Thursday, April 28, 2011

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

Happy Thursday Everyone! It's time once again for Fabulous Florida Mommy *Book Club* and this week we continue our reading of Parisian Chic: A Style Guide by Inès de la Fressange. :)

The second excerpt is taken from Part 2...The Not-So Basics.

"BRILLIANT basics are the key to a great look! Parisian style is simple (well, almost). Make sure your wardrobe includes the Magnificent Seven: a man's blazer, a trench coat, a navy sweater, a tank top, a little black dress, jeans, and a leather jacket. After that, it's all a matter of composition. What effect are you aiming for? How to transform your basics? What to avoid? Here is a user's guide for that "made in Paris" look."

The Blazer...


"The Essential Look: *The masculine/feminine. And definitely not the masculine/masculine. You have to know how to give it that feminine touch.

The Transforming Touch
* Belt it!
* Push back or roll up the sleeves—the ultimate "easy chic" statement. Even better when the lining's a different color.
* For daytime, wear it with pants in a contrasting color (jeans are always good).
* For evening, match the jacket and pants (black on black, a perennial favorite).
* Wear it with a white shirt casually unbuttoned at the top for a subtly sexy look. A lace, silk, or satin camisole adds a further touch of chic.

Fashion Faux Pas:
—→A miniskirt with a masculine blazer—an ultra-feminine skirt kills the jacket's impact.
—→An oversized jacket with linebacker shoulder pads. No, you can't! Keep it fitted.

Celeb Style: Navy blazer + white chiffon shirt + white jeans: a clean, crisp look that suits everyone!

Hall of Fame: The Yves Saint laurent tuxedo jacket. Wear it as the man himself suggested, with nothing but a bra underneath. Obviously the YSL version isn't within every woman's reach, but its fabulous success means it has been widely copied by affordable chain-store labels. Merci!"

The Trench...

"The Intended Look: You've been wearing it forever, like a second skin.

The Transforming Touch:
* Roll or push up the sleeves and scrunch the collar to make it less rigid.
* Never, ever buckle the belt properly like a good little girl. Tie it in front or behind with the buckle hanging loose. Unobtrusive fashion statements like this ("Life's too short," or "The buckle's broken but I love this coat so much I found a solution...") are very, very Parisian.

Celeb Style: With jeans, dinner-suit pants, over a little black dressis there any occasion when a trench coat will not do? It goes over everything and with everything!

Fashion Faux Pas:
—→ The military look. Never over-emphasize the (wartime) "trench" aspect of your trench coat....
—→ With a long skirt. No one wants to look like a statue or a chess-piece.
—→ With a twin-set, rope of pearls, straight skirt, and hair band. Avoid this particular fashion statement (which says very clearly "No fun...!"). Unless you are sixteen years old, with an extra helping of irony.
—→ In polyester.

Hall of Fame: The Burberry, bien sûr! Plenty of other versions look the same from a distance, without the legendary lining, but it's still a great look."

The Navy Sweater...

"The Essential Look: Clean-cut but not too straight-laced. Understated, but more sophisticated than a plain black sweater. (Admit it: sometimes black sweaters are just too easy!)

The Transforming Touch:
* White jeans. Two items that are made for each other.
* Black pants, in honor of Yves Saint Laurent's brilliant way with chic color combinations.
* With flat shoes for an "easy cool" look.
* With heels and a bunch of bangles for evening (think "clink" not "bling").

Celeb Style: White jeans + V-neck navy sweater + high-heeled sandals + leather jacket.

Which Fabric? Cashmere, of course. Too expensive? Not true! Parisians snap up the cashmere collections at chain-store sales and rave about their finds at Monoprix stores throughout France. Remember that cashmere lasts far longer than other wools or fabrics, wash after wash!

Fashion Faux Pas:
—→ Any navy sweater is timeless! Éric Bompard ( is often cited as the official supplier of virtually every Parisian. But New Yorkers (Gap) and Tokyo-ites (Uniqlo) have their favorites, too!"

(All the information above is from the book.)

*The Not-So-Basics will be continued in a future post.

What are your thoughts on the second excerpt from the book? Do you agree with what Inès de la Fressange has to say? Will you consider following her advice on the Not-So-Basics? Do you already own these basics? Please do share! :)

If you're considering some of the *Not-So-Basics* take a look at these...

The Blazer:
*Elizabeth and James Twill Blazer
*Barneys New York Solid Blazer

The Trench:

The Navy Sweater:

Enjoy your day! :)



  1. I look ridiculous in trench coats. Yesterday I was wearing the Roger Vivier shoes that Ines always wears, everyone here thinks they are frumpsville!

    Having a give away today, pop by!

  2. I am in love with the navy sweater/white jeans look. So chic.

  3. I did a search for that Merona Trench on the Target site and they have it in Petites, yay! I'll be ordering it today :)

  4. I never wore trench coats until recently, when I snagged the J. Crew Icon trench last year for a bargain (a popback at 6 a.m.!). It's now my go-to spring/fall coat. My husband really likes it and pays me a compliment every time I wear it, so it must be good!

    I love Inès' style. Thanks for posting the excerpts!

    P.S. I'm also hosting a giveaway, which is ending this Sunday - hope you enter!

  5. Oops, my memory is failing me - many thanks for entering my giveaway and for following!! :-)

  6. Tabitha: Thanks for letting me know about your giveaway! I just stopped by to enter a little while ago! :)

  7. Momoberry: Yay! So glad you found the trench in petite. The price is really nice, too.

  8. Louise: I finally invested in the Icon Trench last year and am really glad I did. I know I will have it for a very long time. :)

    How nice that your DH compliments you every time you where yours! You are right, when your DH notices and compliments something you wear, it definitely has to be good!

  9. I've never been able to rock the blazer look, but maybe it's time I tried.

  10. Hi Darling!!Wow!!
    When I was in Cortina d'Ampezzo for christmas, my grandma (who really ADORES ines) was reading this book.
    Then one of the 10 days I was there, I took it and read it just in one day, all day long, beautiful book:-) I also wrote down the web sites ines recommends:-)
    Really great taste. If you have time, on my blog, in the home page on the right, you can find the section: most popular post.

    Well, I wrote a post about ines too, for my grandma, and by now, is considered the most read on my blog:-)
    Read it if you like:-)
    And have a great day, today you can alo find the photos of my outfit used yesterday at LUX, and tomorro the first part od clothes I liked most there!

  11. Classic, Timeless, Brilliant Advice.

    Thanks so much for sharing this!!