There are days when I feel like I’m a bit of a stalker.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m not following people home or setting myself up outside their workplaces, binoculars in hand. But I do engage in an awful lot of people watching.
On our most recent trip to France, I set myself the assignment of confirming what I’d read about the French woman’s jewellery choices.
You see, everything I’d researched about French women’s jewellery pointed to the fact that it was usually delicate, understated and low key. And my latest round of people watching confirmed that this is indeed the case.
No matter where we travelled in France, I really didn’t see an abundance of what I would describe as dramatic, creative or costume jewellery. But I did see plenty of delicate chains and small stud earrings, together with classic watches. Interestingly, silver bangles were also prevalent – but only when all other accessories were silver. I didn’t witness much in the way of mixed metals.
A review of the jewellery counters in the ‘Grands Magasins’ also supported the argument that delicately crafted items are popular in France. Case after case of dainty rings, bracelets and chains sealed the deal.
When you think about it, this French affinity with fine, light jewellery makes sense. This style of jewellery complements their often slender body shapes and bone structure. And it fits perfectly with their refined signature style, which regularly includes a scarf. A scarf almost instantly eliminates the need for statement necklaces and earrings.
Now I’m going to call it out. This look is not going to be for everyone. Some would find it just plain boring to wear this look day-in, day-out. Equally, many women love bold, colourful accessories and a dramatic necklace or earrings can really take an outfit to another level. But if you are keen to choose your jewellery with the confidence and style of a French woman – then read on.
How To Choose Your Jewellery Like A French Woman
- Make a decision between yellow gold, rose gold or white gold/silver. You may decide based on personal preference or perhaps you would prefer to consider your skin tone in making your choice. In general, the ‘golds’ complement warm skin tones, while the ‘silvers’ suit those with cooler toned colouring.
- Consider your bone structure. For example, if you happen to be petite, you might choose particularly delicate pieces. Those of us who are bigger boned have the option to go for more substantial pieces.
- Don’t be afraid to select jewellery with personality. Wearing delicate jewellery doesn’t have to be boring. Precious and semi-precious stones add colour and charms or metal work can contribute movement.
- Opt for studs when it comes to earrings. Think pearls or diamonds (real or faux). Or perhaps go with interesting shapes. Just keep their size in line with the delicacy of the rest of your jewellery.
- Choose pieces that you really love. Given how regularly you will be wearing this jewellery, it really helps to adore it. You are better to wait and find the perfect piece for you rather than picking up something that is ‘just OK’.
- Don’t be tricked into thinking that ‘fine’ jewellery has to be mega expensive. There are many affordable pieces out there when you keep an open mind and you are prepared to go looking.
Are you – like French women – a fan of delicate jewellery? Perhaps you prefer something more striking. Or maybe you are like one incredibly stylish woman in my life who manages to beautifully combine delicate gold jewellery with bold necklaces. Either way, I’d love for you to share your thoughts on this topic in the comments section below.
And until next time – au revoir.
P.S. For more French style jewellery tips, make sure you check out this post.
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