is pretty peculiar, extraordinary and just special. It's big cinema and yet restrained, stylish but still minimalist. In the outfit of my last shoot, the French style came through quite a bit. At least I always think of a Frenchman when I look at the pictures. But how exactly is the French style defined? What makes him special, what doesn't? I'll try to give you a little insight into the typical one French look To provide.

It's now been 3 years since I was last in Paris. I fondly remember the trip back. Especially when I got out of the taxi with my boyfriend late at night and stood right at the foot of the Eiffel Tower. That was an absolute goosebump moment. The warm summer night, the brightly glittering Eiffel Tower and my friend in hand. I will probably never forget that.

Of course, I especially noticed the clothes in Paris. The French style is simply unmistakable. Whether the woman in the bakery early in the morning or the man on the moped in the afternoon - the French always know how to present themselves in a fashionable way. But the French style was no coincidence. To be what it is today, the French style evolved over the years. But how exactly is the French style defined?

The French style: classic shapes and colors

The French style works a lot with classic shapes and colors. He rarely allows himself an outbreak. Asymmetry and over-sized can also be found in the looks of the French, especially for Fashion Week Paris, but the majority of the time they rely on the classics in terms of shape and color. A beautiful silhouette, clear lines, good proportions - the French like the clean unity of the form.

The French style also draws on the classics when it comes to colors. Black and white always work and are often combined with muted colors. A clean brown, a light gray, a deep green, a strong blue. The classically fashionable Frenchman is reluctant to put on brightly striking colors. Color blocking certainly not at all!

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The French style: Hardly any accessories, instead scarves, ribbons, decorations

As in my photos, the French style likes to incorporate scarves, ties and bow ties into its outfits. A stiff bow tie or scarves waving in the wind, reminiscent of the navy or the pioneering days, are always welcome. I think that gives the look a certain playfulness but at the same time a certain elegance. Especially the French look with a scarf always reminds me of a French boy who should look elegant.

The French style does without excessive accessories. You will seldom see a French woman with oversized earrings or necklaces, just as you will not see a man with 1000 bracelets and a swank watch. In addition to scarves and ribbons, French fashion likes to use a kind of outfit decoration: small bows, tied or braided pendants and sleeves, small ruffles, pins or brooches. The style is also very elegant in terms of decoration.

The French style: minimalism

In general, the French style can be described as minimalism through and through. It is not ostentatious but elegant and knows how to market itself. Even if it is kept simple and accordingly looks "simple", it is somehow not. Finding the right French style is an absolute balancing act. Either you tip to the left and understate or you tip to the right and exaggerate. The golden mean, minimalism, is the French's secret recipe, French fashion.

What is the French style not?

The French style is many things, but it is not much either. The French look never includes too much bling, bling, too much jewelry. Women also don't think much of high heels. The French style is also extremely gracious when it comes to wearing logos, large, wild patterns, prints or company names. Likewise, there is no writing such as "Love is good" or "Sex, Drugs & Rock’n’Roll" on the clothing. It wouldn't be Paris, it wouldn't be France, it wouldn't be fashion. At least not for French fashion tastes. A classic look of mine that breaks up the classic shown a bit is my outfit over the feather bow tie. Classical is beautiful, of course. Anything that deviates from the classic is less the French style. Nevertheless, it should of course be said: everyone should wear what they would like to wear. Because fashion is always exactly what the population, we mean, makes it out of it. However, if you want to conform to the French style, you are in good hands with the things mentioned above. But how does the French style get along with me?

The French style and me

Personally, I don't think the French style is that wrong. At certain points, however, I would like a little more vigor and commitment, because the French style can get boring really quickly! As is the case with classical music, it is unfortunately not entirely open and receptive to new things. And especially for someone like me who loves the future and the new, the fashion style that is permanently stuck in the classic is nothing. Still, I really admire the style and like it too. Some days. Dosed. How do you like the style? Is the French style something for you, do you dress inspired by it or do you think the style is terrible?

Photos made with A. David Holloway