Are The French More Chic

Are The French More Chic
Seen on my travels at a Brocante in Saint Medard De Mussidan, Bordeaux this spring, this little gentleman  wears a lovely straw boater, a clean button down shirt and a pleasant smile to sell his wares.
In the town of Beaumont at their Brocante/vide-grenier, one gentleman is sporting a classic French driving cap and the other wears a Beret.
Some merchants at the Alameda Antique Faire which I attend when I’m in California. Slightly different attention to detail with their apparel.
The hats worn at California Fea Markets are a little different as well.
Are the French more chic?
What do you think?

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  1. September 8, 2012 / 7:32 am

    I smiled when I read this post as a kiwi living not far from where you took a lot of your photos, Bordeaux is an 1 1/2 hour drive away and Beaumont is not far from our village.

    Last Sunday we visited 6 vide greniers and it was at the last one that a vendor demanded if I was Parisian, I wish I could say that the reason was my accent when speaking French but think that it was the hat that I was wearing….

    Despite living in the country, I love to dress up albeit not as much as when I lived/worked in Sydney, London, New York etc and I sometimes miss the bright lights of the city.

    We recently had some young parisians to stay and they always look effortlessly chic and I think that they are born this way – it is natural instinct for them as it is to eat slowly and not get stressed at the same things that we do.

    I adore living in France as the French continue to surprise me in what they do. Having a French boyfriend has made me realise and appreciate the difference in culture……his world is steeped in history whereas being a kiwi coming from a young country we do not have the history hence we just do it and think after 🙂

    Amicalement, Leeann x

  2. September 4, 2012 / 2:48 am

    ‘Slightly’ different apparel? And I note the Frenchies are all a normal weight whereas the American ones are, shall we say, more robust, and both chowing down, although you could have caught them at lunchtime.

    Sadly in New Zealand we dress very casually and there are pyjama pants sneaking into street wear. Not often, but enough. And the weight is going up and up so that we are becoming a nation of fatties.

    I try to fly the (real or pretend) French flag. I don’t care if people in Paris aren’t fancy anymore, I just make up my own chic inspiration by imagining what my ideal French girl might wear and do and it serves me well.

    Today I did the grocery shopping dressed nicely, scarf, makeup, small amount of jewellery. I felt casual but polished. I also avoided unchic foodstuffs and purchased a plethora of fruit and vegetables, no packaged snack ‘food’.

  3. playingwithscarves
    September 2, 2012 / 11:35 am

    Bonjour Jennifer !
    As a French living in the United States I couldn’t miss this post… Well, I would answer “yes” to your question. BUT, as we all know, not all French people are chic and not all Americans are sloppy (and yes, some French women get fat !!!). When I go to NYC I am always impressed by the number of people beautiful dressed. When I go to the French countryside I am always smiling thinking about the supposedly French chic…Your photos are stronger than words 😉 A bientôt !

    • September 5, 2012 / 4:44 am

      To be chic in the countryside is perhaps the biggest challenge because it seems as though no one will see you! Or so it seems.

  4. September 1, 2012 / 1:51 pm

    I was in Paris earlier this year and was very very disappointed
    by the style on the street.

    I had expected to see beautiful, chic, well dressed women
    but being honest they looked no different to the women
    I see here in Ireland everyday.
    Some were well groomed but most looked like they needed to up their game!

    I think every woman should look after themselves and dress well
    but unfortunately not all do….


  5. August 29, 2012 / 8:09 pm

    The French certainly seem more chic to me, but I think it’s important to note that I have that expectation and see through a lens that might ignore any non-chicness. Having visited fairly often, I also see many, many people who could fit into any North American mall quite well. Head out to the outer arrondissements in Paris, for example, and find quite a different representation than in the central ones, right? That said, there’s obviously a shared core value that the majority have inculcated from a very young age. I love seeing how well little ones dress — and how they live up to their outfits with manners to match.

  6. August 28, 2012 / 10:40 pm

    I’ve not been to France (gasp!) but have travelled abroad a lot and i think almost anywhereis more chic than the States. I hold a real aversion to “typical American” sloppiness in dress. Especially when traveling. How many sweats and/or pajamas do you see at airports in the States? Yikes.

  7. August 28, 2012 / 9:20 pm

    Oh, to be an AMERICAN can be soooooo entertaining at times!We tend to me a bit of a mess……..when we dress!Are you going back to BORDEAUX in the FALL?I will be there the end of September into October for a week……..then on to Florence to see family!

  8. August 28, 2012 / 6:50 pm

    I love going to the Brocantes when I am in France. Yes I think they can be more chic because they think it is very important to take care and time to look the best they can. They tend to dress appropriately for their age and stick to less is more philosophy.

  9. Terri
    August 27, 2012 / 11:45 pm

    Chic, yes. Colorful, no.

  10. vintagefrenchchic
    August 27, 2012 / 9:57 pm

    without a doubt.

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