I’ve been writing on my two websites – Distant Francophile and Janelle Wehsack Coaching – for a long time now. Yet this week is the first very first time where one blog post suits both audiences. To be honest, it’s not often that French style and career confidence cross over. And oddly, we have Covid-19 to thank for the situation.
You see, since we’ve all been sheltering safely at home, I’m sure you’ve noticed the proliferation of video catch ups. Many of these are work related. But time with loved ones has also gone virtual lately, with video calls becoming increasingly popular.
And this has changed how we are thinking about dressing ourselves. As I said recently to my friend Rita, style these days is all about necklines. Rita – who happens to be the owner of my favourite clothing and lifestyle boutique – couldn’t have agreed more.
Whether you are in a work meeting or catching up with friends for a quick chat, stylish necklines are in focus.
And while French women bring many stylish elements to their outfits, they do necklines particularly well.
So I thought it timely to share what I’ve learned about stylish necklines from years of studying French women.
Five tips for creating stylish necklines
One – Scarves
I’m sure you saw this one coming. French women are known for bringing interest to their outfits with scarves. Whether you go for a light silk square to bring a pop of colour or opt for something that also adds some warmth, a scarf can upgrade the simplest outfit. If you feel like you need a little refresher on how to choose and tie scarves, make sure you check out this post.
Two – Jewellery
Statement necklaces and chandelier earrings can come into their own when you’re chatting on video. And they are an easy way to bring your personality into your outfit. If you want to add a French touch, go for finer styles in silver or gold.
Three – Boatneck Tops
Boatneck tops are ideal for days when you are communicating over video. Why? Because you can move about in your chair without worrying that you’ll reveal too much skin. Choose a classic Breton striped top if you want to bring a touch of France into your day.
Four – White shirts With Interesting Collars
White reflects light, which can brighten your face. And the collar makes for a stylish neckline. You really can’t go past a crisp white shirt, whether you are meeting up in person or via video.
Five – Roll Neck Tops
Regardless of if you opt for a jumper or something a little lighter, roll neck tops are great for adding interest to your head shot. And they are a great way of disguising the skin on your neck, if you feel it has been a little neglected.
One Final Thought
Video washes most women out. So don’t be afraid to take on the virtual world with a perfect red lip. It’s something the French do so well, and it’s faster to apply than eye makeup.
Do you have any tips for creating stylish necklines? I’d love you to share your secrets in the comments section below. And for more tips for dealing with visibility and technology, keep reading right here.