How to dress like a Parisian

April 3, 2011 § Leave a comment

I envy french women. I envy how they can pull off the simplest looks, where on me for example, I end up looking like an unstylish American. Luckily, If you too have the desire to have the simple elegance of those gorgeous parisian women but built more like…well…a normal person, then Ines de la Fressange’s new book “Parisian Chic: A Style Guide” is the thing you need.

In a interview with Vogue’s Lynn Yaeger, de la Fressange explains her philosophy:

Keep silhouettes classic and colors neutral, but within these rigorous confines allow yourself the joys of experimentation. ‘What I don’t like is convention. It’s boring. You don’t have to stick to black just because you’re round, doing that is just sad. If you’re lanky, consider a man’s overcoat; even if you are Amazonian, watch the jewelry, you are not Nancy Cunard! And regardless of your shape, flock to navy blue. Buy Cashmere. Consider the multifunctionality of a long shirt over lean pants. Drink carrot juice instead of soda. And most important, Laugh. Talk. Move.'” (Vogue, April 2011)

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