There are a few things that the French just get *right*. Food. Romance. Style. It’s difficult to pin down quite what it is that makes the French so good at these things, (they have a certain je ne sais quoi, if you will), but it seems like France just has chic-ness down to a fine art.
2021 has already brought us the modern French Mani and reverse French nails, which we’ve been completely obsessing over this summer. Now that autumn is around the corner, though, it’s time for a new French-inspired trend to enter the spotlight. Cue: the French bob.
The French bob is a classic cut – it’s been around since the 1920s, and we can totally see why it has stood the test of time. The defining factor of the French bob is that it’s typically shorter than the standard bob we’re used to seeing. It bears some similarities to the 90s bob we’ve been loving for a while now – although the French version leans towards being ever so slightly choppier for that stylish un-done look. Still, it gives us major 90s throwback vibes, which is always a good thing in our book.
Back in its original flapper heyday, the French bob was around chin-length, blunt, and worn pretty straight. Now, the ‘traditional’ French bob is a little choppier, wavier, and carries a lot of weight- especially around the ends.
As with most trends, though, there are plenty of interpretations. With the resurgence of the modern French bob, we’re seeing much more variety in the length, styling, and cut. Some opt for an even shorter version (we’re talking cheek to lip length), or a more grown-out, mid-neck-length look. It’s being paired with full fringes, curtain and baby bangs, and being worn anywhere from sleek and straight to full-blown curls. Really, the French bob is all about nailing that uber-French attitude – whichever version you opt for – it’s bound to be effortlessly cool, classy, and très chic.
So, make sure to take plenty of inspo pics with you for the exact look you’re going for, and you’re ready for the chop. Add a beret, et voila – you’ll be on your way to nailing French style in no time.
By Beth Ryan