Smug sentence alert: I converse French. I’ve lived and studied in France. So I ought to be capable of translate the notion of “je ne sais quoi,” non? Instantly, sure. It means “I do not know what.” Nevertheless it truly has a way more summary that means, one which is definitely laborious to interpret in case you’re not French. And it is even tougher to explain whenever you’re speaking about style.

In case you’re an avid reader of Who What Put on, you may know that we’re massive followers (learn: obsessives) in relation to French style and the best way Gallic ladies dress. Their potential to assemble an outfit in probably the most put-together-but-doesn’t-look-like-you’ve-tried-too-hard means is a supply of fixed inspiration. It is exactly after I’d use the time period “je ne sais quoi” to elucidate a glance.

After all, not being a local speaker, I assumed it will be a a lot better concept to talk to a number of French ladies on what they assume it means and to learn how the thought is represented by a chunk of their wardrobes. Prepared to find the key? Hold scrolling, mes chères.

“I feel that the French ‘je ne sais quoi’ is extra in regards to the angle. However extra tangibly it is in regards to the particulars; whether or not that is stunning jewellery, stunning fundamentals, or simply stunning supplies.”  – Adenorah
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“‘Je ne sais quoi’ means quite a lot of issues to me but additionally sort of nothing. Finally, I feel it sort of explains the best way French women can appear to be ‘careless’ about their hair or make-up (which is a complete lie!) For me, my leather-based jacket that I’ve had for years is the piece in my wardrobe that greatest represents the thought. It is now fully molded on me. Somebody even tried to steal it off me final 12 months!” – Adeline Rapon
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“It refers back to the effortlessness that is particular to French ladies. It is our mantra, we are going to by no means be overdressed, even at a marriage. In my wardrobe, my ‘je ne sais quoi’ piece is a heart-shaped fake fur scarf.”  – Lydia Bahia
Observe how this fake fur scarf is wearable with loads of totally different outfits, because of it being simply two totally different colors. 

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