Be More French with Jean Paul Gaultier

 *This post is an advertised collaboration with Boots but all thoughts are my own

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When I was a teenager back in the late nineties, my bedroom was often filled with the sweet, powdery scent of Jean Paul Gaultier’s ‘Classique’ Eau de Parfum.

I was first introduced to Jean Paul Gaultier perfumes by my friend Jennie. A glass bottle of ‘Classique’, showcasing that now-iconic feminine silhouette, was nestled away on her dressing table and piqued my interest. One spray later and fifteen-year-old Lisa was hooked on that floral yet subtly sexy smell.

Whilst I’ll always have a fondness for this scent and the associated nostalgia, ‘Scandal’ by Jean Paul Gaultier offers something different – and it’s exactly what I’ve been looking for.

I’ll admit that I have minimal knowledge when it comes to the science behind perfumes; I tend to purchase them purely on the basis of how they make me feel. ‘Scandal’ is bold and seductive, the kind of scent that you just can’t miss. It also manages to be mischevious whilst still retaining an air of elegance.

It gives me the same kind of flutter as carrying around a little secret does, like wearing your most exquisite lingerie underneath your work clothes on a Tuesday morning ‘just because’ (on that note, everyone should own at least one set of underwear that makes them feel like an absolute Queen).

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French style is renowned for being simplistic, classy and effortless yet undeniably chic and radiates confidence. Being a big fan of classic vintage looks, I didn’t have to move too far away from my usual style when Boots challenged me to ‘Frenchify’ my look.

By keeping my skin almost bare with a beige matte eyeshadow on my lid, I then used a simple sweep of black eyeliner and mascara, topped off with a bold cherry red lip for a statement contrast. I kept my hair simple with brushed out curls tucked behind one ear to give a ‘morning after the night before’ effect.

Sophistication is the name of the game for our French sisters and they generally avoid heavy accessories and fussy jewellery. They also stick to navy, red, black and grey block colour and monochrome over bright patterns in their wardrobes.

With this in mind, I opted to finish off my look with my trusty Brenton stripe top, which I wear with black cigarette trousers, pearl stud earrings and bold red heels for a certain je ne sais quoi, and to embody the grown-up yet playful side of ‘Scandal’.

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12 responses to “Be More French with Jean Paul Gaultier”

  1. Jessica C says:

    Red lips #BeMoreFrench

  2. Sharon says:

    I’d say romantic blouses and white trousers. French fashion is gorgeous

  3. Sima Chawda-bell says:

    Red lips
    Striped blue and white top, white skinny jeans with wedges and a scarf round my neck

  4. Naila says:

    Wear a striped top and a french beret. #BeMoreFrench

  5. To #bemoreFrench I would wear a little blazer and one of my many breton stripe tops, while eating a pastry and being nonchalant! Love your pics in this piece! x

  6. Linda says:

    I would add a neck scarf to Frenchify my look! 🙂 #BeMoreFrench

  7. Solange says:

    I’d wear a beret and a striped top. #BeMoreFrench

  8. Rosaleen Marmion says:

    A classic red lip with a black lace dress finished with natural wavy hair ? Oh and a glass of Champagne, that’s an accessory right? #BeMoreFrench

  9. Debbie Skerten says:

    I’d #BeMoreFrench with 3 quarter jeans, a little top, a flat pair of pumps. a trench coat and a scarf tied around my neck. Not forgetting the red lipstick of course.

  10. Nickie says:

    I love a good navy stripe t-shirt, 3/4 length trousers and ballet pumps #BeMoreFrench

  11. I can never have enough breton stripes #bemorefrench

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