Finding French Style Inspiration

Finding French Style Inspiration

Long-time Distant Francophile readers will know that it has been ages since I shared one of my ‘Finding French Inspiration’ posts.

My reasons for moving away from creating this form of content were many and varied. And they ranged from wanting to provide relevant pieces for newcomers to Distant Francophile through to overthinking what type of articles you might all be interested in.

However, the primary reason for my abandoning the regular inspiration posts was the time I wasted putting them together. I’m sure you don’t need me to let you know that the internet can be one big rabbit hole if you let it. I would sit down to ‘research’ pieces for the posts and then resurface hours later having spent a lovely time reading whatever took my fancy, but not necessarily finding one single thing that might be helpful for the Distant Francophile community.

Finding French Style Inspiration

But just because I didn’t go deliberately looking for it anymore, didn’t mean that I wasn’t paying attention to the different inspiring French bits and pieces that I would find from time to time. And when I came across this RACKED piece thanks to Diane from Oui in FranceI knew I had to share it. Anything that provides links to a whole lot of French girl information, insights into where our obsession with that information comes from and includes gorgeous illustrations is too good to keep to myself. The article also references How To Be Parisianclick here to read my review of that book. And, you can find out where to buy it here.

So, now that I’ve started…

Classic French Style

Dior lovers the world over are being treated at the moment, as the famous fashion house celebrates its 70th anniversary. Unfortunately, I’ll not be able to make it to Christian Dior, Couturier Du Rêve, which is being held at Paris’ Musée des Arts Décoratifs until early next year. However, I will be able to attend the National Gallery of Victoria’s Dior exhibition which is being staged in Melbourne. I am counting down the days until the official opening of the exhibition at the end of August – and I’m sure I am not the only one who just can’t wait.

Pack Like A French Woman

It’s horribly cold in Melbourne at the moment, and I’m feeling awfully jealous of all those people on Instagram who are holidaying somewhere warm. If I was heading poolside I could take some advice from either this piece or from the team at Atelier Doré. For the record, I’m a fan of Eres swimwear (maillots for me, rather than bikinis), K Jacques sandals and Ray-Ban Wayfarer sunglasses (my Dad bought me my first pair when I was just 16 years old), all of which are mentioned in the articles.

And For The Gentlemen

Finally, here is a little French style inspiration for the men in our lives from the fabulous My French Life™. Enjoy!

Have you discovered any French style inspiration recently? If so I’d love for you to share it in the comments section. And if you would like me to bring back the ‘Finding French Inspiration’ pieces more regularly, feel free to let me know. Again, simply post your thoughts in the comments section below.

Until next time – au revoir.


About Janelle

I believe that everyone can bring French elegance and inspiration to their life, no matter where they happen to live in the world. They only need to learn a secret or two to be on their way. When you join the Distant Francophile community, you’ll have access to the secrets that allow you to bring the best of the French lifestyle into your everyday life. I’m talking about things like style advice, recipes and book reviews. And you’ll also receive regular doses of French inspiration, as well as travel and packing tips galore.

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4 thoughts on “Finding French Style Inspiration

  • Rosie Gudonis

    Janelle….love the above photo of you…elegant and shall we say un peu Francais? The cold of Melbourne seems to bring out Victorians inner European style…notice a lot of the dark colours with a little pop of bright. Suggestions for Frencifying up the Melbourne winter attire??? Next weekend is the fabulous French markets in North Melbourne for Bastille Day…..which I consider a wonderful excuse to drink some glorious French wine….paired with a delightful smelly French cheese and perhaps a few macarons at some stage. What do you do for 14th July?

    • Janelle Post author

      Thanks so much for the compliment Rosie – it’s lovely of you to mention the photo. Melbourne’s Bastille Day events just get better and better don’t they? Wine, cheese and little sweet treats – you really can’t go wrong. Normally, we would be joining you, either in the City or in North Melbourne. Year before last, we did one of the ‘official’ lunch functions which was great fun. This year we will be skipping the events due to a milestone birthday in the family which will see us out of Melbourne for the weekend. When it comes to adding a little French flair to your wardrobe this weekend, I’d be considering low, flat boots, slim jeans or pants, a fabulous blazer or coat, and (of course) an excellent scarf. Comfortable and chic – that’s what I’d be aiming for.

  • Diane

    Thanks so much for the credit, Janelle. Really means a lot. People so often share things and never take the 2 seconds to shout out the person who found it. So again, thanks!

    • Janelle Post author

      My pleasure Diane. I think you do an amazing job of sharing all sorts of insightful pieces and there is no way that I would disrespect that by not crediting your effort!!