Monday, 24 October 2011


This is by-far one of the best style guides that I've read! Written by Parisian fashionista Ines de la Fressange with Sophie Gachet, Parisian Chic is divided into three easy-to-use sections. The first part of the book was actually the inspiration for my "Building a Wardrobe" series; it explains all the must-have pieces of a Parisian-inspired wardrobe and how to style them. Next, de la Fressange has a small section on beauty products and makeup and, finally, a longer section on where to shop in Paris. Although the last section may not seem immediately useful to those of us not living in Paris, it provides some great ideas for inspiration, like army surplus stores, spice shops, flower markets, spas and more. It also has a component on kid's clothing, as well as some great storage tips!

This book is particularly great because de la Fressange knows her stuff. As a former model, fashion designer and muse of Karl Lagerfeld, the author is familiar with the fashion world and how to dress various shapes and sizes. I particularly love how she breaks down her wardrobe into a selection of important statement pieces. Absolutely worth the read!

Overall: A+
Organization: A+
Practicability: A
Writing: A+ (plus lots of cute illustrations to demonstrate her points)

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