My Favourite Style Tip - Their Secret is My Secret!
So, what's the secret? And yes, there is a secret. I've read all of the books to find out what it is, from 'French Women Don't Get Fat', to 'Two Lipsticks and a Lover'. I have an impressive collection of French beauty products. I've read interviews with French style icons such as Audrey Tatou and Charlotte Gainsbourg, and I've shopped French, buying clothes from affordable retailers available in the UK. So here is my number one style tip, even if you're not trying to be more French, it's a tip to help you be more stylish!
As there are a few stages to 'dressing from the inside out', I have put together an explanation of how to do it.
How to Dress From the Inside Out
The core layer is attitude. Confidence can be hard to summon up at times, I know, but you can always fake it! Your attitude affects your posture and your facial expressions (and therefore wrinkles!). Stand up straight, smile and go get 'em.
Treat your body well. Drink lots of water, exercise, get enough sleep, and eat your veggies. Do things for you mental wellbeing as well as for your body - have time to unwind, get out into the countryside. French women walk a lot, often combining this with shopping (very wise), so get those trainers on! Yes, they eat cheese and drink wine - but they don't gorge on food and they don't get drunk.
Good underwear doesn't have to be sexy and uncomfortable, it can be pretty and easy to wear. Quality hosiery will serve you well. Wear good underwear everyday, not just for special occasions. It can really help with step 1, attitude!
From top to bottom (click for source): Brigitte Bardot in a trenchcoat, Jean Seberg in a white shirt, Corinne Calvet in knitwear, Seberg in a little black dress, Bardot in Breton and ballet pumps, Bardot in ballet pumps, Seberg in Breton and denim.
So there you have the five steps to dressing from the inside out! I never said it was easy, but it is achievable. I think that's the point, that regardless of budget, background, or time, all French women see that being stylish is completely within their reach. They don't make excuses.
I would love to hear your thoughts on dressing from the inside out! Do you agree that attitude counts for a lot in the way we look? How important is taking care of yourself compared to your love of fashion?
Le Brand Ambassador
This post is also my entry for a competition that La Redoute is running, to be one of two 'Brand Ambassadors'. The prize is beyond phenomenal, including a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Paris, which happens to be on my birthday - is that a sign?! I would also be lucky enough to have a monthly budget to spend at La Redoute, to review items for this blog. I already have a wishlist as long as my arm, particularly because their vintage inspired brand Mademoiselle R has some delicious looking garments that I could work into my wardrobe immediately!
I want to be a brand ambassador because I represent the 'average' woman. I'm in my thirties, work hard at what I love but make time for fun, take care of my body, adore fashion, don't have huge amounts of time or a large budget, but appreciate quality, timeless styling, and trends that make me feel current but not ridiculous. I love mixing vintage styling with the modern, for a style I feel is my second skin - one that reflects my lifestyle and allows me to express my personality. That's quite a French attitude, n'est pas?