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Beware: this is a translation of a French book,
This review is from: Parisian Chic: A Style Guide by Ines de la Fressange (Paperback)
Several reviewers complain that much of the information in this book is of use only to women living in Paris. There is a reason for this: the original book was written in French, for French women living in France. This book is simply the English translation and the content has not been adapted to suit people living in the UK. Some reviewers have commented that the book contains no new ideas. There is a reason for this too: there is simply nothing new to say on this subject. Other books, and countless magazine articles, all give the same "guidance" which boils down to this: choose a few colours which suit you, choose shapes which suit you, choose a few quality timeless basics and build on them.
Anyone who is 5foot 11inches tall and has a figure like a stick insect (eg the author of this book)looks fabulous in almost anything, provided she struts her stuff with confidence, and does not need advice on style. Anyone who is 5foot 1inch and has a figure like a cottage loaf needs more help than any book can give, and certainly should not even think about the white jeans.
If you enjoy books of this type, buy it and enjoy it. But don't expect it to be life-changing.
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Initial post: 31 Jul 2011 18:59:02 BDT
This is one of the best reviews I've read on any book at Amazon. Clear, concise, to the point and above all, helpful. Thanks for this review - much appreciated as I very nearly bought the book.
Posted on 1 Sep 2011 11:45:59 BDT
the book was bought for me as a present, ok to read and got few style ideas but very hard to follow style advice unless you are a supermodel..
Posted on 23 Sep 2011 10:24:51 BDT
Mrs. Katy L. Thompson says:
I just loved this review, very clean cut, true & made me howl with laughter out loud - great sense of humour.
Posted on 29 Nov 2011 11:32:50 GMT
Shopping Queen says:
This review is brilliant. Made me laugh. I foolishly bought this book as a present for a friend on the weekend in a bookstore. Annoyed I paid full price for it and even more annoyed that based on this review it's probably a rubbish book!
Posted on 12 Feb 2012 15:58:25 GMT
Brian Jones says:
Great review, the white jeans reference is a classic - you should be on the telly!
Posted on 16 Mar 2012 16:26:30 GMT
love this review - saved me the price of the book! just going to stick to black jeans in future :)
Posted on 19 Mar 2012 15:57:38 GMT
What a brilliant review. I may still buy the book but your comments are so true and so amusingly written. Gave me an unexpected laugh!
Posted on 21 Sep 2012 08:38:48 BDT
I haven't read the book so won't comment about that and rarely leave reviews but....couch potato I think YOU should write a book, write it just as you think as you have a great sense of humour, made me laugh, easy to read - do it!
Posted on 4 Dec 2012 21:31:41 GMT
A. Macaskill says:
Haha brilliant review, I was also just about to buy this book for a friend (who is no supermodel). Yes, please, write a book, call it "JUST WEAR BLACK!"
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