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The Parisian Woman's Guide to Style Paperback – October 29, 1999
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If you want to be a fashionista, then this book will probably not be up-to-the-minute enough.
I stumbled across this book long after it was first published. Even thirteen years after it was published I find this book very helpful. Any of the looks in this book can be worn today and look just fine.
The authors say they were not focusing on the style of the la branchee (trendy) or avant garde (cutting edge) but of the BCBG (bon chic bon genre), the classically elegant French woman. French Chic: How to Dress Like a Frenchwoman, covers trendy and fashionable styles in more depth.
The authors focus on the look that shows polish, urbane city sophistication. It is the style that can be seen on the streets of the Right Bank of Paris, Manhattan and Milan. And with a little imagination and country fabrics can look wonderful in a country atmosphere, too.
The outfits are put together for the climate of Paris. Paris is on the same latitude as Seattle and Vancouver and has similar weather. Women in warmer climates may want to wear lighter fabrics, lighter colors and cooler styles.
The authors are actual native Parisians, not people who visited or lived in Paris or France for a time. The authors wear their own clothes and outfits. You can see they are incredibly chic and not simply claim to be.
The outfits worn by both mother and daughter highlight that this chic look is appropriate at any age. A young woman could adapt this style of dressing and look chic and elegant for the rest of her life. A mature woman would simply look fantastic.
The book speaks to those who like a well-to-do look. It can be helpful for those who move in wealthy circles, work in upscale boutiques or have wealthy clients.
The looks in this book use high quality clothing and accessories. Many high price designer items are featured. At the time the book was written, the authors owned a jewelry store in Paris. They of course wear the upscale jewelry that they sold.
With classic styles and colors this style of dressing can be created in just about any price range. And the lessons taught can be used for many styles of dressing.
As the book shows, the key is to buy classic pieces in neutral colors. The neutral colors are dark brown, steel gray, navy blue, sandy beige, khaki, deep bordeaux, ivory and white and of course black. Some chic elegant color combinations are navy and white or beige, brown and beige, white and beige, pink and gray, and black and white.
Overall it is a good and helpful book.
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