American vs. French-Girl Style: What’s the difference?!

Ah, French-girl style. If we had a croissant for every time there has been an article turned dissertation written about the nuances between French and American women, well, let’s just say no one would be mistaking us for French. And while the subject may often turn to the symbolic appeal of a marinière or whether or not Caroline de Maigret washes her hair with any real frequency, the complex breakdown between French-girl anything and American-girl proclivities remains a hot topic.

The nation’s street style stars always look so effortlessly elegant, and the je ne sais quoi factor is real—how do they make skinny jeans and a T-shirt look like the world’s most fashionable outfit? To shed some light on French style secrets, we connected with Vouge In Vines founder Hannah Harden to find out what she’s identified as key differences between American style and that of her countrywomen. Her recent Parisian excursion should help us fill in any grey areas between the two styles.

For starters, “French women buy less, but spend more on fashion,” Hannah explains. “We have so much opportunity in the US to discover and purchase merchandise, that we often purchase without truly needing or wanting something” French fashion has a history associated with quality and wealth, causing French women spend more money on staple pieces.”

Fast fashion is very big in the U.S., but in France investment shopping is a way of life. French girls are masterful at mixing high and low, while many Americans shop with a quantity-over-quality mindset, mining bargain shops for frequent wardrobe injections.

So, which of the two archetypes possess the greatest desire to keep up with the trends? If you ask the fashion blogger, who recently lived as a Parisian for a day, she’ll explain how American culture is more trend influenced because our identity as a country is so diverse. “We are a true melting pot of different cultures, styles, and aesthetics. We can be easily influenced by all the different trends being thrown at us!”

During her time in France, Hannah also found that that French women are more subtle with their statement pieces. American women are more favorable of large jewelry and embellishments, while Frenchies like to keep it simple. The American push to keep up with brand-new trends means that we’re more likely to spend less on our accessories; well-aware that we’ll likely want a replacement within 12 months.

Not to mention, Hannah found Purse life in Paris rather impressive! “A large distinction I noticed between French and American women’s purse choices is that French women tend to choose more neutral and subtle colors in their purses, leaning towards mid-size handbags with a boxier shape,” she says. “American women seem to favor brighter colors, unique shapes, and a more diverse size range.”

And since French girls tend to spend a bit more on their bags, they also tend to have less. American women tend to buy bags in an array of sizes and have the ultimate bag wardrobe, with a different one for every occasion. Overall, Hannah finds French women to be more detail oriented in their every-day fashion. “Americans tend to dress down for their daily outfit, while French women always look very presentable, sophisticated and put together all the time!”

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Why luxury brands still aren’t embracing sustainable fashion

Designer Eileen Fisher made an eight-year commitment to sustainable fashion four years ago, after having “an epiphany about the earth” and her responsibility as the owner of her own company. In the years since, the brand has been vocal about these efforts.

“We made a commitment that, by the year 2020, we would eliminate our top volume fabric, viscose,” said Amy Hall, director of sustainable consciousness at Eileen Fisher. “The only thing was, we didn’t know how to do that then.”

During the WGSN Futures conference on November 10, Hall said that pushing Eileen Fisher’s brand to become more sustainable meant figuring things out along the way. Eileen Fisher has always been upfront about this journey, choosing to call itself “sustainably conscious,” not sustainable, because it’s still putting out waste into the world. The company lists the factories it works with and the fabrics it uses, plus it lists plans for future innovations. This month, it will launch Remade, a recycled line of clothing made from past designs that customers donated back to the brand rather than discarding. A dress in the collection, for instance, could be comprised of three pairs of used pants.

Right now, transparency in fashion is trendy. As they figure out the future of sustainability in retail, startup retail disruptors like Everlane and American Giant lay bare their pricing models and supply chain partners in an attempt to rope in conscious customers and keep them along for the ride. Mass companies like H&M, Zara and Gap Inc. have adopted similar habits in order to do the same; for fast fashion brands, speaking out about transparency and sustainability helps keep protesters at bay.

Among luxury brands, though, there’s some hesitancy to display company practices when it comes to sustainability and transparency. Hall spoke to an experience a member of her team had with her counterpart at a British brand, which Hall wouldn’t name specifically.

“We asked the counterpart if the cotton they used was organic, and she said no,” said Hall. “She said even if it was, we wouldn’t say, because organic doesn’t sell in the luxury market. To us, that’s a call to action.”

Hall said that this mindset emphasizes the idea that sustain-ably made clothing has to be, above all, good product. But she pressed that brands have a responsibility to educate and engage customers on sustainable measures so that they can take further action as individuals.

Marco Lucietti, the global marketing director of Isko Textile, said that sustainable brands can’t “force-feed people with what they’ve done.” Instead, they should just make commitments and stand by them. Sustainability in fashion can still carry the mindset of burlap, rather than luxury.

“People have a conception about what sustainable means in fashion,” said Marco Lucietti, global marketing director of Isko Textile. “But it’s not granola, hippy shit.”

Lucietti said that, as customers grow accustomed to brands being more transparent about their supply chains and efforts to improve workers’ rights and the environmental impact of production, this mindset will shift, both of the consumer and of the legacy brands.

On the factory level, the shift has already begun to take place. Jag Gill, founder of Sundar, a digital materials sourcing platform, said that most brands, even high-end ones, are beginning to open up their factory lists in order to find ones with cleaner supply chains.


When decorating your home, one sure thing which comes to mind, with regards to furniture style is, French furniture. The choice of Homes Direct 365`s French furniture as primal furniture style goes back again towards the seventeenth century, possibly beforehand. You can truly find a lot of restored “shabby chic” furniture outline styles that touched base in the seventeenth, eighteenth and nineteenth century. However, one thing should be kept in mind, you don’t have to be French to have French furniture in your home, it all depends upon your mood and taste. But, rest assured investing in French furniture will be a healthy experience for your home.

French Antique furniture things are re upholstered to achieve a dainty however with a sophisticated and refined look to them.

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The French quintessential furniture effect is created of wood. It consists of various furniture artifacts many of which are a very popular choice of furniture for bedrooms and your living area. In this furniture style, the item might be a reflected bedside table, a dressing table, perspective table or maybe a dining table. Wood is almost always coordinated in it. This truly is not just a simple sort of wood. French-style furniture for the most part tends to make use of sturdy hardwood which will last for a long time. You can never go wrong trusting French furniture as a furniture of choice for decorating your home.

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French country furniture can likewise be portrayed by its complex bends. For instance, a parlor couch may have wood outline with unpredictable bends on its armrest, backrest and feet. The standard French piece of furniture isn’t utilitarian in its design. It for the most part figures out how to awe with its mind boggling, decorated particulars.

Also, the upholstery is made to rouse wonderment. Manufacturers use material supplies with emblazoned prints or with smooth prints intended to give the effect of extravagance and flourishing.


Some of the advantages of French furniture are:

It’s easy to work with this specific sort of furniture

The great thing about French country furniture is the way that it is to a great degree easy to work with. On the occasions you don’t have any outline motivation, quite recently investigating the sort of these furniture sets can give you an idea on how you might want your space to wind up being distinctly designed. Furthermore, they’re easy to be incorporated into the home. You’ll have an easy time hunting down drapes, perspective tables, glass vases or blossoms which will work together with your table. In the event you choose an antique bedside table, you’ll find it easy to find an indistinguishable sleeping pad or bedding disperse.


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The French sort of furniture goes in any space.

Antique bedside tables go well inside your bed room of course. That sentimental looking long eating table goes so well inside your traditional eating space environment. You may likewise find a combination of parlor sofas and footrests inspired by French furniture. It’s easy to create a unique idea inside your whole home. Homes Direct 365 French Furniture might be custom-made for a wide range of furniture, and in this way can coordinate into any from the rooms inside your home without trouble.

Fundamentally, French antique style furniture is ideal for each traditional and contemporary home. They’re undemanding, they summon a sentiment quietness and bid inside the space that can’t be refined by considerably more contemporary styles of furniture. They’re also down to earth, intense, and beautiful, the consequences of numerous times of refinement.

Bunches of people may assume this sort of furniture seems much better inside a young lady’s space or maybe a home possessed by a woman. Be that as it may, this furniture can fit any gender and its style is truly amazingly versatile. Simply for its darker shades of wood and texture and furthermore you could make it work inside a space for men.

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Shabby Chic and French Furniture Upholstery Fabrics

French furniture is known for being charming and elegant. The upholstery fabric used in it is intricate, easy to live with and it exudes comfort while simultaneously oozing in character and style. Shabby chic or vintage chic furniture creates a style that can work in nearly any room. It too creates a soft and laid back feel in the home.

These fabrics now have to be much safer for homes and regulations for this have been listed here > European Fire Standards

Both French furniture and shabby chic furniture are made with vintage fabrics, some of which date back to the 17th and 18th centuries. These fabrics accentuate and complement the quality wood products used to create the furniture. Both looks are achieved using the different types of fabric listed below:

1. Toile de jouy

This fabric is made of linen and is the canvas material. It features vintage floral patterns and faded leaf prints. It is a signature French furniture fabric characterized with repeating patterns that portray simplicity. Since it’s made of linen, it’s a strong material with inherent woven fibres in its yarn. It absorbs dye incredibly well and so it’s the best print fabric for French and shabby chic furniture.


  1. Jacquard
    It shares a name with the machine used to make it, the Jacquard machine. It’s a special type of fabric invented in 1804 by Joseph Marie Jacquard, who was inspired by the earlier inventions of Frenchmen from the 18th Century. It’s one of those fabrics that is unique because of how it’s made. It features a raised pattern woven into the fabric instead of printed on it to give it a classic vintage look. It usually comes in 3 popular designs: geometrics, florals, and damasks and it drapes very well making it an excellent furniture cover.


  1. Corduroy

    This fabric though used for trousers, shirts, and jackets is also a great upholstery fabric. It is made up of twisted fibres that lie parallel when woven. Some people believe that the name came from the French word ‘corde du roi’ meaning ‘cord of the king’ but others believe it originated from England. It is a great upholstery fabric because its texture features a channel between its tufts making it less slippery than most regular fabrics. In fact, it’s considered a rigged version of the velvet fabric.


  1. Twill

    Twill fabric is made from a type of textile weave with parallel diagonal ribs. The characteristic diagonal pattern of the twill fabric is as a result of passing the weft thread over one or two warp threads, followed by passing it under two or more warp threads. The process involves leaving an offset between the rows. This method of weaving creates a fabric with a front and back. The front is more durable and attractive than the other side and thus creates an incredible and classic design for French and shabby chic furniture.


  1. Brocade

    This is one of the most richly decorated fabrics made with silks and sometimes gold and silver threads. It’s a great fabric for fine French furniture upholstery. It is woven using a technique called supplementary weft. This means that it is woven be adding another non-structural weft to the standard weft. This gives the fabric an embroidered look – characteristic of vintage upholstery fabrics.



Upholstered furniture (Meubles rembourrés) also comes in many forms of contemporary styles in France.

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Here are some inspiring ideas for different types of upholstered furniture




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Choosing plus size coats are easy when you know how. Follow our helpful guide to choosing the best plus size coats this season!

Belted Plus Size Coats

First on our list of top coats to choose from is the mid to long length belted coat.

A belted coat is a great alternate to buttoned or zipped up coat. It provides a looser closure and therefore more room and comfort.

Belted coats come in many different styles. These include timeless trench coats, double breasted and fashion forward oversized lapel coats.

If you’re on the shorter side, stick to mid length belted coats. The longer lengths tend to dwarf a short stature. Above the knee or just below the knee is ideal.

For those who are taller, longer lengths work best, as shorter lengths tend to create an imbalance in proportion.

The best part of a belted coat is that it cinches in the waist, creating a great hourglass figure. Choose a vibrant color from this seasons color palette to be on trend. Otherwise pick a more demure color to stand the test of time.

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Leather Jacket

A style that never waivers and is always in fashion, every woman needs a high quality leather jacket.

Be sure to choose a short or cropped length, unless you are very tall. One with cropped sleeves will help to elongate your arms.

Leather jackets come in every color – choose a black or earthy color to get the most wear out of your jacket.

Leather jackets with panels will provide the best fit. If it’s a little more room you’re looking for, a trapeze shape will suit you best.
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Cropped Jacket

A casual cropped jacket is not only stylish but also very practical.

Easy to throw on to take the dog for a walk or pick up the kids from school, the short casual jacket is the answer.

To get the most out of the style, choose one with a drawstring or belted waist will help to achieve the ideal hourglass figure.

A slight A-line shape will help to balance out full hips and thighs.

Meanwhile, choosing one with exaggerated shoulders will create the perfect proportion for those who have narrow shoulders.

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A Line Coat

The classic A line coat, no matter what the style, is an all round crowd pleaser.

The naturally flattering silhouette skims over the hips, and the flare at the hem comes from the waist, gliding over the stomach area.

For a stylish and classic look, keep your A Line coat fairly simple – a couple of pockets and an interesting collar.

Mandarin or shallow funnel neck coat will elongate and draw attention to a slender neck. Meanwhile, a two piece tapered sleeve will provide a fashion forward look.

The fit and comfort of your coat can be perfectly measured by following a few simple rules.

With your coat on, give yourself a hug.

If its uncomfortable, or there is tension, take a size up. Your sleeves should be no more or less than an inch past your wrist. This allows your coat to keep you warm as you move, and it won’t look like it’s drowning you.

Finally, don’t forget that you should be wearing layers before pulling a coat into the fitting room. You want to make sure even with your winter layers on, that your coat still feels great and isn’t being pulled out of shape.

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3 Secrets on modern power dressing we learnt from wildly successful women

3 Secrets on modern power dressing we learnt from wildly successful women

When thinking of fashion, images of glamorous models prowling on the catwalk or ‘smizing’ into a camera may come to mind, but this is only a small part that the fashion industry plays in our day to day lives. For many of us, fashion is a powerful tool used to express everything from our gender and identity, to our beliefs, social standing and authority level.

In the corporate environment, clothing can communicate power and personality, command authority and give you a confident stance that ensures your presence is felt whenever entering a room.

Below, we share some of the secrets to successful power dressing from the women who have become masters at this art.

In what is a male dominated world, these women boldly own and embrace their femininity, showing us how to play (and win) the game without losing our own identities.

When we look up the word “power” in the Oxford Dictionary, one of the definitions that comes up reads as follows:

“The capacity or ability to direct or influence the behaviour of others or the course of events” – now surely that is something we would all like to be a bit better at?

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Amal Clooney: Know your Tribe, Dress for the Occasion

Keeping the definition given by the Oxford Dictionary in mind, the first secret of power dressing is simple: know who you want to influence (your tribe).

Amal Clooney may have landed on the red carpet due to her marriage to a film star, but if there is one thing we have learnt from this amazing women (if you’re not on the Amal train yet, just watch her moving speech on ISIS and the protection of women here) it is the importance of dressing for the occasion (and your audience).

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Whether gracing the pages of Vanity Fair’s ‘Best Dressed List’ or speaking on behalf of the various causes and people she represents as an international law and human rights lawyer, she is respected and venerated by all who come into contact with her.

She always dresses for the occasion, keeping the people that she will meet that day in mind. When delivering a speech to a crowd on women’s rights and how best to fight ISIS, we see her taking a powerful stance on stage in a conservative pinstriped dress. When she swoons next to her husband on the red carpet to promote his latest film, she does so in floor length gowns which ensure that their image graces the news columns (which, if not familiar with the inner workings of Hollywood, is good for his career and pay-check).

If you’re reading this and thinking, should it really matter what she wears? Shouldn’t her credentials and competency speak for themselves? We agree with you – unfortunately, this is not the world we live in.

From judges to journalists, old-school Etonian businessmen to Venture Capital entrepreneurs, whatever industry we work in: those around you form opinions and they care. This may not be the best thing for the workings of this world, but it is the world we have been given – so work with it.

If you want to direct others decisions and sway them in your favour, just ask yourself, WWACD? (What Would Amal Clooney Do). When meeting with investors, research them: will them feel more comfortable accepting you into their tribe if you wear a hoodie or a suit? If you are meeting your future employer, should you do so in a no frills business dress or something with more pizzazz to show off your creative flair? Whatever the purpose of your power dressing day may be, remember to always keep your audience in mind.


The secrets of power dressing

Christine Lagarde: Stand out in a sea of grey, add a touch of personality

If Amal Clooney teaches us the importance of dressing for the occasion, Christine Lagarde reminds us of the importance of adding a personal touch. As one of the most powerful women in global finance, Lagarde is often photographed amid a sea of grey and navy suits. While she respects the conservative dress code of the industry, Lagarde always remembers to use her personal style to assert her individuality and power. It is with good reason that this successful female leader has also won over the hearts of the fashion industry, having landed both on Vanity Fair’s ‘Best Dressed List’ and appearing in Vogue.

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The style icon uses accessories such as bold and brightly coloured silk scarves to emphasise her individuality and brighten up what would otherwise be a mono coloured outfit. As per Mirella Zanatta, associate director of programs at brand consulting company Corporate Class Inc in Toronto, Ontario: “Wearing the right scarf in the right way will make you appear to be a refined person who has put thought into your outfit”. Further to this, adding a personal or eccentric accessory can become a status signal: you are high up enough not to have to conform to what everyone else is doing.

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Diane von Furstenberg: Choose comfort

Diane Von Furstenberg created the classic 70s wrap dress that celebrates all things feminine, accentuating curves in the right places and prints that compliment all skin tones. Her recognition of a woman’s need to not only look but also feel good is what makes her creation, the wrap dress, so relatable and popular among working women.

Diane von Furstenberg power dressing secrets

The lifestyle and status of Diane von Furstenberg herself soon became synonymous with the easy glamour of the wrap dress: she was part time globe trotting business woman, part time mother, and part time New York socialite. The sleek wrap dress ensured women could look effortlessly chic without having to change wardrobe when transitioning from corner office desk, to glitzy dinner dates.

Being uncompromising in comfort and ease ensures that you feel confident throughout your busy day, after all a comfortable woman is indeed a confident woman – and nothing says power like confidence.


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I’ve oooh’d and ahhh’d over Mark Hearld‘s fabric designs for a while now – they are just beautiful. So when a client asked me to help her find a chair and said she wanted to use Mark Hearld’s Harvest Hare fabric, I was very excited!!

This is the chair we found… A really lovely shaped tub chair wearing rather tattered 1970’s William Morris fabric. I’m sure we had curtains a lot like this when I was growing up…

This was a recover rather than a total upholstery rebuild, so I added some lovely cotton wool felt for extra padding. The seat has been repaired from the underneath too.



After much pattern matching, here she is, in all her corn-colored glory..

Staring at hares

Our workshop is based at the Phoenix Brighton and have three huge windows through which passersby from the street often have a good look at our current projects. While I’ve been working on this chair, lots of people have stopped to peer in at the harvest hares! One chap even stopped to take a photo – cheeky!

Something special

Every now and then you get to work on a chair that is a bit special… I’m with my daughter on this one, she said: “I love the birds and the hares – I wish we could keep it.”  This is going to be a bedroom chair – what a lovely thing to wake up to every morning.. It would simply be rude not to stare.

If you’d like to learn more about Mark Hearld’s work and some of the other artists who are part of St Jude’s, you can visit their website.


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