Parisian Chic

"Fashion fades, style is eternal"
-Yves Saint Laurent
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Style is something that will never fade as the years go by. I am in heart with Paris right now. I have always wanted to visit and experience the city for everything that it is worth. From food to shopping. But, what I am most interested in Parisian style. Tom and I are planning on going to Paris in the fall and I am looking forward to the planned trip. 

Right now, I am in the middle of reading Parisian Chic: A Style Guide by Ines de la Fressange. Ines de la Fressange was a model for Chanel in the 80s and has shared the secret of Parisian style in this book. You can get the book from Amazon for $18 and any other bookstore that sells it. The guidebook is packed full of tips on what to wear, where to shop, where to eat as you navigate the city of light. It guides you through the simple secrets of French beauty and style. The advice on fashion is both practical and elegant, that touches on suggestions on how to make one's wardrobe more edgy, classic and much more interesting. To me, the book at times is very lighthearted and is written in such a relaxed  style. Ines tells you what not to worry about and about what matters. It's very engaging and has made me laugh out loud a few times. I loved how her advice makes me feel a little bit more secure in my own skin and not to follow trends but to make the trends my own. Let's face it, no one wants to walk down the street dressed in head to toe animal print. I know, I don't, but, I'm sure there are others who do. I'm just not one of them. I'll probably take the animal print trend and add a twist to it. 

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The art of Parisian style has that certain je ne sais quoi that seems intangible and elusive but yet at the same time, very chic and effortless. In the book, Ines breaks down the Magnificent Seven, which are the basics that are key to creating a Parisian style in any scenario. Some of the these, I'm sure, you probably have in your closet. The above pictures, shows Ines' daughter, Nine, modeling each of the basics. 

The Magnificent Seven: 
  1. A Man's Blazer
  2. The Trench
  3. The Navy Sweater (cashmere)
  4. The Tank
  5. The LBD (Little Black Dress)
  6. The Perfect Jeans
  7. The Leather Jacket
With these seven items, Ines shares many ideas on how to meld it into anyone's wardrobe. She also lists many fashion faux pax and a celebrity style inspiration. Aside from these fashion advice, she continues to give advice on accessories from bags to shoes to jewelry. 

The book is very easy to read, and the layout is very playful and interesting. So, if you are interested in reading the book and in emulating the French style, go get your own copy.

"A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous"
- Coco Chanel


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