I have always been fascinated by the difference and importance of beauty and style regimens between French, Italian and American women. My newest Town & Country magazine reminded me of this difference. I then reflected on an article I read a number of years ago in the same magazine about the difference in these women who want to have plastic surgery.
To summarize the article about plastic surgery, (to the best of my memory) women in Los Angeles will see a surgeon and request a nose like Courtney Cox, a body shape like Kim Kardasion, lips like … In New York, women just want to extend their beauty a few years and in France, women just want to grow old with elegance and gracefulness. As I mentioned, that was simply said.
Now with regards to style. New Yorkers (in general of course!) are very put together and their style and look is very thought through. French women tend to dress according to their mood. It sometimes appears that stylish accessories might be out of place, but that is the charm of their look. Americans of course, are individuals and go with their own creative style, depending on the person.
In the latest Front Page of Town & Country, Dana Thomas shares the codes of French Style. “French women never share beauty secrets or shopping addresses with anyone…not friends, and certainly not men!”
Andrea Lee on the formula for Italian glamour, quotes “The Italian women doesn’t do pretty. There is nothing cute or dainty about her. Instead, she is beautiful, Handsome, exuberantly sexy, or even magnificently vulgar.
And, the one that stood out to me was from the guest collaborator, Olivier Saillard in an exploration on modern elegance. “I try to bring the world around to my way of thinking: How a trace of lipstick, an eloquent gesture, the bat of an eyelash have more power of persuasion than any speech a man could make.”
That is they say…enough said!
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