Everyone wants to dress like a Parisienne. French women are renowned for their unpolished yet effortless style. From perfect-fitting jeans to chic blazers and coats, if there is a mode of dressing to adopt this season, it’s the French aesthetic.
We’re celebrating Parisian petites this week on JewelStreet. Jewellery and accessorization in France focuses around minimal and elegant pieces that does not over clutter a look. Take a look at these French female icons for a lesson in French style. From the eternally influential Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel to today’s fashion icon Jeanne Damas. You’ll soon be dressing like a Parisienne through the sophisticated example of these iconic women.
Gabrielle Coco Chanel
Coco Chanel is perhaps the most famous woman in the history of fashion. Founder of Chanel, this trailblazing creative liberated women from traditional and restrictive modes of dress. Her influence in fashion surpassed apparel, as she became a prominent pioneer of women’s accessories, jewellery and fragrances. From the classic Chanel suit to the little black dress, many iconic items of clothing today are owed to Coco Chanel. Her signature jewellery look of course, was her strings of pearls. Gifted by aristocratic lovers in her youth, opulent pearl jewellery became a symbol almost synonymous with the Chanel brand.
Brigitte Bardot was a renowned pop culture icon in the 1950s. Her role as an actress often saw her play sexually vivacious parts making her a French sex symbol. From her beehive blonde hair to her casual but sophisticated style, who wouldn’t want to capture the understated yet glamorous style of Brigitte Bardot in their modern attire? Brigitte often styled her looks with a few chic bracelets, opting for other accessories such as sunglasses and headscarves. Create Bardot-esque bliss with some delicate bracelets this season.
The influence of Françoise Hardy surpasses her legacy as a singer-songwriter. From her classic messy fringe to impeccable style, Hardy is one of the world’s most-loved fashion icons of the 60s and 70s. Born and bred in Paris, Hardy’s fashion stance epitomises Parisian culture. With suede blazers, corduroy jeans and girl-next-door t-shirts, simple and chic is the philosophy of Hardy’s style. In this photograph taken in 1966, Hardy styles two layered pendants over a black jumper. Very elegant, very French.
Lou Doillon is the daughter of renowned director Jacques Doillon and actress Jane Birkin. Model, actress, singer and artist, Doillon is an avid creative and become a prominent cultural figure in and beyond the fashion industry. The fascination with Doillon’s hybrid French style has seen her collaborate with fashion brands such as & Other Stories and Givenchy. Paris has a strong influence on her style. The diversity of people and places means that her style is eclectic, edgy, but always elegant. With her style icons being Patti Smith and Nina Simone, look to Lou Doillon for a refined style that retains the Parisian edge.
French actress Marion Cotillard certainly likes her diamonds. When on the red carpet, you’ll be sure to spot Cotillard wearing find jewellery from renowned jewellery house Chopard. Off the red carpet, her style still retains the elegance and occasion of understated glamour. From statement boots to polished dresses, there is something very clean and effortless about Cotillard’s style. If you’re style leans more towards ‘dressed up’ than ‘dressed down’ like Marion Cotillard, invest in a piece of fine jewellery to treasure for years to come.
Fashion influencer, author, and entrepreneur, Jeanne Damas is the quintessential cool French girl you need to know about. Her style is mature, understated, and chic. She knows how to style the latest trends whilst retaining the elegance and effortless manner that epitomises French fashion. Her signature look - a pair of jeans styled with a sophisticated blazer, boots and bag. Keeping her jewellery minimal and dainty, she’ll opt for a few layered chains and stacking rings to complete her look.
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