While I was traveling through France with my family this summer, I was struck by how chic the women were. Yes, I know they’ve got a reputation for it, but it’s really true—the Frenchwomen always looked put together in an effortless sort of way, whether I encountered them at the crack of dawn buying croissants at the local patisserie or late at night at a lively brasserie. So what’s the secret? I reached out to Tish Jett, an ex-pat style writer and author of Forever Chic: Frenchwomen's Secrets for Timeless Beauty, Style, and Substance, to find out—and turns out their secrets are the same tips I’ve been advocating for years. To wit:
When you're walking home from work on a beautiful fall evening and you think, "A delicious cappuccino would make my life complete right now." Then you realize it's 5:00 and you're too old for that shit.