THE FRENCH GIRL STYLE GUIDE



We have a longstanding obsession with French girl magnetism, much like women everywhere. We try our best to recreate the simple (yet insanely chic) way the French Parisian dress to their no-fuss approach to beauty to that inimitable 'je ne sais quoi.'


And while we may not be able to bottle up that certain something, we can definitely get closer to achieving French girl cool with a few well-chosen wardrobe staples. The perfect striped tee, a timeless pair of jeans, a great blazer... these are all key components to nailing that effortless look.


But what about accessories? When it comes to jewelry, the French have a few tricks up their well-tailored sleeves. So here's a little guide on incorporating some quintessential French girl pieces into your jewelry box.


1. STACKING RINGS


French women aren't afraid to wear many ring sets at once. On the contrary, they wear all kinds of ring stacks, including chunky or fine ones, with gemstones or without. They are not afraid to go all-out when stacking rings, depending on what looks best on their hands.


When it comes to rocking cool ring sets, the French know how to do it right. They mix and match different ring styles, colors, and materials to create a unique look. And they don't shy away from big, bold rings, either. So it's not uncommon to see French women rocking several large rings on each hand. Because they intuitively know stacking large rings is a great way to add visual interest to any outfit.


If you're looking to add some ring stacks to your collection, take a cue from the French fashionistas and go for something eye-catching and unique. You can find stacking rings in all kinds of materials, including gold, silver, platinum, and even rose gold. Try on everything from a hammered texture for a more edgy look, a matte finish for a softer look, or a satin glaze for a high-end, posh look.


And if you want to add a touch of color, there are plenty of rings with colorful gemstones. The key to nailing color in a ring set is to keep the colors complementary. So, if you're wearing a green dress, consider a ring set with green and pink gemstones. Or, if you're wearing all black, go mod and try a ring set with black and white gems.


Don't be afraid to experiment with ring metals, as the French do. And you don't have to wear all your rings at once—mix and match to create a look that's totally YOU. In Paris, mixing your gold and silver jewelry is okay and recommended. So French Fashionistas do it with the metal components on their watches, and they do it with their ring metals and accent stones.


Why is mixed metal so popular in France? It is hard to say, but it could be because it is a way to add some personality and difference to an outfit. If everything matches, it can look too coordinated and not as natural. Adding a watch with a gold metal band to an all-silver jewelry ensemble or vice versa adds visual interest without going too over the top.


For French women, it's not about how many cool ring sets they have; it's about wearing the right pieces together in the right proportions with confidence.


2. SIGNET RINGS


Every French woman has a custom-made signet ring, often monogrammed with her initials or the family crest. They use these personalized pieces as their jewelry signatures, and as such, these items are very important to them.


French women also take pride in their vintage signet rings passed down to them from older generations. To lose or damage one is very distressing.


You have probably noticed that French women wear these signature jewelry pieces even in the most informal situations because they are discreet yet highly symbolic. Their custom-made signet rings have many meanings, ranging from religious symbolism to ties to aristocracy and love of family.


3. MEDALLION NECKLACES


The medallion necklace is an authentic French classic. This type of necklace will make you look like the perfect Parisian woman with whatever you wear it with.


When wearing this necklace style, the only thing to remember is not to wear too much else in your outfit; otherwise, it can take away from the details in your medallion necklace and make you overdressed for the occasion.


A gold medallion necklace looks wonderful paired with a white blouse and jeans for that effortlessly chic French look. You could also try a silver medallion necklace with a little black dress for a more elegant evening ensemble.


The medallion necklace is perfect for layering, so don't be afraid to mix and match different necklace styles and materials. For example, try wearing a gold medallion necklace with a silver chain or vice versa. Or, layer a silver medallion necklace over a choker for an edgier look. You can mix shapes like an oval and square medallion for a modern take on this French staple. An oval medallion gives off a more classical vibe, while a square medallion is more contemporary. Mix these two shapes for a unique look that will set you apart from the rest.


When choosing a medallion necklace, it's essential to find one with detailing that you love. Whether it's intricate designs or colorful stones, make sure the medallion necklace you choose speaks to your personal style.


Make sure to wear it confidently, no matter what color or style of medallion necklace you choose. This necklace style commands attention, so own it and rock it with pride.


4. SMALL HOOPS


Small hoop earrings are perfect for versatile wear. So you can have fun with hoops, from high-fashion outfits to casual everyday clothes.


The best part about small hoop earrings is the ability to layer them atop your other French-style staples like ear cuffs, creating a more unique look while maintaining the French feel. Pair your hoops with a white turtleneck, dark blue jeans, and a bright red coat for an outfit that exudes the charm of the French fashionista.


5. TINY, DROP EARRINGS


Chic French women opt for these non-fussy, but still a little bit special,
styles for everyday wear. It's a fun and flirty way to work Parisian style into your wardrobe. Tiny drop earrings effortlessly accentuate a chignon or ponytail and can even transform a simple T-shirt and jeans ensemble into something charming.


6. SIMPLE EAR CUFFS


If you're anything like me, you're probably on the hunt for ways to nail that effortless French girl style. One key ingredient? The ear cuff.


Ear cuffs are those little pieces of jewelry that wrap around the upper part of your ear and add a touch of edge to any outfit. They come in all sorts of styles, from delicate and dainty to bold and statement-making.
Whether you're a seasoned pro when it comes to rocking this trend, or you're just dipping your toe in the water, there's an ear cuff out there for you. Here's how to find the perfect one:


1. Decide on the look you're going for.


Do you want something understated and chic? Or are you looking for something a little more out-there? Keep in mind that you can wear ear cuffs on either the top or bottom part of your ear, so think about what will look best with your hairstyle.


2. Find the right size.


Ear cuffs come in all sorts of sizes, from small and delicate to large and chunky. If you're unsure what size will work best for you, it's always a good idea to try a few different styles before making your final decision.


3. Opt for quality.


Like with any piece of jewelry, you'll want to ensure you're opting for quality in your ear cuff. Look for pieces that are made from durable materials like 18k gold or sterling silver.


WRAPPING UP


There you have it – everything you need to know about French girl style and how to incorporate it into your wardrobe. Keep these tips in mind the next time you go shopping, and you'll be sure to find the perfect jewelry to add a touch of je ne sais quoi to your look.