THE FRENCH GIRL STYLE GUIDE

 

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

In general, French wardrobe basics are timeless, well-fitting essentials. Let's take black pants, elegant skinny jeans, menswear-inspired blazers, sharp-white blouses, and high-quality sweaters as examples of French style. Consider this: The way a French woman dresses is well-built and planned to endure. Just as French fashion is well-constructed and designed to last, so is nearly every element of a French woman's wardrobe, including jewelry.

So, if we peaked into a French fashionista's jewelry collection, what would we find?

Contrary to popular belief, the French don't just wear big, flashy gold jewelry. Instead, they often stick to classic pieces that have a bit of an edge. Take a look at these staples:

 


 

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 as well. The key to nailing color in a ring set is to keep the colors complementary. So if you're wearing a green dress, for example, 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 rings, 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. It's okay and recommended in Paris to mix your gold and silver jewelry. 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. By adding a watch with a gold metal band to an all silver jewelry ensemble, or vice versa, you add visual interest without going too over the top. In the same way, a ring with an interesting metal band can add some visual flair to a more subtle outfit.

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. So go out and get some great stacking rings, mix and match them, and don't be afraid to experiment. And most importantly, have fun with it! After all, that's what fashion is all about.

 

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.

There is another reason these signature jewelry pieces are so popular in France. First, as mentioned before, vintage signet rings are passed down throughout generations. They also go perfectly with the French woman's style of dress. The most straightforward black dress becomes more stylish with a personalized signet ring. Because these items signify such a strong sense of fashion and sophistication, any woman who wears one is bound to feel great about herself.

If you are intrigued by the French tradition of wearing a personalized signet ring, it's best to consult with an experienced jewelry designer. You can have one custom-made for you in fine metals and precious stones, even if they aren't family heirlooms. And when you do, make sure to ask your jeweler about the different meanings and symbolism that your ring might represent. You might just find that wearing a signet ring gives you the confidence to carry yourself in the same chic way as a French woman.

 

 

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 particularly wonderful when 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 also mix shapes like an oval and square medallion for a modern take on this French staple. A square medallion gives off a more classical vibe, while an oval 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.

No matter what color or style of medallion necklace you choose, make sure to wear it with confidence. This is a necklace that commands attention, so own it and rock it with pride.

 

 

6. Small Hoop Earrings
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 and diverse appearance 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.

7. Tiny Drop Earrings
Chic French women opt for these non-fussy, but still a little-bit-special, smart 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.

 

 

8. Simple Ear Cuffs

True French fashionistas never take off their ear cuffs, whether they're wearing jeans or a ball gown. They know that a pair of simple ear cuffs are the perfect complement to an updo or a low-side ponytail. You can wear one ear cuff on each ear for a subtle yet attractive look or stack them for a more noticeable effect.

If you want to recreate French style, here are a few tips on how to choose and wear ear cuffs:

- Choose a minimalist design. There's no need for over-the-top details or embellishments when you're going for a French look. Ear cuffs with simple designs will look best and most versatile.

When it comes to French style, there's no better way to recreate it than with a minimalist ear cuff. So go ahead and add one to your jewelry collection – you won't regret it!

- Wear your hair in an updo or a low-side ponytail. French fashionistas never leave their hair loose when wearing beautiful ear cuffs. If you want to go for the French look, make sure your hair is up and off your ears.

- Match your ear cuff to your outfit. A minimalist ear cuff will go with just about any outfit, but you can also choose a design that matches the colors and style of your clothing. For example, if you're wearing a blue dress, try a gold ear cuff with blue pavé accents or a cuff glazed with blue enamel details.

- Stack them or wear them separately. If you want a more noticeable effect, stack your ear cuffs on top of each other. Or, if you're going to keep things subtle, wear them only on one ear. Choose what works best for your outfit and your personality. Elegant and understated or glamorous and daring – it's up to you!

- Choose a metal that complements your skin tone. Gold is a good choice for warm skin tones, while silver is suitable for those with cool skin tones. They are both classic choices, but you can also choose a different metal if you want a unique look.

- Choose a style that fits your personality. If you're shy and reserved, choose a minimalist design in a subtle metal. If you're more outgoing and adventurous, choose a more eye-catching style in a bright metal like rose-gold or an edgy metal like gun-metal.

-Choose a quality ear cuff. Not all ear cuffs are equal, so it's essential to choose one made from high-quality materials. Look for ear cuffs made from sterling silver, gold, or platinum and with care. You'll be wearing your ear cuff for years to come, so it's important to choose one that will stand the test of time.

- No matter what ear cuff style you choose, make sure that it's comfortable to wear. You don't want something that is constantly slipping out of your ears, or that's going to bother you all night long. Instead, choose an ear cuff design that will stay in place and look great. Adjustable styles that fit all ear sizes are always a good choice.

- Buy several pairs. Ear cuffs tend to get lost or broken, so it's best to buy several pairs of the same ear cuff design so you'll always have one when you need it. After all, you'll never know when a moment will arrive that calls for a little extra glamour – or French flair!

- French women always look polished, hence keep your ear cuffs in good condition. Like all jewelry, treat ear cuffs with care. Ensure they are safe from damage by keeping them away from water and other liquids and storing them in a safe place when you are not wearing them.

 

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.