French Hair for DAYS

French women seem to always strike the perfect mix of feminine chic and je ne sais quoi. What we might think of as “girly” is simply effortless to them. Case in point - the grosgrain ribbon. 

Chanel | Paris Fall 2015

During Paris Fashion Week Fall 2015, the Parisians decided to remind us how “cool-girl” a little bit of ribbon can be. Of course, the most talked about hair accessory showed up at Chanel’s Brasserie Gabrielle, which had us skipping lunch in lieu of the fabric store in search of the perfect black ribbon.

While this understated hair accessory was revived for Fall 2015, we’re all for getting ahead of the curve on upcoming trends (wink wink). Grab your ribbon, a hair tie, and a couple of bobby pins - prepare to own the brunch scene.

Ribbon Headband

Drawing on inspiration from the timeless Bridget Bardot, this Chanel look was made for sitting outside at your local brunch spot with a café au lait and your girls. A wide black ribbon is perfect for holding you hair back and/or as the vehicle for another accessory, like a pretty pin/broach. 

While a loose bun pairs well with this style, what could be more perfect than a French twist? Keep your twist in place with some large bobby pins by inserting the pin one direction and then turning it in the opposite direction to anchor down your hair.

Your bobby pins will come in handy when securing the ends of the ribbon, which you can easily tie into a small knot and fasten to the hair around the nap of your neck with smaller pins. 

Chanel | Paris Fall 2015

Chanel | Paris Fall 2015

Chanel | Paris Fall 2015

Chanel | Paris Fall 2015

Chanel | Paris Fall 2015

Chanel | Paris Fall 2015

The key to making this look effortless is to not stress about loose strands or fly-aways. You can wear it with your bangs falling over the ribbon, with your hair completely held back, or with the ribbon pulled back an inch-or-so from your hairline. Trust us when we say you’ll get the lion’s share of compliments. 

Ribbon Braid

Braids, whether we’re referring to loose French braids or classic, polished plaits, have had a comeback in the last handful of seasons. Make your braid standout by fastening the end with a bit of ribbon instead of a plain hair tie. 

Lanvin | Paris Fall 2015

Lanvin | Paris Fall 2015

Lanvin | Paris Fall 2015

Lanvin | Paris Fall 2015

Lanvin | Paris Fall 2015

Lanvin | Paris Fall 2015

To hide your hair band, thread the ribbon through and wrap it around the hair tie once or twice. We love the look of a simple knot, but a little bow tie is just as cute. Stick with a thin black ribbon to make this style more ladylike than girly, but that doesn’t mean you can’t play with ribbon textures and sizes. 

Ribbon Ponytail

This look is where a thick, more voluminous ribbon would stand out. Try a silk ribbon or change things up with a matte, thick grosgrain ribbon. If you have dark hair and are afraid of the black ribbon blending in too much, try looking for black ribbon with white stitching or single, center white stripe. 

Paul & Joe | Paris Fall 2015

Paul & Joe | Paris Fall 2015

Paul & Joe | Paris Fall 2015

Paul & Joe | Paris Fall 2015

Paul & Joe | Paris Fall 2015

Paul & Joe | Paris Fall 2015

To avoid an unintended cheerleader-esque reference, keep your ponytail sleek and low. Of course, you can use the same technique of treading and wrapping the ribbon around your hair tie on a pony tail.

Next time you pass a craft and/or fabric store, you might want to stop in to search for this versatile hair accessory!