From their timeless style and nonchalant attitude to their decadent cuisine and rich cultural heritage, the French continue to be regarded as the masters of all things chic. But you don’t have to live in Paris to embrace this art de vivre. The French concept is celebrated globally as a template on how to live well: to find beauty in the everyday, savor quality over quantity, and immerse yourself in the richness of art and culture.
We asked three ELLE women to share their tips on living the French way, for whichever city you’re in. Follow their adventures with Sofitel below.
Want to channel French chic on your next visit to Paris? Follow in the footsteps of Josie Fear, the London-based fashion insider who was recently in the city for Fashion Week.
For Josie, French style is enviably effortless, with a strong emphasis on quality, capsule pieces, and statement outfits. Her go-to daytime look in Paris? A suede tan skirt and a sheer floral blouse, styled with tan knee-high leather boots.
Once your outfit is sorted, Josie recommends starting your morning with a coffee and croissants, best enjoyed on a balcony of Sofitel Paris Le Faubourg, where you can take in views of the city’s rooftops and the bustling streets below.
No trip to Paris would be complete without some time for shopping. Take Josie’s lead and visit the contemporary boutiques on Rue Royale and Rue St Honoré, a stone’s throw away from the luxurious suites at the Sofitel Paris Le Faubourg hotel.
Next up, visit Merci to discover independent French designers, with a stop at the Used Book Café for a bite to eat. Don’t miss Gang of Earlybirds, a sought-after store in the Marais district packed with an eclectic range of international brands.
When it comes to indulging in fine food, there’s no place quite like Paris to explore unique culinary delights. Josie was invited to experience the fusion of traditional luxury and contemporary excellence at the Hotel d’Evreux, for the first “Les Dîners Extraordinaires”. The unique dining experience presented the best of modern French cuisine in an event orchestrated by three Michelin-Star chef Yannick Alléno.
An award-winning meal requires an outfit of equal decadence, so pair a pink silk midi dress with a low block heel and add a large faux-fur or thick wool coat during the cooler months. After all, where better to show off your shining outfit than the City of Light?
If you’re looking to emulate the glamour of the French Riviera, you can certainly do so in LA, says Anais Tori. Born in the South of France, the content creator now lives in Los Angeles; during a weekend staycation at the Sofitel Los Angeles in Beverly Hills, she was reminded of her French roots.
Anais recommends starting the weekend with sun and solitude: a crepe on the beach with a book in hand is one of her favorite ways to enjoy some me-time. As art de vivre means finding newness in the everyday, head to a farmer’s market to try something unexpected from a speciality stall before taking a bike ride along the beach in the sun. Make your way to Venice Beach for a relaxing sunbathe worthy of the French Riviera.
To end the day, head over to the hotel’s Riviera 31 piano bar. There’s nowhere better to enjoy a touch of the Côte d’Azur’s luxuriant lifestyle.
Claire’s love for la dolce vita was driven by the city’s ornate, cinematic architecture. Inspired by the 1950s classic Roman Holiday, she recommends channelling your inner Audrey Hepburn and hiring a Vespa to make the most of sight-seeing.
For a unique lunch spot, head to the Sofitel Roma Villa Borghese’s terrace at Settimo, a rooftop restaurant which serves a mix of Italian and French cuisine. Later in the day, take advantage of the hotel’s central location and explore the city’s artistic heritage at the Galleria Borghese.
As the sun sets, embrace the romance of Villa Borghese’s stunning gardens before heading back to the hotel’s rooftop terrace for an Aperol spritz. This is where Claire recently partied at La Nuit by Sofitel, an event organized worldwide that gathers the best of Parisian nightlife with local culture.
Claire embraced the occasion in a blacked-out satin wrap dress and enjoyed chef Giuseppe D’Alessio’s Mediterranean take on French cuisine. To paraphrase and update the old proverb: When in Rome, do as the Romans—and the French—do.
Win two nights for you and your plus one in a Sofitel of your choice anywhere in the world. Follow Sofitel on Instagram, then head over to Josie’s, Anais’ or Claire’s Instagram, and leave a like and comment using #LiveTheFrenchWay on their Sofitel competition post from December 6th for a chance to win!
From: ELLE UK