Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Paris Street Style: A Guide to Effortless Chic

"They envy us for the je ne sais quoi that is so characteristic of French style, the effortless, unstudied chic of it: the tangled hair of Vanessa Paradis, the faded jeans of Charlotte Gainsbourg, the masculine shirts and ballet flats of Inés de la Fressange, the look of Clémence Poésy... French women are more sober in their clothes choices than the flamboyant Italians or the eccentric English. We live in a country where female elegance is anything but ostentatious."

There is something so sophisticated about Parisian women. I love how they can throw classic pieces together in an effortless manner; how they can wear gorgeous heels with any outfit and get away with it; how they can just stick their hair up with ease and call it a messy updo; how they possess so much confidence in their style that they can wear what they like, in any situation, and still go out of the house without a scrap of makeup on! Ahhh, to be a modern day Parisian woman with the right balance of work and home life, and a penchant for guilt-free lunch dates...

I guess this is what made me stumble across this gorgeous Breton-striped book on Amazon a while back. Paris Street Style by Isabelle Thomas and Frédérique Veysset is an intriguing mix of fashion tips, advice, pretty illustrations, interviews and beautiful full-page photographs of typical women of all ages galavanting around the French capital. Interestingly, the book has no mention of striped t-shirts at all which I found crazy - I mean, what is the first thing you think of when you think French fashion? Despite being initially drawn into this book because I thought it looked nice (judge a book by its cover just this once), I can safely say that it has fast become my go-to source for fashion advice!
The book goes through several small chapters that offer all kinds of witty advice and some really helpful tips on how to gain the effortless chic style of a Parisian, plus a handy index that suggests places to go in Paris - so style guide and travel book all in one! I have to say that my favourite tip they provide is the suggestion of wearing new heels with socks for 15 minutes each day to break them in - very clever! I also had no idea that a small percentage of synthetic material is actually good for your garments because it provides longevity!

From sorting out your current wardrobe to finding your staple handbag (yes, apparently you only need one), from busting fashion myths and clichés to thrift-shopping to make the old brand new again, the book offers readers a chance to experience many facets of style and incorporate it in their own wardrobe to make life easier. There's a whole section of how to style denim Monday through to Sunday which is one of my favourites since I practically live in Topshop Joni jeans. They even condone stealing clothes - no, not in the way you think - I'm talking about raiding your boyfriend's wardrobe for oversized shirts, and having a peek in your grandmother's stash for vintage opportunities. 

Even though the main purpose of the book is to advise and offer incite, you can obviously pick and choose what chapters apply to you. It's not about changing your fashion sense - in fact they stress the importance of finding your own style - it's more about knowing what works for you and how you can make smart style choices. 
I just love everything about Paris Street Style. I don't want to reveal too much of it, otherwise what would be left for you guys to discover? It's one of those things where if you're interested in it, and are inspired by the simplistic French touch, then you should really give it a look! All I can say is that it has definitely made me look at my own wardrobe and realise that I don't need half of the clobber I've got shoved in there. Which reminds me, I must have a good clean out soon and start on my own path towards Parisian chic!

It's definitely one to keep on your coffee table. 

Do you have a style bible? How would you best describe your style? 
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23 comments

  1. I have this on my Amazon wishlist, hopefully I'll get it soon, it looks fab!

    Catherine xx
    www.youwishyou.com

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    1. It's really handy, even if you're just looking to sort out and revamp your wardrobe! Xx

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  2. This book looks so good! Definitely going to buy it!
    Jodie xo // La Lune Song

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    1. The photographs are honestly stunning too! It makes me lust after their clothes so much! Xx

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  3. Cute book! I need this! I'm dying to visit Paris.
    www.prettythoughtsx.blogspot.co.uk

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  4. Such a cute book! I've always loved the French style.

    hellomissjordan.blogspot.co.uk xx

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    1. Effortless chic is definitely the best way to describe French style! Xx

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  5. This book looks amazing. I totally agree with Parisian Style and didn't even know a book like this existed! It'll definitely be added to the wishlist! :)

    Sarah / Sarah Smiles

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    1. I was exactly the same! Then I found this book and suddenly my whole Amazon recommendations was full of similar books. I guess there's a book on everything - it's just a matter of finding it! Xx

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  6. I've heard some mixed reviews on this one but as someone who loves these kinds of things I definitely want to give it a go!

    nueyork.blogspot.com

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    1. Oh really? I've not read any other reviews on it so I can only go by my own opinion. I love it though! Xx

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  7. Oh wow this book looks gorgeous I always judge a book by its cover which is terrible but this one seems to pay off ;) xxx



    Blondeofcarbs

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    1. I know, same! It's a bit of an awful habit to have really, but it's great when it pays off and the content is just as lovely! Xx

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  8. Checking out your blog following yesterday's #bbloggers chat and really liking it. I often work in Paris and love the Parisian style. It's flawless. This is definitively a book I need to add to my collection.

    ps: following you on your social media xx

    Alexandra
    Glam O’Clock | Beauty Blog

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    1. Thank you lovely! Wow, working in Paris sounds like a dream! Xx

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  9. Ooh I am so happy I've came across a review for this book, I have seen it on amazon for ages and kept wondering if I should get it or not. It sounds amazing though and your review of it was so good that I'm taking it as fate that I should maybe buy it now haha! Your blog is beyond pretty, I love it! X

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    1. Ooh hope you enjoy reading it! And thank you, very sweet of you to say! Xx

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  10. This book sounds amazing. Definitely adding it to my amazon wishlist and it looks so cute. Great review
    Beth x
    Mermaid in Disguise

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  11. This is definitely something I will be adding to my bookcase, I'm always in search of some good classic french style advise. I love the elegance of french style and how simplistic it can be and it is a trend I have been fascinated with ever since discovering fashion. I wonder if they do a home decor edition? Ambermarie

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    1. Ooh I would love a home decor edition! Xx

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  12. this book sounds amazing im so getting it i was looking for another book and i saw this one but i thought it would be boring but when i read the summery i so wanted to get it.

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