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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Abrams Image; 1 edition (5 Mar. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1419706810
  • ISBN-13: 978-1419706813
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 1.9 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 54,223 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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We want to be as cool looking as the women in this book. --The Herald

Here, a pair of French fashion writers are happy to share the real secrets of what to wear and how to wear it...if you want the je ne sais quoi of Parisian style with plenty of practical tips, this is the book for you. --Easyjet Magazine

About the Author

Isabelle Thomas is a personal coach, stylist, and journalist. She writes the blog Mode personnelle. Frédérique Veysset is a fashion photographer who contributes to Allure, Vanity Fair, Glamour, and more. She writes the urban fashion blog fredisblog. Thomas and Veysset are the authors of the bestselling Paris Street Style Shoes.


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By Susie B TOP 100 REVIEWER on 11 April 2013
Format: Paperback
Full of striking photographs of beautiful French women exhibiting their own brand of Parisian style, this book is one that's great to keep handy on the bookshelf or coffee table, to either flick through for inspiration, to inform and enlighten, or to just enjoy looking at. In this attractively presented book, the authors show us the essential items that everyone should own: the trench coat; the v-neck cashmere sweater; the well-cut jeans; the butter-soft leather jacket; leather riding boots; low-cut ballet flats and, of course, not forgetting the LBD and, crucially, how the right accessories can make all the difference - which, to be honest, many of us will already know, but it's nice to have this reinforced and in such an attractive way. And not all of the women photographed are young, which is good to see - although they are all slim, of course. If you don't know Paris, there's a useful directory at the end of the book listing the authors' favourite places to shop and eat - so all in all, a book to enjoy, but definitely not one to be taken too seriously. And don't totally believe the subtitle on the cover "A Guide To Effortless French Chic" - I have more than one Parisienne friend and I know that they put effort into everything regarding the way they present themselves - it just doesn't necessarily show!

4 Stars.
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I'm obsessed with all things Parisian and this book is fabulous. French women have a more eclectic, relaxed, androgynous style that really suits my personality and I've enjoyed tweaking my own style in line with the advice in this book. I like the fact that it focuses on how accessories can really change or personalise a look, meaning you can look incredibly stylish on a budget! It would take a lot of confidence to adopt this style the way I'd want to in the UK, living in suburbia but I'm slowly making the transition! I bought this recently for a friend for her 30th birthday and she has loved it too. Definitely a good gift for someone who has reached the point in their lives where they are less concerned about fashion trends and more interested in finding or defining their personal style. It is now sitting by my bed and when I'm in the mood for some style inspiration I have a flick through it. I can't see me putting it away any time soon!
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Having previously purchased Ines de la Fressange's " , I was hoping for more of the same. However this book was a big disappointment. The clothes and accessories featured in the book bear little relation to anything your average Parisienne would wear. The premise of Fressange's book is that Parisian style is classic with an edge. The premise of this book is that Parisian style is outrageously trendy: hot pink tights, body piercings and tattoos, etc There is very little practical advice and the interviews are of minimal interests too. Avoid this and buy Fressange's book instead.
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By Lola TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 18 Oct. 2015
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Paris Street Style: confusion overload! Do we buy high street or do we avoid high street like a plague (after all, it’s cheap materials + fashion that you can spot everybody wearing). Do we buy signature pieces from second hand shops or do we invest in signature pieces once to last a lifetime? Do we cover IT bags or do we never buy anything designer (unless you absolutely have to) and look for cheaper priced alternatives? Seriously, one chapter to the next offers contradicting advise, the chapters in between offer simple truths as some ground-breaking truth of Parisian chic (i.e. never wear white leggings… Duh.).

All in all, not very helpful/insightful. But it was good to know that some “rules of Parisian style” are actually how you dress everyday, notwithstanding the advice. In any case, this book got me interested – will be reading Berlin Street Style next!

P.S. Remember: "People who are covered in monograms from head to foot project nothing but the depth of their pockets."
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I don't usually leave negative reviews on my purchases but for this book I will make an exception.
I love the notion of Parisian fashion, retiring in a cottage in Provence, the whole french lifestyle etc, so collect books that effectively fuel this French fire.
I loved reading 'Parisian Chic' by Ines de la Fressange, and 'Two Lipsticks and a Lover' by Helen Frith-Powell, so when I came across this book in Urban Outfitters I gave it a quick flick-through and bought it for much cheaper on amazon.
Upon the initial flick-through, I got the vibe of a street photographer/blog vibe, interspersed with what looked like advice on looking 'Parisian', ergo, chic.
However, once I finally got the book at home and read it more thoroughly I can see that this book does not continue in the same friendly, helpful or motivating veins as Ines' or Helen's books.

There are tips, sure, yet the authors of this book do a number of negative things effectively turns this book into a magazine made by French women who like to talk about themselves and their friends.

The first is the obvious endorsement of the brands/styles/blogs of their friends. 'Vouelle' shoes? Never heard of them? You have now! And this is what the owner of Vouelle shoes looks like! And this is what she likes to wear every day! With her Vouelle shoes of course! Here is an excerpt from a chic girl's blog (replete with heavy eyebrows and moody look blatantly copied from Amy Winehouse)! This is what she wears! And thinks!

The second is the blatant snobbery running through this book. I know that snobbery is integral to the French way of living, but the tips you get here indicate that you can buy vintage but ONLY if it is of a designer label.
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