They’re relatively inexpensive, and therefore seem like a life hack, but aren’t widely accessible, and therefore are to be coveted.For a long time, the Americans most attuned to these products were makeup artists, models, and fashion editors, who could stock up while they were in Paris for Fashion Week.She’s almost always white, hetero, and thin, and you can only conjure her by willfully ignoring the many French women whose daily routines do not involve bicycling along the Seine in mini skirts with baguettes tucked under their arms. She makes money for big American drugstore chains, department stores, independent brands, book publishers, magazines, and digital media companies.
In this video, Harper’s BAZAAR asks French women for their dating tips and tricks, from what to wear, to how to flirt, and how to tell a man you’re just not that into him.
Their answers might be simpler than you would think. Maybe on your next date, skip the heels, forget the eyeshadow, and let the guy focus on you, not what you’re wearing.
Save that bombshell look for a special night, and try to look less “like a cake” and more like, perhaps, a simple, perfectly crafted croissant.
And if you thought Americans had perfected the art of ghosting, you might learn that our French counterparts aren’t that much more ethical than we are when it comes to dissing that iffy Tinder match…
“The One Piece Every Chic French Girl Has in Her Winter Wardrobe.” “The Color Combo French It Girls Always Wear.” “How to Do Valentine’s Day Like a French Girl.” “How to Wash Your Hair Like a French Girl.” Even the has investigated French women’s daily habits (“Aging Gracefully, the French Way”).
Some of these articles are written with a dash of knowing humor, because our French Girl obsession has become something of a joke.
On any given day, the pantheon of French Girls includes Bardot, Catherine Deneuve, Françoise Hardy, Jane Birkin, her daughters Charlotte Gainsbourg and Lou Doillon, and former editor Carine Roitfeld.
Coco Chanel, immortalized not so much as a young woman but as an elegant matriarch, retires nearby.
French Girl Organics, which is sold at Anthropologie and Williamsburg jewelry mecca Catbird, is neither the work of a Parisian It girl nor a clever marketing team, but rather a 60-something Seattle resident named Kristeen Griffin-Grimes who has a warm, ready laugh and an unpretentious demeanor.
Griffin-Grimes grew up on an oyster farm in Seattle, surrounded by the sensory pleasures of good food and nature.
(Last year, The Cut skewered its ubiquity in a post titled “97 Things You Can Do Like a French Girl.”) In fact, there are times when it seems like our French Girl may not even exist.