Accessorize Like the French

french_accessories_lagardeChristine Lagarde 11th Managing Director of the IMF

French Accessory Basics

The French chic know how to transform their look with accessories. They accessorize to change the look of their neutral color, classic, basic style clothing. French women know how to add a trendy accessory every season.  They accessorize their basics with one or two other colors. They always buy trendy items that go with what they have in their closet.  A good quality bold, splashy color handbag or a trendy detail like a new shade of lipstick will accessorize a basic.


The French chic accessorize with hats, bags, belts (several widths with simple buckles in leather), scarves, sunglasses and jewelry (earrings, a necklace). There are exceptions to every rule but in general French females accessorize with one signature piece. Wearing something in a different way like a man’s belt tied over a sweater or shirt. or wearing a man’s watch adds style.  The French avoid glitter and logos.

If French women wear one item of jewelry they choose earrings. Pearl earrings look chic on everyone. Timeless, quality pieces of jewelry are great investments. When purchasing jewelry take into consideration proportion and color. Size of jewelry pieces should go with your size and color of jewelry should flatter your skin tone.

“Before you leave the house, take a look in the mirror and take one thing off” Chanel