French women are almost a mythical creature at this point. So many people around the world idolize them and put them on the pedestal for their effortless beauty, grace, style, charm, whatever else you might think of. But what is it that actually makes them so admirable? What makes a French woman and is it actually about their nationality, culture or citizenship? Or is it just about their state of being, their morals, their values? Let’s take a look at some lessons in the art of being a French woman.
1. Being In The Moment
French women are known for enjoying the little things in life and treating them as equally important. Be it a really good cup of coffee, or the perfect red lipstick, a lunch break or a soiree with friends and wine, French women take the time to enjoy these things, and they don’t rush. Work can wait, you have to enjoy every minute of your life and live it to the fullest. Most of us take these things for granted and often don’t stop and enjoy it, but French women know better.
2. Sensuality Is Key
Sensuality is all about getting pleasure from everything you do, and French women take this seriously. They get the best silk dresses and the most beautiful lingerie not because it’s trendy, but because it gives them pleasure to look good and feel beautiful. That’s how they approach their intimate life as well, which is why you probably heard so many stories about how passionate french women are.
3. Confidence Is Sexy
When you think of that archetype of a French woman you don’t really imagine her as a shy, quiet girl do you? She’s always confident and knows exactly what she wants. She doesn’t care if she stands out in a room, she came to conquer and if you weren’t ready for that – that’s your problem, not hers. Confidence is definitely one of the most important things, they are way more interested in being unapologetically themselves instead of a copy of someone else.
4. Enjoy Your Food
Many books on being French talk about how French women enjoy food. They do have three meals a day, but they make sure to actually make time for it and actually enjoy it, ideally in a social setting with friends or family. French women don’t care for snacking on the go or rushing to get their lunch in before their break ends. Meals are socialising and getting pleasure from the food you eat.
5. Age Doesn’t Scare Them
French women don’t really care about age and getting old doesn’t scare them like it does many other women around the world. They don’t really worry about turning 30 or 40, they just take care of themselves throughout their life. There has actually been a study that asked women what do they think it means to be old, and many of them said that they think being old starts in your 80s. So they don’t try to stay looking 20 forever, they just age gracefully. For French women looking good is all about attitude and age is but a number.
6. Quality Over Quantity
French women care about quality a lot. They would rather have one thing that’s the best than 5 that are just ok. And this is something they implement into every part of their life, from their makeup and perfume choices to the clothes they wear, to the things they have at home. They just like the feel of quality and luxurious things and when you have a perfect red lipstick you don’t really need a whole range of them do you?
7. In Love With Love
French women care way more about feeling in love that they do about the practicalities of marriage or making a long term relationship work. They don’t worry much about staying with someone they’re falling out of love with. They move on to their next love interest without the feeling of guilt, because being in love is important to them, and there’s no point in staying with someone once you’ve lost that feeling.
8. Style Is Always Personal
French women don’t really worry about trends, they look for things that suit them specifically and make them feel beautiful. They also don’t really try to look the same as everyone else, they don’t hide their imperfections, they embrace what makes them unique. They also don’t try to stand out too much, it’s all about being effortless.