10 style tips from French women | "Parisian chic" | Justine Leconte



I often get questions about French women’s style or about Parisian style. There seems to be something about it that is chic and appealing, which I only really realized once I started to travel around and live outside of France.
I asked some well-dressed French friends about their do’s and dont’s when putting their outfits together: they agreed on so many points!

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41 comments for “10 style tips from French women | "Parisian chic" | Justine Leconte

  1. August 31, 2019 at 11:25 pm

    A shout out to all fellow subscribers. This is the most uplifting and positive group on YouTube.

  2. August 31, 2019 at 11:25 pm

    In India we wear a lot of bright colour and a lot of jewellery to parties, weddings and celebrations. Every Indian woman owns jewellery and it is part of our heritage that goes back thousands of year. Infact, showing up to a wedding with no jewellery would be odd, and it would be very rare.

  3. August 31, 2019 at 11:25 pm

    In India, eyeliner is a big thing because as Indian women we tend to have large eyes so we like to dress them up. Also, lipstick is quite popular but not foundation as much because it is too hot to wear foundation, so many women stick to eyeliner and lipstick. The youth in urban India are influenced by instagram and are more into face makeup.

  4. August 31, 2019 at 11:25 pm

    American: very casual, outdoorsy or sporty, some bright colors are fine, and we don’t try to match shoes with the purse or anything like that.
    Well, most of us, anyway.

  5. August 31, 2019 at 11:25 pm

    I laugh because without ever watching your videos I apply without thinking all those tips like black with black all silver or all gold. my jewellery has been the same for years a timeless silver chain with black stones.. or a thing gold chain..have heaps of scarfs wool or cotton.. etc nice ..normally solid colours..earring or a chain, not both at the same time unless they are pearls….use a lot of all black..have like 10 black men tshirts..so they are long and loos….etc..I dress like you say..I am missing the good blazer…I am Argentine.

  6. August 31, 2019 at 11:25 pm

    I find French women's color of dressing are too neutral, in another word, genderless, they don't like to wear red or pink or this kind of vibrant colours which I think is beautiful , you can look very chic and classic in red or yellow blouse with a short black shirt, or white floating pants.

  7. August 31, 2019 at 11:25 pm

    Love you Justine, thank you for the videos!!!

  8. August 31, 2019 at 11:25 pm

    I’m a typical American Caucasian mutt….. name a European gene, and I have it! But evidently, my French gene leapt into action the first time I saw those blue, green and yellow nail polishes. I didn’t know whether to administer oxygen to the victim or recommend a doctor who was effective at treating fungus and mold! 🤢 For the life of me, I don’t understand how anyone thinks those colors are attractive. And I’m convinced that those wearing gray polish have never seen a dead person!
    Thank you, my French ancestors

  9. August 31, 2019 at 11:25 pm

    Have Just discovered your channel. Greek girl here! Well, unfortunately Greek women's style has nothing to do with The French.They usually wear a lot of make up on a daily basis, including highlighter and permanent eyelash extensions! The hair is like they ve just came out of The salon-even worse, The nails are so big like a witch and with all kinds of drawings on. They tend to Shop fast fashion items and create a confusing, sometimes kitsch image… I say "they" because I try a lot to follow a more minimalistic style as possible of course😂

  10. August 31, 2019 at 11:25 pm

    In Poland it's a bit complicated
    1. Women tend to wear full makeup on a daily occasions
    2. Wearing high heels on a daily basis is a standard not a rarity
    3. Outer clothing – jackets, coats, blazers are usually the most important piece of clothing in the whole outfit, and we love when they are of good quality – preferably made of wool etc.
    4. We don't really wear much of a jewelry, on a daily basis at most it's one bracelet and small earrings.
    5. We love leather shoes and bags, the ones made of plastic are seemed as a "not natural option"
    6. Colours of the outfit, shoes and bag should match, preferably they should be in the same "tone ".
    7. Women tend to wear feminine, flattering clothes. You can sometime see people wearing loose trousers but it's extremely rare to see someone wearing both baggy trousers and loose top.
    8. It's very important to iron your clothes, if you wear white shoes make sure they are white etc. Take care of your garment.
    9. It's safer to be too elegant rather than not elegant enough, unless someone is going to gym you won't see them wearing yoga pants.

  11. August 31, 2019 at 11:25 pm

    In Turkey women fashion is separated to 2 groups; work fashion and casual fashion. We can describe casual fashion as a pair of jeans and a t-shirt. And we can describe work fashion as a midi skirt or some pants and a shirt sometimes with blazers

  12. August 31, 2019 at 11:25 pm

    its common in Texas to see mixed metals. Not so much when I was a girl but now for sure. Redheads never wore red before, now that's ok as well.

  13. August 31, 2019 at 11:25 pm

    We are all about feminism these days so women wear whatever they feel like wearing but mostly we change looks depending on the season – Brazil

  14. August 31, 2019 at 11:25 pm

    In Canada the rules are very similar but its more casual. I think less women wear perfume and jewlery because its so expensive. One thing though is that wearing tall heeled shoes of any kind is very rare women typically dont wear heels taller than 2 inches especially in winter unless they are really trying to draw attention to their shoes.

  15. August 31, 2019 at 11:25 pm

    I agree with your points on the video, Justine. As French women, we undoubtedly have these "rules" taught quite early. The shoe/bag part made me laugh so hard because this is a thing that is so common and agreed on in France that I never realized it could not be the case anywhere else. But let me tell you, for some reason, many French men do not know this – how rude! 😂

  16. August 31, 2019 at 11:25 pm

    French fashion is the best fashion..comfortable and classy..world actually works around French fashion 😌😌 i love it please keep it this way..
    I'm from India our fashion is kinda festive but you can't always wear it's not veryyyy comfortable but when comes to festival sarees and salwars rocks

  17. August 31, 2019 at 11:25 pm

    I live in British Columbia, Canada. I think our style is fairly casual and natural. The goal is to look healthy and put together, but like you woke up that way (without too much effort).

  18. August 31, 2019 at 11:25 pm

    I have taken your advice I have just bought a classic cashmere off white coat it’s beautiful I saved for a special classic coat ! Hopefully it will last me ten years ! I am afraid I have always have and always will buy classic clothes but that’s me I take great care of my clothes and shoes and in fact everything I own because I had to save up to buy them ! Classic clothes are quite expensive but very beautiful !

  19. L B
    August 31, 2019 at 11:25 pm

    o no..i love mixing prints and also wear silver and gold together..it suits me.

  20. August 31, 2019 at 11:25 pm

    Serious style question on wearing black and brown together…could you wear a Louie Vuitton handbag and black shoes or outfit?

  21. August 31, 2019 at 11:25 pm

    Im from Latvia and all the way while I grew up I remember my mom kept on telling : "You cant wear that skirt , it has flower print on it , it doesnt go with your polka dot shirt – u wear only 1 print item ! " or " look , your eyes has too much eyeliner, remove lipstick if you gonna wear that " or " are you a christmas tree? you dont need the big earrings and the necklace , choose ! " So i guess french fashion went a long way even in the days before internet 😀

  22. August 31, 2019 at 11:25 pm

    It’s not just the environment that dictates what one wears…. colors best worn also depend on one’s DNA. I was in India and loved all the colorful clothes the ladies wore. I went to several places to have some clothes made, but even with the vast array of fabrics offered, I could not find not one thing that didn’t make my pale skin, red hair, and blue eyes look sickly! Bright, vibrant, saturated colors…though I love looking at them… easily overwhelm me. ☹️ I end up looking like one of those mannequins in dress shops that is just a human form… no features!
    Even with western fabrics and colors, I seldom wear prints …. or I’ll get the same effect. (Sigh)

  23. August 31, 2019 at 11:25 pm

    Love your channel and love coming back to this video and the comments from around the world. It is insightful. I am originally from Bangladesh where, like most south Asian cultures, there is too much going on at any point. You should see brides on their wedding days sporting heavy gold embroidery on silk outfits and wearing as much gold as they can afford. They literally layer gold over gold! Not to mention smokey eyes, red lips, etc. Even on a daily basis people will mix bright bold colors with lots of jewelry and makeup. It is considered unusual to wear earring but no necklace, etc. Then I moved to Montreal where the style seemed more individualistic but polished at all times. It was a treat to see so many unique styles on the street – elegant, bohemian, effortless chic, edgy, athleisure chic, etc…..but always put-together. Finally I moved to a college town in Texas where the dominating style rule is shorts and tee shirt with sneakers or cowboy boots! Very different. I personally prefer the "Parisian chic" style with some exceptions, and appreciate when people take an effort to look put together irrespective of their style. I felt most at home in Montreal (style wise).

  24. August 31, 2019 at 11:25 pm

    I'm from Mexico and here big eyes lashes are very important, so eyeshadow too. We use a lot jeans even in the office.

  25. August 31, 2019 at 11:25 pm

    I am Russian, and I follow every single style tip you mentioned. Btw, you have a fantastic personality!

  26. August 31, 2019 at 11:25 pm

    Too many rules for my liking! I love my colours and my prints 😊 Glad that I'm an Indian and not French.

  27. August 31, 2019 at 11:25 pm

    In Texas, not everyone dresses like they're about to ride a horse. Light summer clothes are worn almost the entire year for good reason, and it's common to have at least one pair of cowboy boots in their closet, especially for dancing and other social events.

    For Texan men, the cowboy hats, boots, and/or jeans have to be old and weather beaten, otherwise everyone will know the "Urban Cowboys" for the frauds that they are. Large belt buckles and bolo ties are quietly tolerated.

    For Texan women, everything is bigger in Texas, at least in theory. Accessories are popular, especially long necklaces and multiple bracelets. Women love their manicures, and afternoons at the nail salon are a popular way to socialize with friends. Thank God the bleached-blond big hair and pancake makeup aren't as much in style as they used to be!

  28. August 31, 2019 at 11:25 pm

    No one does red lipstick where I come from. Always pinks. (Pacific Northwest US). Pink eyeshadows and nails never go away. The close second is plum shades. I wore red lips once when I was 15, felt like a clown. Looks good on other people, you just don't see it much around here.

  29. August 31, 2019 at 11:25 pm

    In Brazil we use bright colors (nails, clothes, lipstick, hair color, shoes, bags…),l; we show the tummy or the legs (or both), except at the work place; the makeup during the day is so natural that it looks like you have nothing at all, but at night it's well made and usually we focus on eyes and lips; and we dress up whenever we go out at night, either to have dinner or some drinks, or to go to a fancy party.

  30. August 31, 2019 at 11:25 pm

    Haha! I am the total opposite to some of these rules, mainly the more colours and patterns the better! But I LOVE french fashion on other people. Nothing makes me happier than being in France and seeing an old lady walking down the street with some extravagant glasses, perfectly tailored dress and jacket with stylish shoes, all matching with one accent colour! I just want to high five them! Yes ladies, work it!

  31. August 31, 2019 at 11:25 pm

    I love French style… it seems so effortless, but still very classy. Here in the Midwest of the US, all you see is women (who apparently never look in the mirror) wearing leggings and tank tops. It's as if they want people to think they've just been at the gym, when in reality, the closest they've ever been to the gym is the Starbucks next door. I wish I could wear heels, because I think they really can add to an outfit… but my feet will have no part of that. I have invested in a nice pair of black ballet flats and some cute patent leather kitten heels, and I guess those will have to do. I agree that less is more, it's crazy though how you can buy some jacked up outfits with enough bling to blind a city, for a few bucks, and a classic nice quality pair of black pants can set you back a day's pay.

  32. August 31, 2019 at 11:25 pm

    My Mom always told me to show only one body part at a time. For example, not wearing a short skirt and a sleeveless top together.

  33. August 31, 2019 at 11:25 pm

    I feel the same way with patterns! I do not like mixing patterns at all. If I wear patterns, which is only on occasion, I normally stick to florals or stripes. I'm American, by the way.

  34. August 31, 2019 at 11:25 pm

    I was once told I had a European style, and when I went to France I was continually confused for a French person. I was not sure why? Now I get it, as I follow all of these rules naturally. (I am not European or Américaine). My mother taught me all these rules, she is Irish. I wonder if it is similar in Ireland.

  35. August 31, 2019 at 11:25 pm

    I'm Israeli, and I think we are similar to french in the sense that it is very important not to look like you made an effort.
    But we usually won't wear all black (except at night, I think) and definitely won't wear things that seem formal on a daily basis. Something fitted and fancy on just another day would be odd. It's very un-israely. Even workplace style in Israel is more casual than in other countries.
    It's important to look at ease, and also feminine. A part of it is balancing out tight clothes and loose clothes, and not wearing things you'll be uncomfortable in, like super high heels. They are not for daily use.
    Also, many Israeli men are short… A real problem :/

    hair:
    Many keep it long, and all Israeli girls I know have their own little routine with their hair. We often try to make it look free but very clean, so carefully curated messy updo hairstyles… Or just loose, maybe with one/two pins. Or an interesting cut, especially when you have curly hair (because you want them to look happy:))
    You won't see many unnatural hair colors in Israel. The more common thing would be highlighting it. Although there's so much sun so it's really hard to tell when it's natural and when it's not, so idk 😅

    As for make up I think the key point is similar to what you said about french girls, only I think Israelis tend to accentuate eyes more than lips (on day time at least). There is so much sun and you want your eyelashes to look like they exist.
    We do fix our eyebrows. Just cleaning them up, mostly, nothing too extreme.
    As for nail polish, I think it's either a shade of pink/nude or something that matches your clothes. But not extremely bright on the hands, except for red. On the toes the colors are often darker, if they don't match. (So, if you picked a grey dress, you might go for grey nail polish on both hands and toes, messy hair, and then some creative colorful wood necklace, or just tons of silver rings plus silver earrings, and sandals)

    Jewelry is something of personal style & often at least some of the collection has sentimental value.

    You can see here a lot of Indian insperation, and enthnic designs are common. Toe rings and ankle bracelets exist too, but outside of office work.
    In general, we use way more color and light than what you described. Just Jeans and plain white/black tee would be too sad, many would add some color (thin cotton scarf works)

    Any Israelis here? Feel free to correct me if I got it wrong:)

  36. August 31, 2019 at 11:25 pm

    Norwegian girls love to play it natural and there’s like a mix of high end fashion and timeless, retro fashion. We’re very individual, though.

  37. August 31, 2019 at 11:25 pm

    Here in Canada too many women wears leggings as pants with a crop top! Sorry but leggings are not pants, you need to wear them with a tunic. I don't want to see the shape of your underwear and your camel toe. Only a handful of people can pull that off, but it's nothing but classy, sorry!

  38. August 31, 2019 at 11:25 pm

    Brazil – top 10 of "musts" for brazilian women in the north/northeast (where is summer all year):
    1. colorful, very colorful clothes and basic shoe colors (black or nude)
    2. tight outfits in general
    3. all colours for nail polish, no problem, but usually women go for white nail polish
    4. animal print is a big for blouses
    5. all types of bikinis in the closet (we dont buy necessarily whats for our body type, we like to try on different ones)
    6. fitted jeans is a must
    7. heels are a must for going out at night
    8. make up usually is more about the eyes than the lips
    9. we tend to use a lot of perfum – floral
    10. being tanned but not having tan line is also considered beautiful

  39. August 31, 2019 at 11:25 pm

    I'm from the US and moved to the Netherlands, and boy did I feel out of place with my random band t-shirts and jeans. Not that people here don't dress casually sometimes but, even going to the grocery store, people still dress up way more than in america. I'm still trying to sort out my wardrobe, since I don't have a lot of money to spend on ONE shirt at the moment, so its a balance between having enough clothes to wear, but also phasing out my old stuff and working towards a capsule-like wardrobe. Plus it doesn't help that I work a lot, so my work clothes, while I have upgraded to a plain, casual, nicer looking t-shirt (since i mean, i work in a kitchen) that's the stuff people see me in most, so I still feel under dressed when I go out later, even if I am wearing something nice.
    For going out however, wow definitely a big difference compared to america. Loud colors or patterns, bold textures (usually kept to one item though, luckily), leather pants are not out of the norm at all, heck even bold patterned suit jacket and pants for women aren't given a silly stare. Bright neon colors, lots of like color-palette outfits. And I've also seen a lot of girls, maybe mostly younger ones, that wear high wasted pants and a fitted tucked in tank top so it looks like a jumpsuit. Needless to say, while I still don't really care about following trends, or fitting in too much, I just feel mmm under-dressed but in a way that says, I'm unkempt, versus, I have my own style.

  40. August 31, 2019 at 11:25 pm

    Love your videos! I have never been able to explain the style of clothing I like to wear to my friends when we're out shopping, but now I see that it is very much French. I love it!

  41. August 31, 2019 at 11:25 pm

    I'm from the US. There are no more rules, people dress any way they like. There are regional preferences, of course, some weather-related and some more cultural-related, but overall there is no one standard. You see the full gamut of style possibilities here — conservative, loud, ethnic, boho, trendy, vintage, chic, tacky, elegant, thrift store, you name it. I guess we are, as in all things, a wildly undisciplined lot. I admire French discipline and restraint, but in general we lack the national character for it over here.

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