Sunday, January 31, 2010

Dress a French Fashion Doll
For decades, French women have implemented the "less is more" philosophy in their
choices. The influence of French fashion is evident by the number of couture designers, from CoCo Chanel to Jean-Paul Gaultier, who produce the biggest fashion shows and pervade the shelves of couture shops around the world. Clean lines, tailored clothing, and neutral colors accented by a touch of the latest trend are common traits of French fashion. To dress a French fashion doll, you must follow the French guidelines for chic fashion: smart, timeless, sophisticated yet feminine style.

  1. Step 1

  2. Choose a structured dress in a neutral color for the base of the outfit. The French are well-known for their style, and most outfits begin with a tailored piece in a neutral color.

  3. Step 2

    Add a accentuate the waist of your fashion doll. One of the key elements of French fashion is to accentuate the waistline; belts do this by cinching and defining a woman's waist.

  4. Step 3

    Pick a structured, fashionable shoe to accentuate the outfit. Try knee-length ankle booties, or a classic pump to continue the look of elegance.

  5. Step 4

    Add a pop of color to keep the outfit up to date. This could be a colored cardigan, a colored belt, a scarf, or even shoes in a bright color. Don't overdo the color. Remember, less is more.

  6. Step 5

    Accessorize minimally to keep with the "less is more" philosophy. You might add a simple necklace to your doll, but avoid too much jewelry.

  7. Step 6

  8. Top off the look with a traditional French beret. Nothing says "French" like this classic French fashion staple; your doll's fashion influence will be immediately apparent with the addition of this hat.