Style Yourself The French Girl Way

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Tibi top // Zara pants (similar here and here) // Colette Malouf hair pin (c/o) // Schutz wedges // Celine sunglasses // Annabel Ingall bag // Sophie Harper stud earrings // Jamberry nail wraps

There’s something about the French girl style that has that “je ne sais quoi” that you can’t explain, but it’s just SO effortlessly chic. It’s like Parisian ladies just rolled out of bed ready for street style photographers. I try this daily in Brooklyn, but I end up looking more LA bohemian chic with my beachy waves and loose flowy outfits, or, at worst, like I had a rough week of work. What is it about the French girl?

For starters she doesn’t try. In NYC we try to look effortless with a lot of work. We work out, we curl our hair, we pile on the eyeliner, jewelry and whatnot. The French girl doesn’t have to do any of this. She doesn’t wear much makeup, if at all. She keeps it simple and doesn’t over-think things.

I’m about to embark on a fabulous trip France for blogger and my dear friend Emily‘s wedding and I’m trying to embody this style as much as I can before I get there. I’ve been paring down my makeup, my jewelry, and channeling my inner Birkin and Bardot.

My favorite recent discovery is the hair pin, which NYC accessories designer Colette Malouf introduced me to. It makes for the easiest, effortless French girl style. Just twist up your hair into a twist and secure the pin in place. That’s really all. Not going to lie, it took me a few times to get the hang of it, but now I’m ready for my upcoming trip to France. I hope.

Try this easy French girl hair style at home—even if you’re not traveling abroad or a Frenchie.

For tips on how to use a hair pin, check out the style video on Colette Malouf’s site.

How To Dress For Weddings & Other Events This Summer

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Tucker dress via Gilt Groupe // Zara shoes and clutch // Gorjana, Moon & Lola, and Margaret Elizabeth and jewerly c/o Rocksbox (use the code lizbff196 for a free month of jewels in your mailbox!) // E. Kammeyer beaded bracelet // Jamberry nail wraps

My fashion motto is that it’s always better to be over-dressed than under-dressed. In fact, someone that’s seen me at many events asked me once, do I even own jeans (answer: yes)? I just would rather look like I have somewhere more important to be after (answer: usually no) than to look like I crashed the party.

More often than not nowadays weddings and other various events label the dress code on the invites, so it shouldn’t be tough to figure out how to be dressed perfectly for the occasion. Even an upcoming wedding for fellow blogger Emily, lists all of the wedding activities along with their dress code on their site. Still, I’ve received multiple emails from the wedding guests about what they should wear and if this or that works for the particular event.

Here’s some tips on how to dress perfectly for the occasion:

  • DO ask the host or other guests what they will be wearing
  • DON’T outshine the host and wear something that may take away attention from them (ie, NOTHING that resembles anything bridal for a wedding or bridal shower)
  • DO find a bargain (like on a site such as Gilt Groupe) if you’re shopping for a dress for an event. There’s no sense in spending $500 on a dress you’ll wear once (unless you think you’ll wear it a lot more!) when you can spend that on a handbag you’ll wear daily!
  • DON’T wear stiletto heels for an outdoor wedding on say, a beach or on grass. You’ll sink into the ground and not only look awkward, but it’s a hazard. Opt for flats, wedges or chunky heels and you can switch back into your party heels if the event moves indoors.
  • DO find a versatile piece that works for a day event that will go into evening. It looks silly showing up to a wedding at 3pm in a sparkly cocktail dress.
  • DON’T forget about the details: the jewelry, the shoes, the bag, which will dress up or down your look.
  • DO take note of the venue and/or name of the event. If it’s a garden party, add a bit of a floral flair into your look. If it’s Moroccan-themed, then opt for something that resembles a caftan. 
  • DON’T get hung up on dressing specifically for the event. Most importantly, dress for you. You’ll be more comfortable, confident and have more fun!

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