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Book Review – How To Be Parisian Wherever You Are

Book Review – How To Be Parisian Wherever You Are My rating: 4.5 out of 5

If you’ve travelled through Europe, the flawless class and natural style of French women won’t have escaped your notice. Trying pin point that certain something which makes French women… so French is hard, but who better to tell you than French women.

How To Be Parisian, Wherever You Are caught my eye simply because it was going to answer all my questions during a flight from Sydney to Auckland. I’ve never read a book with so many authors, but then again perhaps this is the kind of subject matter that requires multiple contributors. It’s an easy read, but entertaining  and witty nonetheless with easy to digest dialogue.

Toss aside all perceived notions of snooty French people rolling their eyes and giggling, they may in fact have the answers.

24-Hour Look – The Essentials 

  • Jeans “anytime, anywhere and any way . Take a Parisienne’s out of her closet and she feels stark naked“.
  • Men’s Shoes – “Simply because everyone says that these chic, flat shoes are not meant for women but you’re contrarian by nature. In fact thats the very essence of your style
  • Basic Over-sized Sunglasses.
  • The Very Simple, but very expensive T-shirt.

What You Won’t Find In Her Closet:

  • Logos – You are not a billboard
  • Ugg boots – Enough Said

I won’t ruin the surprise, you’ll need to read the book… but I can safely say I’m going to be more Parisian in  wardrobe choices going forward. If only I could show the restraint required.

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It’s her personality that sparkles and nothing else: the signs of intellectual wealth”

On Attitude:

Always be fuckable: when standing in line at the bakery on a Sunday morning, buying champagne in the middle of the night, or even picking the kids up from school. You never know.”“Embrace your inner snob. (Because let’s face it, that’s who you are.)”“The Parisienne is arrogant.”Okay… perhaps the snotty French perception remains, and for good reason.

But… it’s a few wee pearls of wisdom, and the  sporadic hints at pure unequivocal style that make this book such a delicious read. 

“Enjoy the face you have today. It’s the one you’ll wish you have 10 years from now.”

“As your face gets messier with age, you hair can get neater, for balance.”

“In short, you’re not a slave to the cult of the perfect body—so learn to make the best of what nature gave you.”

While this book isn’t a great literary masterpiece, it’s also not War And Peace… it’s the smart girls version of a trashy novel. The right amount of wit and charming banter.