Accessories/Jewellery in French

People complete their looks by either adding some accessories or jewellery. In this article, we will be learning some new words that you can use to talk about accessories in French. 

1. une alliance

Meaning: a ring, usually made of gold, worn to show that you are married

English: wedding ring

Example: Mon fiancé a oublié de porter l’alliance au mariage. (My fiance forgot to carry the wedding ring to the wedding.)

2. une épingle

Meaning: a decorative object, used as jewellery

English: pin

Example: Elle a mis une épingle décorative à son chapeau pour le mariage de sa sœur. (She put a decorative pin to her hat for her sister’s wedding.)

3. une barrette

Meaning: a small, decorative piece of plastic, metal, or wood that a woman or girl wears in her hair, often to stop it falling in front of her face

English: barrette

Example: Elle a récemment acheté une variété de barrettes. (She recently shopped for a variety of barrettes.)

4. un chapeau

Meaning: a covering for the head that is not part of a piece of clothing

English: hat

Example: N’oubliez pas de porter votre chapeau pour les vacances à la plage. (Don’t forget to carry your hat to the beach vacation.)

5. les faux bijoux

Meaning :accessories that are made using a variety of artificial materials

English: imitation jewellery

Example: Ma sœur préfère porter des faux bijoux. (My sister prefers wearing imitation jewellery.)

6. Une pince à cravate 

Meaning : a small, thin, often decorative piece of metal worn across a tie to fasten it to a shirt

English: tie-clip

Example: Je voudrais une pince à cravate avec un petit diamant. (I’d like a tie clip with a small diamond.)

7. des gants (m)

Meaning: a piece of clothing that is worn on the hand and wrist for warmth or protection, with separate parts for each finger

English: gloves

Example: Le gant qu’elle aimait depuis des longtemps avait maintenant des trous. (The glove she liked since ages now had holes in them.)

8.un cache-nez

Meaning: a thick scarf 

English: muffler

Example: Ma mère m’a demandé de porter un cache-nez lorsque l’air est froid la nuit. (My mother asked me to wear a muffler in the cold night air.)

9.un châle

Meaning : a large piece of cloth worn especially by women or girls over their shoulders and/or head

English: shawl

Example: Ma grand-mère tricote un châle pour le bébé. (My grandma’s knitting the baby a shawl.)

10.des lunettes de soleil

Meaning: dark glasses that you wear to protect your eyes from bright light from the sun

English: sunglasses

Example: Il va faire très beau, n’oubliez pas de porter vos lunettes de soleil.(It’s going to be very sunny, don’t forget to carry your sunglasses.)

11. un pendentif

Meaning : a piece of jewellery worn around the neck, consisting of a long chain with an object hanging from it, or the object itself

English: pendant

Example: Mon fiancé m’a offert un pendentif en diamant pour notre anniversaire. (My fiance gifted me a diamond pendant on our anniversary.)

12.un portefeuille

Meaning: a small folding case for carrying paper money, credit cards and other flat objects, that can be carried in a pocket and is used especially by men

English: wallet

Example: Il oublie souvent de prendre son portefeuille avec lui. (He usually forgets to carry his wallet anywhere.)  

13. un ruban

Meaning: a long, narrow strip of material used to tie things together or as a decoration

English: ribbon

Example: Les filles portent généralement des rubans dans les cheveux pendant les jours d’école. (The girls usually wear ribbons in their hair during school days.) 

14. une montre

Meaning: a small clock that is worn on a strap around the wrist or, sometimes, connected to a piece of clothing by a chain

English: watch

Example: Il porte généralement la montre que lui a offerte sa femme. (He usually wears the watch gifted to him by his wife.)

15. des moufles

Meaning: a type of glove with a single part for all the fingers and a separate part for the thumb

English: mittens

Example: Elle portait une moufle en cuir sur sa main gauche tandis que sa droite était nue. (She wore a leather mitten on her left hand while her right was bare.)

I hope you can now easily use these words to talk about accessories in French. For more such vocabulary, keep reading our blog. You can easily learn French online with us. Stay tuned for more interesting blogs.