|Not surprisingly, these are the words of Audrey Hepburn.|
The answer: Oui, Yes, Absolument.
The question, please read the letter below and also visit my great, great palUne Femme who is also responding today. (I can’t wait to see what she says.) After the letter, I shall expound. Surely you didn’t think I would leave it at three words? I didn’t think so.
What you have described in your letter to us is a woman who is stylish and confident, a woman who dresses to please herself, to feel good, or, as the French say, a woman who isbien dans sa peau,“at ease with herself, content and comfortable.”
That is what French style is all about. True style and elegance do not depend on the latest fashion trends, au contraire, they are each woman’s individual way to interpret her personality through her vestments.
It definitely sounds like you have found your individual way of dressing.
Trust me, you do not need anyone else’s approval. (I suspect you have their admiration even if they do not tell you.)You must dress first for yourself because if you choose to wear a bright color for example that makes you even slightly uncomfortable — something, anything that’s not you — your confidence will slip slightly. When a woman dresses with style she radiates the subliminal conviction that she respects herself.
Personally, and I think Une Femme and I agree on this, dressing well is a form of good manners, a sort of gift for others. When we make an effort to look the best we can we are, I believe, happier and that too becomes evident.
Remember, Frenchwomen always choose style over trends and shop for quality at the prices they can afford ( or save to afford, or wait for the sales). They embrace their “imperfections” — being unique is far more intriguing than trying to look like someone else — and best of all they accept their age.
They are also diligent and disciplined in taking care of details: great haircut; serious skin care, understated makeup.
Finally, as you know, accessories are where you can experiment, have fun, add whimsey all against the canvas of your stylishly well-designed comfort zone. Maybe your statement necklace which garnered compliments. . .
Bottom line: Every woman’s appearance is a measure of her self-respect.