The seductive allure of French women is tout à fait (altogether) legendary. What’s their secret? Like all things highly appealing, a good recipe is important to achieve delectable results. Today I’m revealing three essential elements of this “recette française” (French recipe) that, when combined, conjure up a bit of magic. They are (1) Le Parfum (Perfume), (2) La Lingerie and (3) Le Foulard (The Scarf).
Of course, American women are also familiar with these ingredients, however most tend to view them as “extras” for special occasions. Mais non! (But no!) For French women, they are considered everyday essentials.
Here’s how this trio of ingredients work their magic:
- La Lingerie. The French woman’s secret to lingerie is simple: she makes it a priority. Her daily lingerie is the foundation of her outfit, and essential to feeling good in her skin. A French woman invests in beautiful, good quality underpinnings not just to please a man (though she is certainly familiar with these methods of seduction), but to treat her most intimate curves to the very best.
- Le Parfum. Fragrance is as essential to a French woman’s daily routine as her morning café. After a spritz of perfume, she ensues upon her day with a soft halo of fragrance that makes a quiet statement that is uniquely her own… and sinfully sensual. Perfume can be so mysterious and intriguing, leaving a seductive air that lingers in her wake. Most French women have what I call a “fragrance wardrobe” with at least two or three perfumes for different occasions: summer, daytime, evening/seduction… Check out How to Wear Perfume Like A French Woman.
- Le Foulard (the Scarf). There is something about this single piece of clothing that instantly stylizes an outfit and radiates an air of confidence (check out 6 Chic Ways to Wear a Scarf). Try wearing a scarf every day for a week or two and you’re likely to understand its universal appeal. You can feel ultra-cozy in plush cashmere, sophisticated in silk, or flirty in a bold print. Before you know it, your neck will feel naked without the soft kiss of a scarf against your skin.
The discreet star power of French women is much more than a simple “je ne sais quoi” (elusive quality). These three items are woven into the very fabric of French women’s daily lives and add up to a total image of that elusive allure and “bien dans sa peau” (confidence, feeling good in your skin) that French women exude so effortlessly.