French Street Fashion - Global Trendsetters
French street fashion truly deserves its reputation for leading the world in style, elegance, and eye-catching clothes and accessories. Walk down any main boulevard or cobbled back road in Paris, and it will soon become apparent to you.
The French seem to have an innate sense of style, and even if people wear clothes which are not to your personal taste, you can't help but be impressed by the seemingly effortless confidence and grace with which they wear them.
Paris fashion week may be the twice annual highlight of the world of high fashion, but everyday, no matter what the season, the streets themselves act as catwalks on which to show off the latest trends and daring combinations which quickly catch on elsewhere.
Since the elegant flaneurs of the 19th century decided to announce what we now know as the gentleman's suit to be the correct attire for the man about town, Parisian men have stuck to the classics, and wear them well. With fine materials, well tailored cuts and lines, the typical Parisian gentleman always strives to display style no matter what the occasion may be.
Parisian tailoring is amongst the finest in the world, and few countries have men who seem care about their appearance as much as France. Even the younger generation know what's in and what's out, and the influence of Parisian tradition alongside multicultural styles has created a much imitated blend of bohemian chic with vivid colours loved by young Frenchmen.
The Women Of France And Their Style
However, it is the women of France who really turn heads wherever they go. For the French women, craftsmanship, individuality and sophistication is the order of the day, every single day. Paris particularly has become known as something of a hub and a trendsetter for women's French street fashion, and it is clear to see the influence it has had on the rest of the world.
It seems as though French women care deeply about high quality materials and accurate fitting to ensure a dramatic silhouette, and often they wear highly sophisticated clothes in quite a haphazard or unusual way, yet still manage to look fantastic.
High fashion designers such as Chanel, Gautier and many others have clearly had a huge influence on women's French street fashion, and you can see this influence in some of the combinations of clothes which French women love to wear.
Elegantly tailored dress coats, matched with a t-shirt and jeans, a little black dress set off with scarves, hats and bohemian jewelry – nothing is impossible for French women, so long as you wear it with that wonderfully Gallic confidence and attitude.