“There is something about French women. They do really dress well,” French-American model Camille Rowe declares while wearing a sleek three-piece suit and a bright red lip she dabbed on with her finger. Kicking off episode two of Vogue’s video series, 7 Days 7 Looks, Rowe walks through a week in her wardrobe. Be it a pair of go-to Levi’s 501s or a slinky Tom Ford Gucci-era LBD, each outfit demystifies the alluring and esoteric “French girl” style.
With simple, polished staples, the model nonchalantly and unselfishly hands over the keys for dressing French, as if mastery was always as effortless as she makes it seem. For Monday’s outfit, Rowe discloses that “in Paris, even when you’re dressed down, you’re sort of dressed up.” She then pairs her go-to Levi’s 501 jeans and Petit Bateau T-shirt with a pair of polished Celine loafers, and punctuates the outfit with a beautiful Hawaii-themed Bode button down. “I think French women, more than anyone else, focus on investment, staple pieces as opposed to fast fashion. It's about good quality things that you're going to wear forever,” she says. Rowe’s outfits prove the power of this sentiment: consider Wednesday’s floor-grazing coat by the Row that “makes everything look so much chicer,” or Sunday’s perfectly tailored black Acne Studios suit “for every occasion.”
While investment pieces can carry a stigma of seriousness, Rowe illustrates how they can be whimsical and personal. For Tuesday’s Italian-Riviera-themed dinner, she sports a crisp white suit paired with vintage sunglasses and a headscarf. Maybe the most special staple in her closet is Saturday’s “plane to dinner” look, featuring the custom, embellished Gucci pajama suit that she wears on long-haul flights and has also worn for the “past three Christmasses.”
In years past, dressing French meant picking up a beret or a striped bateau long sleeve and calling it a day. Thanks to Rowe’s week in looks, it’s clear that French style isn't just about one specific piece, it’s an ethos rooted in timelessness and nonchalance.
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