Stylish Read: Parisian Chic

August 15, 2011

SMARTS, STYLE

Ines de Fressange book style guide dressing french

This is the first of the four stylish reads I had planned and I couldn’t be more pleased with my choice. Truly. I TORE through this book in a matter of an hour.

Written more as guide than as book, this book is filled with with bulleted lists and hip, Instagram-like pictures (of de Fressange’s gorgeous daughter, Nine d’ Orso) that are easily replicable and understandable. de Fressange boils the French wardrobe down to seven core pieces: a blazer, trench coat, navy sweater (cashmere preferred, bien sur!), white tank top, little black dress, straight legged jeans and leather jacket.

Each piece is discussed and fantastic advice on how to wear it as well as where to shop for it follows. Better than that, de Fressange shares some secrets on how French women think about their clothes and their lives. The expected Do’s and Don’ts lists are there, but there are some unexpected tidbits of information that really are fantastic. Just because French women look effortless in their style doesn’t mean their style is thoughtless. There’s a method to the madness.

The second half of the book covers beauty and even places to shop, eat and stay if you are traveling to Paris. I didn’t find that as compelling as the style-focused, first half, but you can bet I’ve bookmarked some key retailers to visit online and in person when the opportunity arises.

I found Parisian Chic on Amazon and on sale*. It was completely worth the less than $18 I spent on it and I know I’ll be referring to this book endlessly for quick inspiration. Highly recommended.

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