Kristin Scott Thomas: English style is ‘terrible’, ‘everyone is orange’

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Kristin Scott Thomas is arguably one of England’s finest actresses. Too bad she’s spent much of the past thirty years living in France and mostly making French films. Kristin is 55 years old now and she has strong opinions about aging in front of cameras, and how women over 40 are treated not just in Hollywood, but in the world at large. She gave an interview to a French magazine which got translated by the Daily Mail, and she seems to be saying that if she was still living in England, she would probably not be working that much. Because in England, the new face of beauty is orange and wearing a miniskirt in November. Her words!

She is one of our most feted actresses and was awarded a damehood for services to drama in 2015 by the Queen. Sadly, however, Kristin Scott Thomas does not appear to have much affection for her fellow Englishwomen. The Cornwall-born star of The English Patient and Four Weddings And A Funeral, who moved to France when she was 19, has launched a withering attack on her compatriots’ lack of style.

‘French women make getting dressed seem simple . . . and they can be attractive without abusing their sexy side,’ says Kristin. ‘There is no vulgarity, it’s all about subtlety. The English are terrible and very much the opposite, like they wear mini skirts when they don’t have the legs for it. In France, that would obviously be in bad taste. French women would never get drunk on a Saturday in a mini skirt in November.’

Her cutting remarks follow previous criticism of Britain’s treatment of older women: ‘I’m still asked to do leading roles in France; never in the UK. People will ask me why, and I don’t really know, apart from this idea that in France, people are less afraid of older women or of getting old.’

In her latest interview, which she conducted in French, Kristin adds: ‘I think the French are more natural. They’re more interested in taking care of themselves. The English are much more concerned with what is fashionable. They follow all the latest trends, even though they all look the same. Right now, for example, English girls are all wearing buns on their heads! And they love tanning, especially fake tan, which means, by summer, everyone is orange.’

[From The Daily Mail]

For fashion, I think British “style” is to be more cutting edge, more avant-garde and less “pretty.” But I don’t think KST is talking about the legacy of Alexander McQueen, I think she’s making a reference to British street-style, which… yes, has taken a hit in recent years. British street style is more associated with Pippa Middleton rather than Kate Moss these days. And Pippa was whom I thought of when Kristin went in on British girls being orange. So, is KST just being bitter and judgy or does she have a point?

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  1. NotSoSocialButterfly says:

    Could Ms. Thomas be the writer of yesterday’s blind post, I wonder?

  2. Mia V. says:

    Nothing better than judgy brits.

  3. aims says:

    When a woman older then me talks about any subject, I listen. There’s wisdom there and that to me is priceless. I agree with the Orange look, but even in my state I see young women running towards the tanning salons. Anytime I see a women with a tan in the middle of February I roll my eyes.

  4. lovemesseg says:

    She is right!

    • qwerty says:

      Yes. Google Royal Ascot fashion, it’s amazing. It’s a highlight of my life.

      ” British street style is more associated with Pippa Middleton rather than Kate Moss these days.”
      Nope, it’s associated with the TOWIE trolls.

  5. Tig says:

    I love that line “…never drunk in a mini-skirt in November”! Does she mean that Frenchwomen are never drunk, or if drunk, their skirts are longer? This interviewer really let us down!

    • embertine says:

      I’ve been on a pedalo with a drunk Frenchwoman. But it was April and she was wearing slacks and drinking champagne in the middle of Paris, so it was all incredibly chic.

    • Truthful says:

      Ok I am French so I ‘ll try on this one: I thinks she refers more to parisians than to “french” (provence is full of miniskirts and rosé ;) ) and parisian women, rarely wear skirts or dresses ( walking, biking and the love of scooters ;) ) , but god we do get drunk (saturday nights in Paris are fun fun fun… people on the streets are at various stages of being very very “happy” ;) .
      And when we do get drunk while rocking miniskirts well…. we take a Uber so KST cannot see us ;D!

      I don’t know about generalizations I find them nonsense and door-opening to being offensive so …

      The only thing I kind of agree with her is that aging is not frightening over here for the rest meh..

      • Tig says:

        Thanks for the clarification- I am eagerly awaiting warmer weather and rose- tho I will be in shorts and on my deck! Terribly unchic. My dream is to replicate this scenario in Provence one day-viva la upgrade!

      • Truthful says:

        “My dream is to replicate this scenario in Provence one day-viva la upgrade!”

        fingers crossed… Meanwhile I keep the rosé in a cold place ;)

    • Zainab says:

      A lot a French women/celebs have cosmetic procedures, so I’m not so sure about the excepting older women quip.

      • Truthful says:

        I strongly disagree about cosmetic procedures, it is not common at all !!! Or maybe we do not put the same meaning on what ” a lot” means…

        If I think (as a french) that France can be criticized on a lot of topics , I don’t think acceptance of older women is one of them.
        France embraces being older, its one true thing, our actresses don’t fade away after 40 they continue their career , MOST of them, not just one or two à la Meryl streep.
        Elle magazine (french edition) is probably the only one putting regularly actresses or models well into their 40s 50S and 60s.

        We have a lot of flaws but not embracing older women (that we don’t even call that!!!) is not one.

      • arbelia says:

        Well in the Uk many actresses the same age or older than KST are still working constently , and never had any work done: Judi Dench, Maggie Smith,Helen Mirren, Emma Thompson, Helena Bonham Carter, Imelda Staunton ,Fiona Shaw ….
        I dont think Kristin is right if she implies that actresses her age dont find work at all in England . I think she clearly won’t be the first choice for a project in Uk, because she’s probably seen as more french nowadays than english, since she’s based in Paris.And they already have very talented working actresses based there so they probably won’t think of her at first.

        Charlotte Rampling is another example. She’s successfull in France, but she don’t work really much in England, and she didn’t even earn a Bafta nom for her movie , while landing an oscar one !

        By the way, i agree that we are not as obssessed by youth in France and actresses doesn’t face the same pressure than in the US about aging. But some of our most famous actresses have had some work done: Isabelle Adjani, Emmanuelle Beart… Even Deneuve seems to have gone under the knife.

        And even Kristin talked some years ago about how aging wasn’t easy for her, that she felts like an old hag,especially around younger actresses.
        She also confessed that she had botox on some occasions.

      • Truthful says:

        @arbelia:
        I totally agree on the British actresses point. On the cosmetically surgery point, I more reluctant though, because as you said it is “some” of them, far for the overwhelming majority, and they are even mocked for their vanity.

    • qwerty says:

      She means you’re unlikely to see them in the state that English roses are famous for. Google “black eye friday” to see what I mean.

  6. dilettante says:

    She’s not being bitter or judgy. There is definitely enough of that look around to generalize about it.

    • qwerty says:

      I agree. British people are famous for their loud, aggressive behaviour and falling down showing off their buttcracks after they had too much to drink. Go to Greece, Spain, anywhere in the Med and you’ll spot them from a mile apart.

    • Ariadne says:

      British cities on Saturday nights often look like the apocalypse has landed and everyone decided to get hammered and start spewing/rutting in the streets

  7. T.Fanty says:

    And let’s all take a moment to appreciate how utterly beautiful she is.

  8. Tamara says:

    If Pippa was intentionally trying to match the heart foundation’s logo, then job well done!

  9. ell says:

    i agreed with her until the not having the legs for it comment. i know she’s of an older generation, but i can’t agree with body shaming. if you want to wear a mini skirt, you bloody well wear it and who cares whether you have the legs for it or not. it’s about what makes you feel good about yourself, that’s what matters. the rest is a bit sexist as well, why shouldn’t women get drunk?

    i mean, i live in england, so i know exactly what she’s talking about. and yes the orange look is ridiculous and tacky and the drinking culture with teen agers/early 20s can get out of control and it’s nagl, but i’d just rather she made these points without body/slut shaming.

    • Alice too says:

      She’s talking about style and in that context, she’s 100% right. There is nothing chic about wearing something that doesn’t flatter your body type, regardless of what it is. I’m a bit surprised she didn’t bring up haircuts while she was at it. I don’t know how some of the women I saw while living in London could possibly have walked out of the hair salon thinking that the reverse mullet they just got was a good idea.

  10. Lisa says:

    Even if she is being judgy, so what. It is her opinion, and I agree with her, for the most part. I enjoy people who speak their mind. Also, good grief, Pippa is ORANGE.

  11. Farhi says:

    Brits sounds like Americans – obsessed with youth and in denial about aging and dying.
    When was the last time anyone heard a song about death in the US ? I think the answer is – Never.
    Many of the best Russian songs are about death and the meaning of life. That is a difference that is very obvious to me. People in the US barely ever ask – what do we live for, what is the point of it all? Not in the popular culture, I can’t speak for individuals, of course.

    • Jayna says:

      Lana Del Rey writes about death. LOL

      And you’ve got the older musicians writing about it. Bob Dylan, Neal Young. David Bowie’s Blackstar made in the U.S. where he lived, NYC.

      • embertine says:

        edited!

      • Farhi says:

        Lana Del Rey I think has this image, but her songs are about sad love, not the meaning of life or acceptance of death. And the lyrics are pretty atrocious, imo.

        Bob Dylan, Davie Bowie etc. I certainly agree with but those songs are not a part of the mainstream conversation.

    • mia girl says:

      I don’t disagree that generally American society is youth focused.

      But there are plenty of songs about death from American artists. Off the top of my head in recent years…
      “See You Again” Wiz Khalifa
      “If I Die Young” The Band Perry
      “Die Young” Kesha
      “I Will Follow You Into the Dark” Death Cab for Cutie
      “Afterlife” Arcade Fire (ok technically they are Canadian)
      “Lie in Our Graves” Dave Matthews Band

      And of course the American classis: “Don’t Fear the Reaper” Blue Oyster Cult

    • ciera says:

      @Farhi, I definitely agree as an American I live in a youth obsessed culture. But I think that death is a theme our culture continually revists and reflects upon– especially in music.

      @Mia Girl contributed some great picks, I have a few more off the top of my head. I’ve just happened to be listening to a lot of melancholy songs this week because tomorrow is the 10th anniversary of my dad’s passing. Not all are necessarily American artists, but they have received moderate to heavy airplay on mainstream radio.

      Wake me up When September Ends- Green Day
      Keep me in your Heart- Warren Zevon
      One Sweet Day-Mariah Carey and Boys II Men
      I’ll be Missing You-Puff Daddy
      Crossroads-Bone Thugs In Harmony
      Angel-Sarah McLaughlin
      In my Time of Dying- Led Zeppelin
      Landslide-Stevie Nicks
      Fade to Black- Metallica
      Ready to Die – Notorious BIG
      How to Save a Life- The Fray
      Tears in Heaven-Eric Clapton

      Ugh, I think next week I’m going to stick to some good comedic movies! :)

      • mia girl says:

        Landslide is such a classic. It never gets old (even if it is about getting old LOL)
        Don’t know how I forgot about the Green Day song. My son is learning it on guitar at the moment!

  12. Lucy says:

    Ok, this actually made me laugh. Gotta love KST.

  13. DeeDee says:

    She’s right that everyday women in Paris are into looking “effortlessly” natural whereas elsewhere the look can be more overtly artificial. One could argue though that a lot of French women look the same too. I’ve always loved her and think she’s stunning. She is more French than English at this point.

  14. Tala D says:

    I live in London, so from my perspective, yes, I agree that Pippa’s use of fake tan is at the “does she own a mirror” level. However, Pippa dresses very conservatively and in a much more posh style than most young English girls. Look at how the girls on The Only Way is Essex or Geordie Shore reality shows dress and I think you’ll find a better example of what Kristin is referring to. Pippa’s style, though often bad and matrionly, is waaaaay less trashy and misguided than the majority of girls I see around.

    • embertine says:

      Friday night out in Swansea in January (not that that is in England). So much mottled purple flesh on display that it looks like a zombie movie.

      • Tala D says:

        Haha oh I bet! It was the same up in Newcastle when I was at university!

      • ab says:

        I did a postgraduate year at newcastle in the mid-aughts. friday and saturday nights on the “toon” were definitely an education in pure class. lol.

    • perplexed says:

      I’ve seen pictures of Kirsten Scott Thomas’s sister. She seems to have that style Thomas is criticizing. Now I’m wondering if she was talking about her sister…

    • TrixC says:

      In Britain wearing mini skirts when you don’t have the legs for it is very much a working class thing. Posh Brits only ever wear short skirts if they have good legs.

      • Lostara says:

        People with not the right legs for mini-skirts wear mini-skirts everywhere, not just in England. At least that is what I see when I travel….

  15. perplexed says:

    English style sounds like North American style which kind of surprises me.

    I agree with her about spray tanning looking stupid, but I think comments would probably be mocked if said by an American actress (i.e Gwyneth? ). However, maybe these kind of comments sound better if said with a posh English accent.

    The part about some women not having the legs for a mini-skirt sounded kind of judgemental…(and I’m not even sure if Gwyneth would be dumb enough to say that).

    • alexc says:

      I don’t think it sounds better because she has a posh English accent. It’s because she is grace, style and talent personified. Gwennie is not. Also, there’s something to be said for maintaining a little mystery by not showing a lot of skin. It has nothing to do with being a prude or slut shamming. The most interesting and sexy people to me are the ones that unfold slowly…

      • perplexed says:

        She looks tremendously graceful and stylish — yes, I agree. But I don’t think her comments sound any less judgmental.

        I’m not someone who shows much skin, and I’m fairly conscious about whether my legs will offend people, but even I’m looking at her comments and going “What’s the point of talking about this stuff in public and to the media?” Doesn’t sound any less shallow or empty even if her style is better than her American counterparts. She’s 55, and in her interviews she’s either complaining about people ignoring her, her youth fading, and other people’s style. Even though she looks deep and intelligent, there’s no depth or substance emanating from her words.

        I might understand why she was talking about this stuff if she was talking to InStyle magazine, but that doesn’t appear to be the case here.

    • Jane.fr says:

      The “not wearing skirt when you don’t have the legs for it” does not surprise me. Maybe it’s cultural (I’m french), but I hear it like “do not wear a mini skirt/ a jumpsuit/anything because your friend or idol is wearing one. Dress for your body type.
      I, for one, do not have nice legs, but I do have a Great Rack. So it’s no mini skirt and low neckline.

      • perplexed says:

        When someone doesn’t have the legs for something, is that a more polite way of saying someone’s thighs might be too fat? In black pantyhose, I figured most people’s legs look fine. I guess I’ve never thought anyone’s legs were that terrible looking. Some actresses have been critiqued for having cankles, but their actual legs have never struck me as too ugly to be shown.

  16. Jayna says:

    Some of what she said is true and some is a terrible overgeneralization.

    I’ve always thought she was just so beautiful and talented. What I’ve hated these last few years hearing from her in interviews is it’s all negative. I’m invisible at this age, no one looks at me, can’t get parts, on and on. There is no joy coming from her in any interview. Give me Julianne Moore, the same age, 55, any day and her joy for this time of her life and what she radiates. It’s inspiring.

    • Ethelreda says:

      I agree. I’ve nothing against a good curmudgeon but Kristin just sounds so whiny.

      And maybe it’s because she’s been out of the UK for decades, but has she really never heard of Helen Mirren? Or Judi Dench? Or Maggie Smith? Or any of the many other older actresses who regularly find work in the UK? Britain isn’t perfect, but it’s way better than Hollywood when it comes to older women. I think Kristin has become more chauvanistically French than most French people.

      • Pepper says:

        Kristen is significantly younger than those actresses. In France she get’s to be the lead sometimes, to play women who actually have sex, to play interesting, messed up people. In Britain she’s too old for that, but not nearly old enough for the type of thing Dench and Smith are doing. She (and Rampling) were very smart to work in France so much.

  17. OhDear says:

    Is she talking about Parisian style or are the things she’s talking about common in France as a whole?

    Nothing against the French – it’s a lovely country – but I find Americans and British people’s fetish of it to be really weird.

    • Truthful says:

      “but I find Americans and British people’s fetish of it to be really weird.”

      hahaha!! Sooooooo true (from a french girl who lived some awkward moments due to that fetish ;D)

  18. Locke Lamora says:

    What is it with Brits who move abroad and bashing their own country? It’s becoming a theme here.

    • Farhi says:

      Criticizing your own country is healthy. It shouldn’t be viewed as an offense.
      Just as people who are never criticized and are surrounded by yes! men lose perspective, so do the countries and their populations.

      • Locke Lamora says:

        I think it is healthy, but criticisin things like politocs, or social issues. But the way women dress? And generalising that on an entire country just seems whiny.

      • Farhi says:

        “But the way women dress? And generalising that on an entire country just seems whiny. ”

        Agree with you there. Generalizing is a no-no, and she probably didn’t mean it that way. A lot of people do generalize without meaning to. I’ve been guilty of it myself for sure.
        To me it is a language issue, the linguistic structures lead to generalization. When she says ‘British’ she probably means ‘ 5 British women I ran into in the airport and they caught my eye while 5000 other ones without fake tans didn’t ‘ ))

  19. arbelia says:

    I”m french and from Paris, and I’m sorry , but Paris isn’t exempt of orange tan and mini skirts. I remember very well when i was in high school some girls already sported awful fake tan, and they weren’t even 16.

    I think people often forget that all Parisians aren’t posh girls or fashionistas who can afford designer clothes, or even simply girls with impeccable taste .
    In Paris, you can enconter girls who wear hippy or goth clothes, girls who like eccentric and very colorful clothing , other who sport very vulgar outfits. Or simply girls who just arent interested in fashion and wear very plain and banal stuff! BTW i already saw mini skirts in winter, and on not very graceful legs.

    Often i am quite baffled how people, often strangers ( Nathalie Portman for example….) like to romanticize the image of french and parisian people. It looks like for them France or Paris is only limited i the posh, touristic area where they live…

    • Truthful says:

      Ok. I am French AND from Paris too. Can you be a bit more specific on where can I spot those vulgar outfits, orange fake tans and january miniskirts, because in 28 yrs in Paris I didn’t got the chance to catch them. Can you help me out here ? where did you see those girls pls pls?

      • Freebunny says:

        Around Les Halles or Pigalle, lol.

      • arbelia says:

        Simple: in the tramway , in the metro , in streets too. I even had a french professor , some 10 years ago who liked to wear miniskirts -and did frequently- while being over the age of 50, and not having the body for that. And if you go in any district of the east of Paris, you can see some girls wearing cheap and not really classy clothes, and those girls/women are parisians too !
        It’ nonsense to pretend that all french or parisians girls are classy , elegant .That’s just not true.
        And we have our share of very vulgar celebrities, or wannabee celebrities too.

      • Sarah says:

        I sae plenty of awful “vulgar” outfits when I lived in Paris.

        Also, not sure how Canada got lumped with the stereotype of the “Canadian Tuxedo” when I saw innumerate Frenchies wearing not only double denim but TRIPLE OR QUADRUPLE denim. No joke. I saw denim hats, denim shoes, a denim vest over a long sleeve denim shirt. It is an epidemic.

      • Truthful says:

        @freebunny: near les Halles there are few parisians you know…and for Pigalle I live in the 9th and so I know quite well the area, and never saw the people you are describing ….

        @arbelia :”it’s nonsense to pretend that all french or parisians girls are classy , elegant .That’s just not true.”

        I agree with you on the french part not on the Parisian part, in Paris the “stylish” cliché is very very much alive…. the key word of you whole point is “some”, yes few vulgar chicks here and there , but they are just that “some” amongst a tremendous expectation of being stylish.
        And I don’t even say that it is a good thing as it is more a social pressure than anything.But Paris is very very stylish. It’s something I realize whenever I come back to it from a trip elsewhere

      • Freebunny says:

        Few parisians at Les Halles, is it a joke?
        Les Halles is basically the coeur de Paris, there’s many people from suburbs I guess because of the RER, but saying there’s few parisians is a total non-sense.

    • Nikki says:

      Actually, my son lived in Paris, and in the times I visited, I NEVER saw a Parisian woman in shorts and sneakers (tourists ONLY), never saw Parisian women in infantile clothes. They really favor chic understatement with class. I’m sure there are exceptions, but there is a real expectation for dressing and grooming with care. When I once belly laughed at a restaurant, literally half the patrons gave me a brief, annoyed look; I learned people expect a certain decorum in public. Even their DOGS are perfectly behaved in restaurants: all these tiny dogs sitting or lying still throughout the owner’s meal!! (Stepford dogs!). But I learned very fast to up my clothes choices while in the city..and the women do NOT dress young for their age, but with elegance or originality or both. They really do deserve their reputation for chi ness.

  20. Margo S. says:

    Lmao! British street style is really bad… like especially the more north you get. I was visiting a friend and could not believe the outfit she was going to wear out with me. I refused to go out with her looking like that and made her change. And yes, orange is the style. Self tanner is life in northern England. I didn’t notice it that bad in London but maybe thats because you have so many people from different countries…

  21. Lambda says:

    Sorry, Kristin, but you sound so judgey, esp the comment about skirts and legs.
    I never lived in Paris, and in the provinces the French women dress… normally, some are pretty well put together but some are not. I could praise the French women for their beautiful voice though, they have such elegant and sexy modulations across the board. I know it’s weird to say that all women sound beautiful, but, much like the vocal fry in America, I think a certain type of voice could be influenced socially.

  22. Mrs. Darcy says:

    I do think it’s a bit snobby/judgmental on her part (the fashion/orange comments). I am an expat of another kind, an American in Britain, and yes Brits do love their fake tan, and their drink, but seriously,the sun never shines here, we can’t all weekend in the Riviera like Kristin! (Ok I know she rocks her pale look, as do I most of the time, but sometimes I do fake tan, because oh my god my skin is whiter than a Twilight vampire from living on this godforsaken rainy ass island!).

    I’ve been to Paris twice and like any city there were elegant women and also less elegant women. I get tired of this perpetual “French women are so effortlessly chic” b.s. I know lots of stylish Brits, and yes they make an effort, just as the French women do, they are just more pretentious about it. French women are just as vain and beauty obsessed as any other culture, they just smoke more and act like that natural hunger suppressant is somehow “cool”.

    Anyway I do like Kristin, she is perhaps guilty of breathing too much rarefied French air though. I avoid it myself, like I could totally bash America all day long living here and people would love it, but I don’t, because I have loyalty to my homeland. Even though you bunch of dummies (jk) are seriously going to have Trump as a Presidential candidate – thanks for that, oh man am I going to pay the price for that over here! ;-) x

    • Truthful says:

      “they are just more pretentious about it. French women are just as vain and beauty obsessed as any other culture, they just smoke more and act like that natural hunger suppressant is somehow “cool”.”

      Wooaw talk about making generalizations and being judgemental ( to borrow the exact word you used).

      Twice… just twice… LOL

      • susan says:

        This is an article about generalizations and it’s completely fine to refute the generalizations in the article (“French women have better style than English women”) with examples of how it’s not true.

      • Truthful says:

        We got it Susan, you don’t like the french. hating is not refuting, but I am sure you won’t see any difference….

      • Mrs. Darcy says:

        I don’t think the first instance was in any way a generalization, just saying it’s the perception of the culture as somehow not having to try that is false, that we all do, we just do it differently. I wasn’t saying what Kristin said wasn’t true, just that it was a bit harsh. And if I was harsh on French women I apologize, but we get subjected to numerous articles and books proclaiming the French way of style/beauty/life/etc. is so special and superior constantly, that it does become irritating when it’s simply different, not better. So my reaction should have been worded “the perception we are constantly sold about French women”.

      • Truthful says:

        @Mrs Darcy:
        Your first comment was indeed a bit on the harsh side but then again now that you have put it in perspective I completely understand the irritation.
        If I was constantly showered with numerous publications I would be annoyed too.
        Someone on this thread said that american and british people have a kind of a weird fetish with France, I kind of agree ( this coming from a girl who met a weird american guy or two expecting from me to be every inch of cliché)
        Maybe people should stop reading these books no?

        Anyway thanks for explaining

  23. Joanie says:

    I’m an American who visited France last fall, and I spent plenty of time in Paris. I was amazed at the number of women who seemed to have barely run a comb through their hair that morning. I really expected to learn a thing or two from the women during my visit, but all that I took away was that deodorant is, um, optional. The Metro was a bit pungent.

    Lest you think I’m defending wintertime miniskirts and orange skin, I roll my eyes at them as much as everybody else.

    • Anon says:

      Euh seriously talking about making generalisation.

      • susan says:

        It’s easy to yell “generalizations” when you are offended by the opinion. But Joanie’s comments are actually the opposite of generalizations. She’s giving her first hand, anecdoctal opinion of her experience. She experienced the metro was “pungent” and it probably was.

    • susan says:

      I was just there and although I agree that French women dress better on the whole (and I love that it’s not common to see the type of thing Kristin is describing), I have to agree about the general rattiness of a lot of people on this last trip of mine. I described it to my mother as “the bag lady special”. Layer upon layer of ill-fitting, second hand shop looking stuff.

      And yes, the body odor is offensively bad whether people want to get in a tizzy about it being a generalization or not. I can’t recall smelling anyone’s bad body odor in the three years prior to that yet I was overwhelmed from the moment I got on the flight there. I sat next to a lovely middle aged French woman who was dressed nicely but every time she shifted, the wift was so bad. And there were multiple examples after that in Paris. I left for Berlin and London a week later and never experienced it again.

      • Truthful says:

        Just wow…roll eye… shrug …laugh! Ohhh Susan!

      • Mrs. Darcy says:

        I used to go to drama school with two French boys, one was a Parisian who was super suave and annoying/full of himself, but smelled good. The other was the sweetest, cutest French country boy, but he had the worst b.o. I’ve ever smelt in my life. Pretty sure NO deodorant had touched his beautiful body, ever. Still makes me sad…such a waste!

      • Joanie says:

        ‘Bag lady special’ is exactly how I’d describe a lot of the younger women’s style in Paris. I did see some women in their 50s with punked-out hair and miniskirts and Doc Marten type boots – perfectly put together and owning it, although that’s not my cup of tea. I’m very ‘you do you’ when it comes to style, but I’m going to appreciate you more if you make an effort than if you don’t. That’s what got me about the makeup-less, never-seen-a-comb-in-my-life French ‘style’.

        I found the style in London to be mostly put together – of course, I’m from New York so if you’re wearing tweed and a neck scarf in October, you have me at hello. Walking through some parts of London is like walking through some parts of Manhattan – people make an effort to look good, whatever their personal aesthetic may be. Most important was my experience on the Tube – London, like Paris, is a crowded city, so you’re bumped up against people when commuting. In London, I’ve never had to hold my hand over my nose and mouth until I reached my station. In France, that happened more than once, sadly.

        Every city has its chic element and its trash element. You can’t paint everyone with the same brush, it’s true. But my personal experience is that Londoners are more put together than Parisians, and have a hygiene routine that is more similar to what Americans are used to.

        What I don’t understand is how a lot of British celebrities start trashing their homeland once they reach a certain level of fame. What’s that all about? Didn’t Emma Thompson just trash Britain last week? What’s up with this?

  24. maggie says:

    I’ve always liked her as an actress but she’s coming off as a bit of a snob and somewhat bitter about her aging.

  25. susan says:

    She’s talking about chavs and reality star wannabes who emulate the folks from TOWIE and Geordie Shore. Or the thousands of women going out on any weekend who dress in cheaply made tight short dresses and heels. I highly doubt that she is talking about anyone like Pippa Middleton who, while orange, doesn’t really dress like that.

  26. spidey says:

    I’ve been out and about in the UK recently and I haven’t scene any orange women at all.

  27. M says:

    She’s talking the worst of British street fashion. Despite what she says, not everyone in France dresses impeccably and not everyone in the UK dresses horrendously. The people who dress in mini skirts in the middle of winter are in the minority – but if that’s what makes those specific people feel good then how is it any of her business? One could argue that the Kardashians are are a terrible example of American fashion, but if how they dress makes them feel good then what’s the problem??

    Her remarks come across to me as judgey and maybe this is the reason British directors don’t want to cast her!

  28. dbahr says:

    I used to like her but she’s slowly revealing herself as a terrible snob. Moving to France doesn’t make you French hun, no matter how much you try and launder yourself of any Britishness.

  29. HoustonGrl says:

    I’ve always had a huge girl-crush on her. She’s just so beautiful and talented.

  30. Betti says:

    Yes she has a very valid point. Go to any city or town outside of London and you will see this. Women (young and older) who’ve been tangoed, hair bleached to f**k, no eyebrows (or ones that look like they’ve been drawn on in the dark), makeup as thick as cement, shoes they can’t walk in and clothes that are way too tight/2 sizes too small. Manchester, Glasgow, Newcastle and Birmingham seem to be the natural habitat for this creature and they never wear coats, even if its snowing! Mental.

  31. Zaytabogota says:

    There’s nothing wrong with getting drunk and wearing a mini skirt as long as you can still walk straight and have a good figure. The orange part I agree with. It looks very dirty when people repeatedly put on the fake tan and they get streaks from where all the previous layers have rubbed off at different times. Most pale people have Lindsay Lohan skin with fake tan. Not a good look.

  32. toby says:

    I LOVE HER. I strive to age like her. she’s so graceful and real.

  33. Eggplant says:

    That pic of Pippa is too funny. Does she even realise? *shudders*

  34. Lostara says:

    I am over 40. I wear mini-skirts all through the year, even in November (you know, Kristin, there are those things called tights to keep your legs warm….). Sometimes I get a bit drunk. Sometimes I even wear a mini-skirt while getting drunk…… Oops. Wait….. What does that mean? Am I not German but British? Oh. Help – I am confused now. Help!

    ;)

  35. Lostara says:

    Honest question: several people really seem to have a problem with mini-skirts in winter – why? I wear them often, and even leather-shorts. I have plenty of chic, warm tights and five pairs of boots. A jeans is not warmer. I like my legs, I like my skirts, my thights and boots. And I am always looking and feeling good wearing them! Ha.

  36. betsy says:

    Let the French keep Kristin. I think it’s a win for the UK.

  37. spidey says:

    Don’t you just hate generalisations Kristin?