Achieving Effortless French Girl Style
As a self-declared Francophile, my primary style inspiration lies within the seams of French fashion. The country and the culture have always been dear to me; there's a great deal of elegance in their simplicity. That being said, when I visited Paris over the summer, it was a little too easy for me to spot out the Americans versus the French. The people there value a minimalistic chicness that just seems foreign to us here. "Moins est plus," they say. Less is more.
Forrest and I dedicated an entire day of our trip to shopping (as one should, in Paris). While the three-story, designer Champs-Élysées shops were marvelous, they were a little intimidating to me, and frankly seemed somewhat out of place. The Louis Vuitton and Hermès stores were crammed with foreigners and pushy salesmen, and it made the experience a little less romantic than I had hoped. Luckily, later on in the trip, I came across a store called Maje. It proved to be the very essence of iconic French fashion: classy, elegant, and refined, but very fashion-forward. The brand is on the pricier side, but luckily, they were having a sale at the time, so I purchased a few "forever" pieces (you know, those clothes you'll pass down for generations).
I actually ended up taking a ribbon-belt from one of my dresses and wrapping it around the collar of the blouse I bought. I love a good bow, and I think it looks very French when done subtly enough. The ruffled skirt I purchased twirls beautifully, and I felt like a princess spinning it atop the matching striped columns.
I have a vintage, pink tweed Jackie O-esque skirt I found on eBay that I love to pair this blouse with now. The look is equally Parisian and bit more approachable. Conversely, I love to dress down the exaggerated skirt with a cropped bardot top. I've linked a few similar Maje pieces below for your perusing pleasure!
Photography by Forrest Culotta