The Ultimate French Girl Guide For American Girls

ByEmma Zlotowitz Localish logo
Sunday, February 26, 2023

French style has always had a bit of a cult following. Their style and way of life seem to have that... je ne sais quoi. With that being said, here is a list for the Francophile who wish to Frenchify their lives.

1. Stripe Top - $49.50

Stripes are a staple in Paris. Like a Chanel suit, they never go out of style. We suggest pairing it with high-rise jeans, ballet flats, and a bold red lip for a trés chic look.

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2. Veja Sneakers - $175

White sneakers are a classic. It's a versatile show perfect for brunch with friends or running errands. Veja is a French brand focused on saving the environment. Their sneakers are made of organic cotton, wild rubber from the Amazon, and recycled plastic bottles. Wear good, do good!

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3. Caudalie Pore Minimizing Instant Detox Mask - $42

Skincare is crucial to the French. They understand the importance of prepping and priming their skin at a young age. Caudalie has had a cult following for quite some time. The Instant Detox Mask is a fan favorite, cleaning out and tightening pores, giving clearer and brighter skin. This mask is great for anyone with normal, oily, or combination skin.

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4. French Press - $20.39

One of the best things about Paris is its coffee. There's nothing like it. Turn your kitchen a little more French with a French Press. They're user-friendly and make a delicious cup of coffee. Not to mention, they look trés chic on the counter.

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5. Diptyque Candle - $72

These candles are all over Instagram and add an elegant touch to any room. They can be a bit pricey but burn for up to 60 hours. Additionally, you can reuse the glass containers to hold lipsticks and other small tchotchkes. They smell lovely and make beautiful gifts.

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6. How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are - $20.03

This is a fun read on what it means to be Parisian. The authors - four fabulously French women - get real about the Parisian lifestyle and debunk myths about being French. You will take away some valuable and insightful lessons (psst... celebrating flaws is very French!). This also makes a great coffee table book.

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7. Homeoplasmine - $22.99

The holy grail of products. While visiting Paris over the summer, I noticed everyone using this product. Fortunately, it's available on Amazon. It works like magic on dried lips and cracked skin. This is a must-have.

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8. Red Lipstick - $22

The French keep their makeup routines simple but always have bold red lips. Mac's Ruby Woo (pictured below) is a fan favorite and will give you the perfect pout.

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9. Klorane Dry Shampoo - $20

French girls don't wash their hair every day. The undone-done look is the way to go (Vive La Bedhead!). The go-to product - when your hair needs a little zhuzh - is Klorane's Dry Shampoo. It's made with oat milk and is great for all hair types.

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10. Straw Tote - $35.99

Elevate your trip to the Farmers Market with a tote. French women are pro-straw totes. They're durable, functional, and very Instragrammable (throw some fresh flowers and a baguette in there and snap a cute selfie).

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11. Face Mist - $14

This product has been all over Instagram and Pinterest. A little spritz will freshen up your skin and aims to soothe, soften, and calm irritated or dry skin.

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12. French Girl Le Lip Tint - $18

A lip balm and lip tint in one? Yes, please. French Girl Le Lip Tint leaves your lips moisturized with a pop of color. Perfect for those no-makeup-makeup days.

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13. Coco Chanel Noir Eau de Parfum - $122

Every French girl has their signature scent. It's tied to people and memories. From floral to fresh to spicy, the options are endless. Coco Chanel fragrances are arguably the most iconic in France. Not sure the proper way to apply perfume? As Mlle Coco Chanel once said, "Wherever one wants to be kissed." Bisou, bisou!

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