What I Learned About Style After Living in France

Paris is the fashion capital of the world, walking through its marvelous streets it’s impossible not to notice that Parisians are amongst the most fashionable people in the world. But what does that mean about France as a country? Does the Parisian reputation applies to all cities? After living in the north of France for a year I was affected by the French style, not just the Parisian.

What I learned about style after living in France

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’ve noticed that after few months of living in France my personal style has evolved. I got to absorb the culture, and slowly it affected my fashion choices as well. I developed a unique style that was a mixture of my previous life living in a warm country, and my current life in France. I know it sounds like a cliche, but it was kind of like “when in Rome, do as the Romans do” only subconsciously at the time.

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I was sitting in cute outdoor cafes, watching women walking by and observed their style choices. I later went shopping in the quest for the items that I saw and liked. For example, I grew fond of T-shirts with cute French words printed on it, everything leather, hats, and coats with fur collars. I absorbed the french culture, the language, the customs, and the style.

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So what did I learn about style after living in France?

  • In France, shopping is a part of the leisure activities. Every weekend the shopping centers and the shopping streets are packed with shoppers who don’t miss any sales.
  • Even at the coldest weather, French women invest in their outfits. While I was struggling, they managed to pull off being warm and looking fashionable at the same time.
  • Clothes with French words printed on them are a big hit.
  • The French prefer buying one quality item rather than five cheap ones.
  • Galleries Lafayette is not just for shoppers with big budget.
  • Matchy lingerie are a must.
  • Style evolves, and as people change so do their personal style.
  • Style can depend on your mood, not just the weather and the occasion.
  • Fashion inspiration exists on the streets, in the park, or even on the subway.
  • It’s not just about the clothes, it’s about the environment, the vibe, the beautiful buildings.

 

What do you think about my style evolution?

Please feel free to share your opinions in the comments below.

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67 Comments

    • Fashion Matters
      July 26, 2015 / 1:38 PM

      thank you, you too ๐Ÿ™‚

  1. July 25, 2015 / 5:38 PM

    Nice post! I absolutely agree that when you move to a different city, your style evolves and adjusts itself to your new surroundings.

    xo Xenia
    Xenia’s Boudoir

    • Fashion Matters
      July 26, 2015 / 1:39 PM

      It really is. I can’t deny.

      ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Fashion Matters
      July 26, 2015 / 1:39 PM

      It was fantastic, you should at least visit France.

  2. July 26, 2015 / 1:43 AM

    The French do invest in their clothing and don’t buy into cheap clothes that get worn out easily! Great post!

    Heba xx || The Heba

    • Fashion Matters
      July 26, 2015 / 1:39 PM

      Yeah I should do the same..

  3. July 26, 2015 / 2:01 AM

    I agree with quality over quantity, best fashion advice ever.
    Wow, lucky you, I want to go to France soon!

    besos,
    M
    The Flower Duet

    • Fashion Matters
      July 26, 2015 / 1:40 PM

      It is a really good advice we should all adopt.

    • Fashion Matters
      July 26, 2015 / 9:59 PM

      So do you ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. July 26, 2015 / 6:59 AM

    Love your style and I love this post. So very true when in Rome do what the Romans do.
    My blog: RumelaTheShopaholic

    • Fashion Matters
      July 26, 2015 / 1:40 PM

      thank you!

  5. July 26, 2015 / 9:43 AM

    I think we always adjust to the local culture when we’re in a different country. Although I didn’t think that someones style would change. So this was an interesting read! I really want to see Galleries Lafayette, by the way. I’ve never been there before.

    xx Izzy | Qthee

    • Fashion Matters
      July 26, 2015 / 1:42 PM

      Style changes with time for everyone I would say, even when you don’t change your environment.

      and you should really go!

      thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Janneke (@daisypersonblog)
    July 26, 2015 / 11:13 AM

    Not only is the country beautiful but their people too! So lucky ๐Ÿ™‚

    DAISYPERSON | BEAUTY BLOG

    • Fashion Matters
      July 26, 2015 / 1:43 PM

      I agree.

    • Fashion Matters
      July 26, 2015 / 1:43 PM

      thank you!

    • Fashion Matters
      July 26, 2015 / 1:44 PM

      Thank you!

  7. July 26, 2015 / 3:56 PM

    Wow you learned a lot. I love the French style!

    xx

    • Fashion Matters
      July 27, 2015 / 10:45 AM

      So do I ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Fashion Matters
      July 27, 2015 / 10:46 AM

      it really is, cheap items don’t last.

    • Fashion Matters
      July 27, 2015 / 10:46 AM

      Glad you liked it ๐Ÿ˜‰

  8. July 27, 2015 / 1:37 AM

    When I was in Paris it was all about big male boots. I never fell for that trend but I did love having the trends in the store as soon as they were out. Another staple of parisian style: scarves. All year long girls wore the most magnificent scarves.

    Natalia
    http://www.lindifique.com

    • Fashion Matters
      July 27, 2015 / 10:47 AM

      Absolutely true, but I didn’t live in Paris so it wasn’t quite the same trends.

  9. Amy Ann
    July 27, 2015 / 1:47 AM

    Cool post. I’ve never been, so it is neat to learn from you!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

    • Fashion Matters
      July 27, 2015 / 10:47 AM

      you should visit one day ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Fashion Matters
      July 27, 2015 / 10:48 AM

      thank you so much!

  10. July 27, 2015 / 2:14 AM

    I am always so impressed with how French women look effortlessly chic and still warm when it is 10 degrees outside!
    Dresses & Denim

    • Fashion Matters
      July 27, 2015 / 10:48 AM

      those were exactly my thoughts ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. July 27, 2015 / 3:21 AM

    What a great post! I also lived in France for about a year a few years back, and I absolutely loved people watching and seeing everyone’s amazing outfits!

    lifeisashoe

    • Fashion Matters
      July 27, 2015 / 10:49 AM

      really? where in france? that is so cool!

  12. July 27, 2015 / 11:28 AM

    I have been in Paris a few times and I completely agree with everything you wrote! It’s great tht you had the chance to get absorbed in such a beautiful culture ๐Ÿ™‚

    xoxo

  13. Tash
    July 27, 2015 / 1:12 PM

    Your outfits look so great, I love learning new things about fashion ๐Ÿ™‚

    RedLip&Love

  14. July 27, 2015 / 2:08 PM

    tres chic! you look so lovely. France has been clearly a positive influence on you fashion-wise ๐Ÿ™‚

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

  15. July 27, 2015 / 2:09 PM

    tres chic! you look so lovely. France has been clearly a positive influence on you fashion-wise ๐Ÿ™‚

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

  16. July 27, 2015 / 2:09 PM

    tres chic! you look so lovely. France has been clearly a positive influence on you fashion-wise ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. Gabrielle
    July 27, 2015 / 3:03 PM

    Well, I certainly love your personal style so living in France treated you well! I’m so suprised Parisian women enjoy wearing French motifs on their clothing, I wouldn’t have guessed that.. though on the other hand, I knew they invested in luxury items/accessories as opposed to numerous inexpensive items. What an interesting post, thanks for sharing! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice

    x

  18. Inรชs Graรงa
    August 1, 2015 / 12:49 PM

    I love the last outfit!

    xx,
    Miss Grace

  19. August 2, 2015 / 9:30 AM

    It has been really nice to read this blog and know more about fashion in other cities. Also you have a lovely style ๐Ÿ™‚

    Have a nice day.

    http://www.aishettina.blogspot.it

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  24. November 12, 2015 / 1:35 AM

    Oh great post! How exciting to have lived there. You seem to travel a lot that must be nice. And yes they are all about quality over quantity, something that I myself have adopted over the years.

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