8 Minimal Hair Accessories French Women Would Wear
Recently I had the pleasure of meeting the most delightful French facialist. New to Australia, she'd just begun working at one of my favourite establishments. As she worked on my skin our conversation turned to the somewhat bewildering obsession Australian women have with our French counterparts. Trying to define the specific "French" quality with which we're collectively bewitched to someone who actually possesses it, was weird. How could I explain that we are enchanted by the idea of looking perfectly imperfect seemingly without trying? The facialist's own disheveled waves, scarlet-stained lips, and simple gold barrette appeared an almost accidental combination (but probably weren't—no one looks that polished by chance), making her a golden example. "I think," I said, mid-massage, "our fascination has a lot to do with the perception of French effortlessness and in trying to figure out how to replicate that somehow." For her part, the facialist said she understood, but also couldn't quite get past the fact she and her countrywomen are so idealised away from home. Fair enough. I left that appointment wondering if a French woman's capacity to take something as frou frou as a hair accessory and make it feel grown-up and cool, was the very definition I was looking for. Part of this trait is attitude, I'm sure. (French women are known for their seemingly intrinsic insouciance after all.) But part of it is consistently sticking with simple shapes and designs, a careful consideration that also applies to their wardrobes. But while we may not all be able to invest in a pricey trench or Gucci loafers, we can probably splash out on a minimal hair accessory. Trust me, add a slick of red lipstick and you'll immediately feel French—pulled together but not in the least try-hard.
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