Wednesday, June 15, 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 read of Parisian Chic: A Style Guide by Inès de la Fressange. :)

Part Six: Fashion Faux Pas!

"Fashion changes with the seasons. Gaucho pants will be shunned one year and in every color the next. The same goes for overalls, Norwegian sweaters, and thigh boots. Identifying fashion faux pas can be a tricky business in such conditions. But some looks and trends will always fail to flatter. Read on for the Parisian's most-scorned style blunders."


*Bras and transparent plastic straps: No one ever gets used to them. A stylish, visible bra is far sexier, and if you really want to wear a strapless dress or top, how about a strapless bra, too?

*Thongs with ultra-low hipster jeans: One of the fashion's great mysteries.

*Visible thigh highs: Unless you're on stage at the Crazy Horse!

*No matter how big or small your bust, not wearing a bra is always a mistake.


*Never wear a necklace and earrings at the same time— too much! The same goes for rings on every finger. As for accumulating bracelet(s) + ring(s) + watch + earrings + necklace. Non, non, non, non, non! Even at Christmas...

*It should come as no surprise that scarf rings are prohibited.

*Body piercings: "No future" is the wrong kind of fashion statement...


*Too-sexy bikins in lurex and sequins: Think Ursula Andress or Halle Berry in their Bond Girl briefs. Much more attractive.

*A swimsuit with too much lacing or complicated cuts: You'll see why when you take it off after a day in the sun.

*Bikini briefs too small to cover your bottom: The Parisian keeps a bikini line á la Brazilienne, but not the bikini to match.


*White fringed boots: There are more sophisticated ways to achieve the Wild West look.

*Hair scrunchies: Too girly.

*Fanny packs or bum bags: Even if some designers are trying to promote their comeback, these are too practical to be attractive. Just say non, whatever the season. And especially if you're a tourist!

*Plastic flip-flops: And pool sandals. Guaranteed to shatter the chic-est of looks.

*Sandals with white socks: Unless you're an actress in a New York art-house film. In Paris, the combination is practically illegal.

*Matching tights, shoes, and bag: No, you can't.

*Backpacks, once you've left college.

*Back-to-front baseball caps: Ask yourself if a baseball cap even the right way around is really a good idea? Choose a sailor's cap or a straw hat instead.


*Too-tight shirts that gape at the buttons across your (ample) chest. Choose an ample shirt instead, and never button it up all the way up.

*Leggings: Seldom a good look on anyone.

*Leather suits: Even if leather is in this season. Even if Angelina dares to wear one. Even if you see them all over the magazines. By all means go for the leather jacket or pants, but never the two together. Too showbiz.

*Fishnet T-shirts: Difficult to see how these could possibly flatter anyone, apart from Madonna in Desperately Seeking Susan.

*Cropped T-shirts: Displaying your navel away from the beach is never chic. It's a matter of proportions.

*Leopard-skin dress with plunging necklines: Too sexy is not sexy. 

*Nightgowns printed with favorite children's characters: I have never met a man who was seduced by a Hello Kitty nightie!

*Transparent pants: What's the point of wearing pants if they reveal all?

*Supposedly witty "message" T-shirts: "My boyfriend's out of town.", "Gold Digger".... Do I really have to explain why?

*Too many mixed materials: Satin + velvet + chiffon + tweed = textile overdose. "

(All the information above is from the book.)

I think most of the advice in this chapter is spot on, but will say that I do not agree with all of it. Specifically the part about never wearing a necklace and earrings at the same time. Perhaps if they are both over-sized, but if one or both items are dainty or just a *normal* every day size, I think it is perfectly fine, and can look quite lovely.

What are your thoughts on Inès de la Fressange's *Fashion Faux Pas*? Do you agree with what she has to say? Will you consider following her advice? Please do share! :)

Have a lovely day! :)



  1. ciao,

    interesting ....lots to think about


  2. I was thinking the same thing, FFM. Never a necklace and earrings together? I don't know where that comes from or why she'd suggest that.

    A lot of her advice relates to fit and proportion and those things are always important. Other bits of advice seem so arbitrary.

  3. FFM, I'm with you on the necklace and earrings together. If they are both statement or oversized I agree, pick one, but subtle complementary jewelery can be worn together. I didn't find anything else to disagree with in that segment. Thanks for these book posts, love them.

  4. The white cabbage, Desert Flower, and xoxo: Thank you all so much for stopping by to share your thoughts.

    The only other statement she made that I don't really agree with is regarding a baseball cap, worn the correct way. I think there are certain times when it is ok to wear one, such as when you are exercising outside. A straw hat or sailor's cap would be inappropriate then, IMO, but a baseball cap works perfectly in that case. :)

    Have a great day!

  5. Just a quick comment on your posts from this book - did you get permission to post scans of the book? There are copyright issues at hand here and web permissions are more than print permissions to post someone's work. If you haven't, you really should request the permission from the publisher to post this material (I work in publishing so I know this.).

  6. Anon, do you not think the fair use doctrine applies here?

  7. I was surprised by the no necklace/earrings too! I wear both all the time, though not oversized on both.

  8. How fantastic, ahhhhhhhhhhh I must get the book inmediately.
    Thank you so much.
    Besos and a superb weekend.

  9. desert flower, I'm not sure but it seems to me (as I've been following this blog) that's it's been scanned almost page for page. It's one thing to reference lines from a book and credit them to the book but this is another. Why would anyone reading the blog go out and buy the book now?

    I'm not meaning to be the debbie downer but this could get the blog into trouble and I see customers violate copyright law all the time. I know clearing web permissions to reproduce written material online for ebooks and such is VERY $$$ compared to print as the audience is much wider. I just think the blogger might want to double check with the publisher on this one.

  10. Anon @8:57pm: Thank you for bringing this to my attention and for the advice. I had initially thought this series was covered by the Fair Use Doctrine, as Desert Flower mentioned, so I did not contact the publisher. However, I also had not intended to scan as many pages of the book as I have thus far, so I have now contacted them and am waiting to hear back. Thank you again for commenting...have a lovely day. :)

  11. Peggy and sacramento: Thank you ladies both for stopping by! :)

  12. Thanks for posting! This has inspired me to check out the rest of the book!