At the moment, it seems there is no group of women who spark curiosity and serve as a source of inspiration quite like the French. From the dresses they wear to their take on easy dressing, we can't deny that there's inspiration abound. And while we've talked to our Parisian peers about what they do wear, we're equally curious about the things they don't.
So we tapped Melanie Viallon to offer a little insight. Viallon is the chief creative officer of Les Lunes, a French brand with offices in both Paris and San Francisco, so she has first-person insight into the things Americans wear that the French just don't.
"Keeping some mystery is very French," Viallon notes. "A great tip we have in France is to always keep at least one thing that will differentiate ourselves from each other."
Below, she highlights three major differences between U.S. fashion and that across the pond. And while we know that not every French woman fits that je ne sais quoi stereotype, we think you'll find Viallon's insights enlightening.
Read on for three things a French woman wishes Americans would stop wearing, and then shop pieces to get the French look.
#1: Overt Accessories
"As any Parisian girl would, I just love to style with subtle details that pull people in. It is great to get noticed and attract the attention, to use those details as a hook. But it has to be subtle enough to get people curious to know more about me. If this hook is too obvious or too prominent, the accessories get the entire attention instead of the person."
#2: the Same Uniform
"I noticed that Americans living the same lifestyle tend to adopt the same outfit, the same look. Every morning in San Francisco, I see women on the sidewalks wearing the same sneakers, leggings, and crop tops, with the same haircuts. When a group of people starts to all look the same, we stop noticing individuals and only see the crowd."
#3: Over-the-Top Clothing
"I've noticed how Americans love shiny, large details and sequins. And it is beautiful! But it moves the curiosity to the object instead of the person. We love to play with layers and never go out without a scarf. Hints of lace are the best actors to play the mystery game with."
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