French Style


Is It Time To Update Your Style?

I’m always so pleased when I receive emails from Distant Francophile readers. It’s always fascinating to learn about the style challenges that women face day-to-day. (And for the record, I’ll always love receiving emails about France too.) When it comes to style though, one of the most common concerns facing women seems to be getting […]

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Style Lessons

Five Style Lessons I Wish I’d Learned Sooner

I was reflecting on my personal style journey recently. Safe to say that it’s been a pretty wild ride. I was always interested in style. As a child I wanted to be a fashion designer ‘when I grew up’. I remember going through reams of paper while I was attempting to come up with spectacular […]


Shoes – A Style Superhero

You all knew that, one day, I’d return to the topic of shoes. It simply had to happen. In fact, it honestly surprises me that it has taken me so long to get around to writing about footwear again. Why? Because shoes are hands down my style superhero. The right shoes have saved me from […]

It's all about the shoes. Wear your ballet flats and bring a little French style to your day

Style and confidence

The Link Between Style And Confidence

The topic of women’s confidence has been popping up everywhere in my life lately. Blog posts and book reviews landing in my inbox. Conversations with women, both at work and in social situations. And the clincher, the example that really grabbed my attention? The interview I did less than a fortnight ago with a big […]


We’re Going There. Body Shape And The Perfect Fit.

Recently, I’ve been delving deep into all things style related here on Distant Francophile. These pieces have been inspired by the emails I receive each and every day from readers keen share their style triumphs and challenges.  Naturally – me being me – I’ve tried to include a touch of French flavour to the posts […]

Body Shape and the Perfect Fit

French Style Icons

French Style Icons And How We Can Learn From Them

Do you have a style icon? Someone whose way of dressing informs and inspires your own style? Someone you wish you could be when you (finally) grow up? Identifying style icons can really help you to develop your own style. Taking inspiration from looks you admire can assist you to build a wardrobe you love. […]


Four Reasons It Can Be Hard To Update Your Wardrobe

  “Our clothes truly do more than just clothe us”. This was the final line in an email I received from a Distant Francophile reader. And it stopped me in my tracks. In just nine words, this lovely reader perfectly articulated the thoughts that had been swirling around in my head for ages. You see, […]

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The Perfect Handbag

Five Key Elements Of The Perfect Handbag

I guess it’s no surprise how much women love handbags (or purses as our friends in the U.S. sometimes call them). We tend to carry one almost everywhere. And they often contain not only our daily essentials but our precious memories too. It is not lost on me that France has produced some of the […]


French Inspired Tips For Creating A Wardrobe You Love

One thing French women appear to have the ability to do time and time again is create a wardrobe that makes chic dressing look effortless.  From skinny jeans, via perfect little black dresses to nonchalantly tied trench coats, their wardrobes seem filled with items that communicate two of my very favourite ‘E” words – elegance […]

Creating a wardrobe you love

Style Made Easy - The Parisian Palette

Style Made Easy – The Parisian Palette

    One of the many things I love about Paris is her colour scheme. Wherever you look, whether from street level or above, you’ll see consistent colours. Beautiful hues. The neutral sort. There is no doubt about it – charcoals, mid-greys, slate blues, russets, taupes and sands dominate your view. These colours are everywhere […]


Finding French Style Inspiration In December

    Happy December to you! Yep, that’s right. It is December already. And if you’re anything like me, you’ll be super excited. Dressing up for parties, fun with family and friends, twinkling lights, presents and all that yummy food. Seriously, what’s not to love about December? With the festive season firmly in the front […]

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Choose Your Jewellery Like A French Woman

How To Choose Your Jewellery Like A French Woman

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 […]


My Latest French Pharmacy Finds

Forget the Louvre. Ditch Notre Dame. And scrap the Eiffel Tower. If there is only one destination you visit while you are in Paris, it should be a pharmacy. French pharmacies are renowned the world over for the wealth of skincare lotions and potions that can be found just below a flashing green cross. On […]

French Pharmacy Finds

Investing in a coat

My Top Tips For Investing In A Coat

When it comes to looking stylish, there’s a lot to be said for a good coat. We’ve just spent most of October in France. And while the weather was quite warm when we first landed and during our time in the South, it has cooled down markedly now that we are heading for home. As […]


Not Even The French Can Be Cool All The Time

We were there the day the cows came home. If you want the sentence above to make sense, I’m going to have to give you a little context. Just recently, we spent a week in Annecy, a large city in France’s Haute-Savoie region which is located in the east of the country. Annecy is well […]

Not Even The French Can Be Cool All The Time