Parisian Fashion: French Women Remain Timeless, Chic and Elegant

by Kasia Dietz
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Kasia Dietz

Kasia Dietz is a handbag designer and freelance writer from New York, with a passion for art, fashion and travel, who followed her heart to Paris. She also gives bag painting workshops and custom fashion tours. Read all about her life and travels on her blog, Love in the City of Lights. View Kasia Dietz's Website

20 comments on “Parisian Fashion: French Women Remain Timeless, Chic and Elegant

Marie-Anne Lecoeur

That is it! My ebook has been published and is now for sale on Amazon: ‘How to be chic and elegant’. It contains over 200 tips for looking chic and elegant like French women. I hope your readers will enjoy it. Merci x

What’s all this “effortless” stuff??? Being chic is a full-time job! From head to toe, you must attend EVERY day to your body- buffing, polishing, waxing, plucking, moisturising, etc and you must watch your calorie intake. A weight gain of 500g evokes shrieks of horror and dismay, and the guilty party must immediately set to work shedding the unwanted lard. And the unforgivable sin is cellulite- no matter how well hidden it may be, it’s a mortal sin. As it’s considered a disease, it’s dealt with as rigorously as you would deal with the Black Death. Above all, you must master the art of LOOKING casual, when in reality, it’s HARD work, a constant self-monitoring, with no time off for good behaviour- ever!!

Marie-Anne Lecoeur

I am a French woman living in the UK. I hope you don’t mind me posting here but I am about to publish an ebook on How to be Chic and Elegant, Tips from a French Woman. It may interest some of your readers. You can see a little bit about the book at I hope that it will be published very soon.
I love your site,

Love your blog and so much fun
And I love pictures
this blog is the reality about the french women

Bonjour Kasia,

Just dicovered your blog and I love it. Not only because I am French and because your words about French women are very kind and very flattering ! Thank you !!!
I moved to the US some years ago.That’s when I discovered the appealing power of French style. But I hold for sure that what a French woman do, any woman in the world can do it too. The secret is simple: accessorize your outfit, banish sneakers, wear a silk scarf. Sounds like a cliché but it’s incredibly true.
Good luck for your blog,

A bientôt j’espère,

Karla, I’ve been agonizing how to do that messy knot!! (obviously defeating the purpose I know). A 10 year old boy I tutor here in Paris didn’t believe me when we were talking about our daily routines and how I had showered that morning… because my hair was so messy he said, bad messy. Bah.

Black is the New Black

gorgeous! thanks for posting!

Thank you all for sharing your thoughts on what makes Parisian women so naturally stylish! And for enjoying the post 🙂

This effortlessly chic look must indeed have something to do with an ingrained confidence inherited from a French mother (as one gal reveals!)

And yes, ‘A mastery of the simple’.


Love your blog and so much fun. Confidence. French girls are taught confidence from their mothers. I had a french mother, trust me 🙂

Bonjour! We are staying at the Monceau apt in April. We lived for two years near there and my husband is looking forward to going to his favorite markets and having some friends over for dinner.
I think I picked up the French style when we were there as French people always asked me for directions. Of course, I guess I looked like a local with my dog–a good French accessory. 🙂
Mary Ann

Agreed! Even when they tie their hair in a messy knot on their head it looks stylish – where mine just looks like it needs to be washed.

I think maybe the point is that they are NOT trying- Trying to be effortlessly chic is defeating the purpose.

Great post though. Always love reading about Paris chic!

Christine Hueber

Love the pictures and your insights … merci!

Christine Hueber

Merci encore for including some of my pics in this lovely post! I’m always so honored 🙂 Big hugs xoxo Camille @ Paris in Pink

The best art is often a mastery of the simple. Although I think Parisian girls get a bit obsessed with trends, they are very adept at mastering he simple, timeless classics.

I’ve been trying to channel the Parisian women for years…they do know how to be effortlessly chic!

French women are incredible and you are 100% right they always look SO chic. Alas I think it something you have to be born with. Personally I always feel like a scruffy Australian in Paris!!

Well put, Kasia! I’m still trying to master their effortless style. But it remains sadly elusive…

I want that blue and white dress!!!! So gorgeous with the red. Oh my! Where can I find it?

I love your parisian blog !!!

Happy City

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