When she’s not working as a journalist and social influencer, It girl Sabina Socol also shares her fashion expertise in our French Girl column. Come back each month for her perspective on Parisian style.
When it comes to dating, and especially first dates, I’ve been asking myself the following question: What are the sartorial dos and don’ts, as seen by us French women? Before I get to the heart of the matter and throw you some thoughtfully curated outfit examples, let me just do a little disclaimer: “Dating” isn’t really a thing in France. This is something I’ve come to realize pretty recently while discussing the subject with my American girlfriends during NYFW. That said, as a French woman, I obviously love to dress up on occasion, especially if I want to catch the eye of someone special. So with no further ado, here are some looks to get you inspired for that perfect date.
THE CLASSIC CHIC LOOK
This is the look I would be the most inclined to wear if I were to go on a first date, and should I even have to explain why it’s super French? Kidding! It’s just me, but what I believe is the clue is just to be super comfortable in your clothes and keep your day-to-day style. Also, who can resist a marinière (striped shirt)?
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THE SEXY-ISH LOOK
I did a little investigating and noticed that most of my French girlfriends don’t want to overdress (and that includes dressing “sexy”) for a first date, as an ego thing. They don’t want to show the guy that they’re too interested. As far as I am concerned, I do the exact opposite—the more I like the guy, the sexier I’ll dress! À la Française, I guess…
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THE PRETTY LOOK
Sometimes you just want to show your true, fabulous self. And before you ask, yes, I am still in a Carrie Bradshaw state of mind. She would have definitely worn this blouse to one of her dates with Big, by the way. Do I sound crazy? Probably.