- File Size: 195 KB
- Print Length: 28 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: December 13, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B006LXJARE
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #703,076 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
How To Dress Like A French Woman: The Beginner's Guide To Dressing Classic, Chic,Sexy And Elegant Just Like The French Kindle Edition
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My personal story about a French woman:
There was an elegant woman which I saw every morning at a bus stop on Park ave and I would look forward to seeing her because just looking at her gave me such a pleasant feeling for all day. She was probably in her early seventies and I had an impression she must have been a French descendant from her apearance, although I can not be sure since I never spoke to her. She was a slim woman, always had a good posture, wore the same black coat, the same scarf on her hair, the same earrings, and the same lipstick which is a little too pink for her age but which made her look very unique and beautiful. I knew she was from working class since she was still working that age, her clothings were otherwise ordinary if not worn by her, and I once saw her getting into an old apartment building where rents are not that expensive. I never saw her accompnied by her family member so that I just assumed she was alone. However, she wore this powerful air of elegance you can't buy with money and she was not afraid of wearing everyday the same clothings which she must have chosen carefully to fit her very well. Sorry, it is not easy to explain by words, but that was when I first understood it is the style you create for your own that makes you look distinctive, not the expensive clothings. She was so powerful that I can't forget her today, more than twenty years later. When I go to sleep at night, I sometimes wonder if she is still alive in NYC, or I should have at least smiled at her and asked her name, and likes, since this old lady gave me so much assurance that whereever I end up, I still can be elegant if I choose to be.....
The above is my personal image of creative, independent French women..... And this little book satisfied me and somehow reminds me of her again. It is concisely written, no repetitions. I like the ending words of this book; if you want to dress like a French woman, you must make fashion a priority in your life. It takes efforts to establish my own style, and so I should not expect to learn something entirely by reading only one book. I hope I can achieve my goal by my early seventies and then encourage young girls. It seems to be something to pass on to the next generations, French culture is very rich and deep to me.
I'm still unsure if this is simply the same author under a different name and a dollar cheaper. Either way, it's redundant. In fact that is not the only familiar thing in this book.
In her very first "chapter" she includes a slightly rewritten description of an older French woman that Vicky Archer originally wrote in her blog French Essence. I thought it was familiar, something about a purple quilted purse and black lace leggings. Sure enough, vicki's blog entry on Bien dans sa peau' was dated August 16 2011, and this author's work is dated 2012 in copyright. Part way thru I recognized another bit of Vicki's blog entries. Some of it is very close to passages in other books such as Helena Frith Powell's All You Need to Be Impossibly French: A Witty Investigation into the Lives, Lusts, and Little Secrets of French Women or passages I remember from Anne Barone's Chic & Slim: How Those Chic French Women Eat All That Rich Food And Still Stay Slim
If you've read much at all in the French Chic genre, or in the French diet books, you will be stunned at how much is lifted, changed ever so slightly and included in here.
Several other books did a far better job of distilling the tips for dressing with French Chic. For a similar price, but far better (and ORIGINAL) content look at How to be Chic and Elegantor The Little Pink Book of Elegance and for a bit more in cost and covering more than just clothing look at Entre Nous: A Woman's Guide to Finding Her Inner French Girl or All You Need to Be Impossibly French: A Witty Investigation into the Lives, Lusts, and Little Secrets of French Women or Lessons from Madame Chic
Save your money, and put it to one of the other titles, you will be happier.