Friday, April 13, 2012

Scarves et La Femme Française


While sitting in an outdoor café in Paris recently I decided to indulge in a small research project. I then followed-up to confirm the results by conducting a further study while sitting in my car waiting for my Reason-For-Living-In-France to buy a box of nougats. (I've begged him never to do that again -- they are too good to have in house.)


I digress. Actually, I was putting myself to the test and I have to say I aced the exam. Here's what I did: I decided to see if by only looking at the way scarves were composed -- because "tie" doesn't seem to do them justice -- I could tell which women were French and which were not. That is not to say I could tell what nationality the other women were, but I knew when they were not French.

You're probably thinking I should get a life. Right?



To prove my point, I've assembled a collection of my past photographs. All except one woman is French and I knew she wasn't when I snapped her picture. I suspect this time you won't be able to guess which one she is. There's a good reason why you may not find her, but I won't tell you now.

Oh, you might be asking yourself how I graded my exam. Simple. When I was sitting in the car, I opened the window to see what language they were speaking and those walking down the street I very carefully listened as they drew near to me.

38 comments:

Chicago lady said...

I vote for the last woman.

Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen said...

Personally I can't get enough of scarves and how the French women wear them. I mostly wear my scarves in a similar fashion to the first lady because it's easy to tie. My guess (and it's only a guess) is the second lady isn't French.

How clever of you Tish to open your window and listen. You will tell us which one isn't French won't you?
Sam

Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

I also love scarves...my students accuse me of scarf-addiction...and I also think it is number 2 or the last one...maybe? Please tell us soon!

Marsi said...

The last gal? Everything is slightly off there -- the artless scarf tying, the lack of little details to her pieces, the untucked shirt that looks messy rather than insouciant, ....

But I'm not sure.

xoxoxo --
Marsi

Villette said...

I think it's the woman in the the last one pcitre. Her build doesn't look quite French. But forget about the women. The insouciance of the Jack Russell at the top is perfect Parisian.

Raewyn said...

Just t put a spanner in the works i might suggest number 3 is he non Parisian although number 3 needs to get her act together!!
Now fess up! Who is she?
I love scarves and for an antibitibian (or whatever) think I have the image of the others - no lack of confidence here !!!

déjà pseu said...

Tish, I've noticed on my prior Paris visits that there seem to be trends in how scarves are arranged. One sees variations on a particular arrangement often, and on the men too. And it's a little different each year. But never is it fussy or overdone! I can hardly wait to see what those Femmes Françaises are up to this spring....

Renee @ AddMoreChocolate said...

Forget the scarves. I think the non-Frenchwoman is not wearing sunglasses.

LPC said...

I cannot guess. But I would LOVE a post in which you asked five or six French women in blazers - "Who made your jacket?" Where do they FIND these things?

ParisGrrl said...

I do that too...watch the locals to see how they're tying their scarves. It truly is an art form. When I first moved here I thought there should be a mandatory class and perhaps a learner's permit in wrapping and tying. But now, if I admitted how many scarves I own, there might be an intervention.

ParisGrrl said...

I do that too...watch the locals to see how they're tying their scarves. It truly is an art form. When I first moved here I thought there should be a mandatory class and perhaps a learner's permit in wrapping and tying. But now, if I admitted how many scarves I own, there might be an intervention.

sisty said...

Without looking at the other answers, I'll guess the woman in the last picture. Something about the design of the scarf and the way it's tied.

I love the white scarf blowing in the wind!

kathy peck said...

I love that Jack Russell. I know off topic, but one of my favorite things about France is that you can bring your dog everywhere.
I can't guess which woman - they all look great.

vicki archer said...

Whoever they are... they look good! Have a wonderful weekend... xv

BigLittleWolf said...

Oh what fun! And composed is the perfect word for what French women do with the art of scarves. (Good grief - there are enough terms for it in French whereas we are woefully wed to one!)

I'm guessing the last woman, though the third is a bit difficult to see...

Vicki Lee Johnston said...

Am hoping to buy lots of beautiful scarves during my visit - a lovely keepsake ... and here is a wonderful video showing many very quick ways to tie scarves :)))
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5LYAEz777AU

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

I am wearing a lavishly flowing one today.
In aqua.

Joni said...

Geez, I really don't know, but I'd guess the last woman.

Anonymous said...

My guess is that the first woman is Italian, not French. She wears her scarf in the way the Romans do.

The Clever Pup said...

I vote for the last woman. She looks too American. Blonde and smiling.

Annette said...

So are you going to tell us how to properly compose a scarf? I try and I try and I still look like an American trying to be something chic -- and failing.

Anonymous said...

OK. I'm guessing that this is a trick question. I think you've got something up your sleeve. My real guess would be the last women. Ready? I think #3 might be your daughter who lives in the US. She would know how to compose her scarf properly. Did I get it?
J

Lorrie said...

I can't decipher which one is not French - but I hope you tell us! Lovely scarves, all.

webb said...

My first thought was two with the floating scarf, but then I agree that it's the last one. Clothes are too tight and show too much muffin top.

Elizabeth Eiffel said...

Hmmm - they all look "bien dans sa peau", even though they have different styles.

Mary said...

Of course not! LOL. I don't think you need to 'get a life' at all! That sounds like tons of fun to me. I would have no idea though who is French and who is not though. I love scarves, but rarely wear them. I'm just not good at arranging them. Too much work. :) I love the way woman looks in a beautiful scarf. I might just have to be less lazy and wear one more often!

Terri said...

I would guess it is one of the blond women.

Anonymous said...

No. 3. Scarf well tied, but these sandals now in France... way too early!

Mazl said...

Loving scarves and would like more examples of how to wear them regardless of season.

I think No2 more for her other clothes and footwear, but I could be completely off key.

sara ryan said...

I love these challenges!
so, my initial pick would be the last woman -- based on her handbag, scarf, and the way it is tied.

But thinking there might be a trick in this challenge, my next pick would be the 2nd woman. Her jacket and shoes don't seem 'French' enough to me. . .(like I'd know what I'm talking about ;-)

Kristien62 said...

The last lady looks very Californian. And I would love to know which tying style is considered most current. I have learned several methods- some which are very architectural.

That's Not My Age said...

Ooh can't guess which it is. The last woman? I've recently been embracing the scarf, in (I hope) a chic French way.

Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen said...

Tish, please tell us which one is not French. We're all dying to know...
Sam

Gwen Skinner said...

Hello: I would love it if you would follow me as I'm new to this. I want your life! I would love to be in France and be as creative as you. You're an inspiration to me. Plus, I will always remember you as the first person on the internet who contacted me on my first blog. Gwendolyn

Anonymous said...

Number three because her posture is not French. She is slightly stiff and ill at ease in her gait. Just slightly, because of course she is very beautiful and put together woman.

Anonymous said...

At first glance I definitely thought the last photo but then I noticed she wasn't really smiling as I first thought, and she's also wearing "ballerines" (not sure how the word is spelled) so now I think it must be the second woman, even though she looks more "French" at first glance, because her shoes look like Clarks (like walking type shoes) and you rarely, if ever, see a French woman in those. But all these women look so nice and stylish.

MulticoloredPieces said...

Fun post--nothing like a mystery. i like scarves as well, but just never have any place to wear them.
best, nadia

ParisMaddy said...

Nougats, scarves, and La Belle France--- a wonderful visit to your spectacular blog. You've carried me off. aah!

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