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French Ethereal


French Ethereal begins its journey with Coco Chanel designs. Then it progresses into the contemporary version of the popular nautical style combined with Parisian chic adored by women worldwide. French Ethereal guidelines also include strict combinations of white and black (e.g., white blouse and black skirt/pants) and minimalist black sets.

By the way, it is worth mentioning all the Ethereals in which black plays an important role. These are, in turn:

Black also appears in Fairytale, Energetic, Moon, Rose, and Wind Ethereals. However, in the case of styles related to these Ethereals, it is only a complementary, additional color.

Black in the French version looks best in the form of a little black dress, which is also one of the flagship elements of the French Ethereal style. In the French, the little black dress has a classic cut tailored to fit the body lines, midi length, and a small round neckline, optionally a boat neck. The whole outfit should be emphasized with red makeup (lipstick, nail polish) and subtly illuminated with jewelry. The shoes and handbag can also be black. On the other hand, a black, minimalist coat with sharper lines will direct the outfit to the dangerous areas of Crimson Ethereal. If this is not our goal, it would be better to choose a color other than black for a coat. If we want to stick to strictly French style, a classic dark beige trench coat with black buttons will work very well. A great alternative will also be a coat made of black and white fabric with a Chanel houndstooth.

In a situation where both the black dress and the black coat have soft lines or flared cuts, we find ourselves in the Star or the Queen area, depending on the details and nuances of the guidelines for these two Ethereals.

The French Ethereal style is most compatible with the Gamine and Dramatic Classic styles.

The second degree of compatibility is achieved with the following types: Soft Gamine, Flamboyant Gamine, Classic and Natural. If French appears with other base types, it is most often associated with the color types assigned to it (Bright Winter, Bright Spring).

Below a breakdown of how to apply French Ethereal in the most compatible Kibbe types:

Gamine – full French style, following the recommendations for this type, red allowed in large quantities (e.g., red coat, pants, skirt).

Dramatic Classic – full French style in a more minimalist version compared to Gamine and in a more elegant form; red used in accessories and patterns; the ease of creating a capsule wardrobe.

Classic – an even higher degree of minimalism; the level and power of contrasts are determined by the color type; red used in accessories and patterns; the ease of creating a capsule wardrobe.

Soft Gamine and Flamboyant Gamine – if clearly indicated in the Ethereal configuration, it strongly refers to the French E. in the Gamine version, without the sharpness characteristic of this style (e.g., small, sharp collars), plus a high degree of nonchalance for FG.

Natural – French style with a high degree of nonchalance; duffle coats; patch pockets and tabs (referring to the military style); metal buttons; plaid and stripes (the degree of contrast depends on the color type); shoes (except for ballet flats); red only allowed on nails; a helpful tool for creating a capsule wardrobe.

The essential elements of the French style are listed below.

  • straight lines
  • straight lines combined with curved lines
  • classic tailoring
  • clothes tailored to the body lines (never tight)
  • subtly defined waist (e.g., with darts)
  • above knee, knee, below knee length
  • white shirts
  • white shirt blouses
  • classic turtlenecks
  • classic trenches
  • duffle coats (common element with Fairytale Ethereal)
  • little black dress (narrow, with the most classic cut)
  • classic tailored blazers
  • classic navy blue jeans (not distressed) 
  • classic navy blue denim jackets (not distressed)
  • cigarette pants
  • classic pants made of fabric
  • tapered pants leg
  • straight pants leg with heels
  • berets
  • fisherman-style cap
  • hats with stiff brims
  • neckerchiefs, bandanas
  • generally understood nautical style
  • all-black outfits
  • black and white sets (e.g., a white shirt plus a black skirt – a hallmark of Carolina Herrera)
  • nonchalance and the beige colorWild Ethereal influence
  • stripes
  • pinstripes
  • plaid (tiny and medium size)
  • houndstooth
  • herringbone
  • quilting
  • decorative piping
  • contrasting buttons
  • metal buttons
  • single breasted clothes
  • double breasted clothes
  • patch pockets
  • tabs
  • classic cuffs
  • round necklines (never large)
  • boat necks (never exposing the shoulders)
  • small V-necks (never sharp)
  • classic collars
  • moderately thick
  • medium weight
  • addition of thinner fabrics (e.g., for blouses and tops)
  • smooth, high-quality knitted fabrics
  • wool
  • fine wool
  • high-quality cotton
  • solid navy blue denim
  • solid black denim
  • elegant, smooth fabrics
  • navy blue
  • dark and medium blue
  • red
  • white
  • black
  • beige – complementary color
  • rectangle shape handbags
  • trapeze shape handbags
  • defined cuts
  • stiff form
  • Chanel bags
  • small crossbody bags
  • classic handbags
  • classic clutches
  • ballerinas
  • moccasins
  • loafers
  • classic boots
  • no lacing
  • no platforms
  • almond toes
  • tapered toes (never very pointed)
  • very high heels are not allowed
  • classic stiletto heels (never very thin)
  • chunky heels
  • low chunky heels
  • gentle lines
  • minimalist jewelry
  • tiny jewelry
  • small amount of jewelry
  • knot motif
  • other nautical motifs
  • small balls
  • infinity motif
  • delicate pendant necklaces and bracelets
  • delicate chains
  • watches with a round case
  • lack of gemstones
  • only tiny and transparent ones are allowed
  • classic makeup
  • eyes-lips balance
  • or the accent on the lips
  • no sharp lines in makeup
  • eye shadows only in neutral colors
  • red lipstick (never dark)
  • red nail polish (never dark)
  • bob, long bob
  • pageboy haircut
  • bangs
  • optionally, the so-called messy hairstyles

The individual style elements should be adapted to the beauty features and the entire Ethereal configuration.

French – and all other Ethereals – can function as an independent element that makes up our type of beauty. In such a case, we are talking about the Ethereal type of beauty. We omit Kibbe typology and classic color analysis.


  • darkens and brightens the coloring
  • physiognomy with a balance of Yin and Yang characteristics
  • body type – fine, fragile
  • body lines – slightly curvy
  • height – moderate 
  • shoulders – narrower than the hips
  • waist – moderately defined
  • bust – medium size
  • musculature – low level
  • limbs – moderately long
  • eyes – medium size or large
  • nose – small
  • lips – slightly full, small
  • cheekbones – slightly defined
  • moderately expressive beauty (regardless of individual coloring)
  • French Ethereal likes to couple with Star or Energetic Ethereal 

The above list presents the beauty features that French Ethereal is responsible for in its pure form. Please note that how we ultimately look is the result of several Ethereals combined together.


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