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French style: How to think, shop, and dress like a French woman Unknown Binding – 1993


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Product Details

  • Unknown Binding: 93 pages
  • Publisher: EXPRESS (1993)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0006P3WBS
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,213,480 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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60 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Lee Mellott TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 5, 2005
Format: Paperback
"French Style - How to Think, Shop and Dress Like a French Woman" was published by Express (the clothing store) in 1993. The book design is unusual. It is a an oversized 10" by 9" soft cover book with a stiff book jacket cover making it a cross between a hard cover and soft cover book.

The text is illustrated with line drawings and a number of photographs (mostly black and white). It helps you learn to THINK like a French woman. It will help you learn to make the decisions a French woman would when shopping, dressing, playing and more.

French woman are known for their chic appearance and attitude. Within these pages Vienne who was born and raised in France conveys what it is that makes the French woman so stylish. She begins by looking to the past. A look at how the French fashion evolved. Then she shares the purebred classics that make the French look - items such as the supreme black turtleneck, hermes scarf, red gloves etc.

Vienne encourages you to "epater les bourgeois" that is shock say a French matron. Here is where you wear things that will raise the eyebrow such as a sweater turned inside out, sunglasses in the rain etc. As Vienne says "you cannot have style without breaking the rules". Take what you have and add little twists to make it special and give it style.

In the States we dress "appropriately" in France a French woman will push buttons - be surprising and fresh.

Vienne gives a list of "do's" and "don'ts" and she gets into "Le Shopping". Armed with more attitude than cash the French woman will use her wits and savvy to find the very best.

Like the design itself this book is very unusual. Not your usual dress like this fare. This is a book that goes beyond the obvious of what is style and helps explain the mystery of how to make style yours.

French style is not a trend, it's a way of life. A way of thinking and feeling. Veronique captures that in this book!

Lee Mellott
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Megpinni on April 25, 2007
Format: Paperback
I, too, bought this book from Express way back when and read it religiously numerous times. As a high school girl who didn't want to look like a tart, Mme. Vienne's words of wisdom were just what I needed to create a classy style of my own.

Sadly, I donated it to the Goodwill or Friends of the Library a couple of years ago, during a momentary lapse of reason and good common sense. Guess I thought I didn't need it anymore. Boy, was I wrong!

Get it if you can, my dears, as it's a great read for the exact reasons the other reviewers love it. Thankfully, I still remember a lot of the advice.

I wish I still had mine!!!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By S. Fishburn VINE VOICE on March 29, 2006
Format: Paperback
If you're lucky enough to come across a copy of this funny little book, grab it immediately!
The illustrations & photographs are marvelous, darling! See Audrey Hepburn, the museums of Paris, street cafes & much, much more. The history is fascinating, the tips practical & usable.
And if you're into book "altering", this book is oh so chic!
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Laura MacDonald on May 7, 2007
Format: Paperback
I bought this book about 5 years ago. Just casually flipped through it and read only parts (I don't why). Now, I've found another copy and have read it from cover to cover. I honestly don't think I was ready (5 yrs ago) to tackle the suggestions in this book. I am now.

I can't think of anything that's more inspiring or more helpful for getting the French look. I've read all of Anne Barone's books (helpful) and the tres terrible French Chic and this is absolute best..hands down.

The best thing I have come away with from this book is that you don't needs tons of money to create that French allure. The tips and tricks in the book anyone can do and will create that mystique you're after.

Today, I decided to mix navy and black together (as the book says "Very French") and I've gotten a few second glances. Shock les bourgeois...ooh I do feel so very French!

Get your hands on a copy of this book and don't let go!

Amusez-vous bien!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 2, 2009
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This book came highly recommended, and I had the opportunity to obtain it for far less than the usual list price of vendors [$60+] Being OOP has alot to do with it. It's a softback book, measuring about 8x9", less than 100 pgs with lots of illustrations and photographs. It was informative and enjoyable, but NOT worth that kind of cash, unless you're a collector. If you can locate it in a library - terrific! Otherwise, check out authors Anne Barone, Mireille Guiliano and others who have imparted and expanded on similar information about the allure of "French Women."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bobbi O'Brien on February 20, 2013
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So so book. The information was vague and not what I remembered. There are better books available for the money.
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