Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Fabulous Florida Mommy *Book Club*...Parisian Chic: A Style Guide by Inès de la Fressange

Happy Wednesday Everyone! Today I am starting another edition of *Fabulous Florida Mommy Book Club* and this time our read is Parisian Chic: A Style Guide by Inès de la Fressange.:)

The first excerpt is taken from PART 1...Dress Like a Parisian.

1. Parisian DNA

"YOU don't need to be born in Paris to have Parisian style—I'm the perfect example, born down south in Saint-Tropez! Parisian style is an attitude, a state of mind. Between rocker and ho-hum bourgeois, a Parisian is always first, never second. A Parisian steps lightly around the fashion traps of the day. Her secret? She breathes the air du temps and puts it to good use, her way, and always with the same aim: fashion should be fun. The Parisian follows a few golden rules, but she likes to transgress, too. It's part of the style. Here's my six-point guide to the Parisian gene code. C'est facile!"
"Outfits are out: Coordination is a crime — mix it up! Knowing how to mix styles and labels is essential. A clever mix of chic and cheap hits the jackpot when it comes to dressing, á la Parisienne. Teaming a vintage It bag with a basic cashmere sweater takes more flair than slavishly copying the latest runway styles. The Parisian is a free spirit — she does not buy a matching blouse and skirt from the same store. The rule is simple: chic means never having to buy a complete outfit. To be reinforced constantly."

"Bye-bye bling: Vive la Rive Gauche! Left Bank Parisian style travels well, and stands out in a crowd. The Left Bank Parisian stalks the streets of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, steering clear of anything bling. Never look rich — glitter and logos are not her thing. A true Parisian is not looking to snag a billionaire husband. She is uninterested in spending for its own sake and sporting the labels to show for it. She seeks chic, and demands quality. Her definition of luxury? A brand that guarantees good taste, rather than an all-too obvious price tag."

"Explore! J'adore...The Parisian loves discovering new labels, especially if they're creative and affordably priced. She will rave about a great find in the humble supermarket (yes, really! Parisians adore the Monoprix chain), but never fights to be first with the latest high-priced It bag, especially not if it's waiting-list only (so vulgar...). Her wardrobe is a clever mix of cheap and affordable buys, holiday purchases, and a handful of luxury pieces. Impossible to tell if her jeans or denim jacket are from Gap, Notify, H&M, or Hermés! She won't blow her salary on the latest "must-have" — she can't afford it, for one thing, plus she has faith in her own talent as a fashion stylist: why spend so much on something she could have designed herself? The Parisian knows she will never go out of style. She sweeps fashion aside (but she always sports a telling detail gleaned from the latest trends). It's part of her charm."

"If it feels good, wear it. You'll never hear a Parisian complain that her skirt is too short, her dress too tight, or her heels too high. Fashionistas and style gurus all come to the same conclusion: "The secret of great style is to feel good in what you wear." The Parisian knows her shape, what suits her, and what matches her lifestyle. If you don't feel comfortable in a plunging sweater, skin-tight jeans, and killer heels, go home and change!"

"Worship no idols. The Parisian never worships fashion idols. She is a fashion icon in her own right (but she still secretly admires Jane Birkin and Charlotte Gainsbourg, and their faultless offbeat style: grey cashmere sweater + jeans + Converses or vintage boots = the ultimate aspirational look). And she adores her super-stylish best friend (every Parisian has one) who sports a look all her own, never outdated, all while sailing serenely into a certain áge. Her personal fashion idol may not be famous. The more obscure the better, in fact. Like the best designer, she takes inspiration from the street."

"Beware of good taste. Who knew that black and navy were made for each other? No one — until Yves Saint Laurent gave us permission to boldly go where no one had gone before....Today, the unlikely duo is a must for every elegant soirée. Know how to take liberties with fashion's sacred dictates. Some rules are meant to be broken, including the ones in this guide, bien sûr! You love orange dresses with yellow shoes? Go for it! Everyone will want to copy you some day. Fashion is constantly evolving, and that's what makes it so interesting. The day will come when Parisians decree that mini-shorts with leopard-skin bomber jackets and studded ballet flats are the best things since sliced bread. Be prepared...."

(All the information above is from the book.) 

So what are your thoughts on the first excerpt from the book? Do you agree with what Inès de la Fressange has to say? Will you consider following her six-point guide to the Parisian gene code? Please do share! :)



  1. LOVE this book. LOVE the tips. LOVE the pictures.
    Favorite quotes "She seeks chic, and demands quality. Her definition of luxury? A brand that guarantees good taste, rather than an all-too obvious price tag" and "Her wardrobe is a clever mix of cheap and affordable buys, holiday purchases, and a handful of luxury pieces. Impossible to tell if her jeans or denim jacket are from Gap, Notify, H&M, or Hermés!"
    Can't wait for the Part II.

  2. Yey! Another Book presented by FFM!
    Many thanks- such a treat.

    This book looks like an Excellent choice.
    Mais évidemment!

  3. I do love the idea of high low, and putting luxury items with more affordable pieces.

  4. I love your book club posts FFM and this one is going to be so fun!
    Great tips so far, especially the "feel good in what you wear"!
    Very much looking forward to the next installment.

  5. I saw this book in a magazine and thought about picking it up so I'm glad to see this as your pick.

    I love all of these tips, but especially the one about wearing what you feel good in. Parisian chicks always seem to have this effortless, I wear what I like air about them and that kind of attitude goes a long way in projecting a sense of style.

  6. I really enjoyed this post and all the tips. The only one I just cannot get on board with is wearing black and navy together. I just cannot stand the two together whether on me or anyone else. Just does not look aesthetically pleasing to me.

  7. Love it!! I already don't use that many accessories, so I think I'm right in there with the Parisians, not! Haha.... As a lover of everything French, I can't wait till you post the next chapter! Thank you for sharing!!

  8. PS: Have you read I <3 Your Style by Amanda Brooks!? SUCH a good read!

  9. Hi ladies! Thank you all for stopping by today! I'm thrilled to hear that you all are excited about this book. I'm really looking forward to sharing more of it with you! :)

  10. THIS BLONDES LIFE: I haven't read the Amanda Brooks book yet, but it is definitely on my *must read* list. :)

  11. I love the mixing chic and cheap. So true. True too for decorating I say. You have to know what to buy expensive (and real) and what to buy at Target. lol

  12. Great post, I just had to order this book on Amazon after reading this!

  13. Thanks for this! I've been wanting to order the book!

  14. FFM
    check the NYT style section there is an article about Ines and her book today

  15. suburban mom, Stacie, Peggy, and Isabella: Thank you for stopping by to share your thoughts! :)

    Isabella: Thank you for the information about the article in NYT...a very interesting read!

    Have a wonderful evening everyone! :)

  16. How exciting. This is on my Amazon wishlist. It's clearly giveaway season...