3 tips to wear colors like a French Woman

It’s a true fact: most of the French women are rather prudent when it comes to wearing colors.

It’s a strong difference with other countries. It’s a part of the French style DNA. Maybe we should be more bold about it… Maybe not… I tell you why.

 

Mixing colors can be « risky ».

It can be a success

Mixing Colors

But sometimes, with just a little difference,  it’s just not working

 

 

1/ Basic colors for costly pieces

What do we call basic colors? It’s generally neutral colors that you can easily wear whatever the circumstances or the business environment. They are easy to mix with other colors.

The most common are: black, white, beige or camel, dark brown, navy blue, gray.

Then we have dark green, burgundy and red.

Theses colors are usually chosen when we buy costly pieces that we’ll keep for a long time as a coat, a trench, a jacket, a nice pair of shoes, a cashmere sweater, an expensive bag…

They are classics colors,  easy to live with and they stay chic and fashionable years after years…

A lot of nice combinations can be done among them, as:

Dark blue + camel  or Dark blue and burgundy

French women color style

Burgundy and navy blue

Black and gray – Black and beige- Black and dark green

navy + grey

black and beige

 

Black and beige

green + black

Grey and white – Camel and white

Grey+white

French chic

Burgundy and camel

French chic

French Chic

PS: If you want to look more slim, always use the darker color for the bottom

Red and beige – Red and grey

French Chic

French Chic

Even Navy + Black!

French Chic

2/ A touch of unusual color for less expensive pieces or accessories

We can play with more unusual (and trendy) colors when it comes to tops, scarfs, belts, shoes, jeans… anything that we buy for a season or two. These fashionable colors will light up the neutral ones and it will be easy to get rid of them when we’ll get tired of them…

Like this mustard yellow sweater

yellow mustard

or this yellow blouse

mustard yellow

 this pigeon blue top

pigeon blue top

 or these pink trainers…OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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3/ Playing with subtle shades of the same color (a « camaïeu »)

If you want to wear punchy colored outfits, why not playing with the different shades of the same color?

Use a maximum of three different colors.

As this three kinds of blue…

blue

Or for the Summer a nice combination of orange and pink

for summer

orange to pink

Mixing together opposite colors is more difficult. I will talk about it in a next post ;-)

NB: all the pictures are from Pinterest

 

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6 Comments

  1. Thank you do much for the information you share. I love your view on the styles and color. You are inspiring me to a new level of style with all the your emails you send!

    Thank you,

    Teresa

  2. I love this post!! But then I love everything French. In London our style is such a « mish-mash », Parisian style is so much more simple and refined. xx

    • Thank You Emma for this nice comment! I’ve learned a new English word today: « mish-mash »… It sounds a little as a French « mic mac »… ;-)

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