269: 32 Ways to Be Parisian Chic

“Everyone knows you don’t have to be born in Paris to dress like a Parisian.” —Ines de la Fressange, author of Parisian Chic, Encore!: A Style Guide (2019) with Sophie Gachet, co-author ~Subscribe to The Simple Sophisticate: iTunes | Stitcher | iHeartRadio | YouTube | Spotify In 2011, Karl Lagerfeld’s muse and the first model to sign an exclusive modeling contract with the haute couture […] Listen now or continue reading below.

“Everyone knows you don’t have to be born in Paris to dress like a Parisian.” —Ines de la Fressange, author of Parisian Chic, Encore!: A Style Guide (2019) with Sophie Gachet, co-author

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In 2011, Karl Lagerfeld’s muse and the first model to sign an exclusive modeling contract with the haute couture fashion house, in this case Chanel, Ines de la Fressange published her first Style Guide. Becoming quickly a New York Times Book Review bestseller, eight years later, she has updated her much applauded Parisian Style Guide.

Parisian Chic, Encore!: A Style Guide was recently released this past November. Having written a detailed a review when her original book was first published (have a look), the updated version contains 50% new content, 300 full-color illustrations/photographs, and is completely refreshed. Now admittedly, much of the original holds true and is still a valuable resource, but if you too have the original copy, you know that the latter half of the book is a resource of addresses of boutiques, restaurants and many other Parisian locales recommended by de la Fressange. As one might imagine, these had to be updated.

Today, what I’d like to share with you are 32 Ways to Exhibit Parisian Chic style whether in your wardrobe, home or lifestyle because whether we live in Paris, wish to visit Paris or not, incorporate one or many of her style tips will help us to cultivate our own unique signature style. Let’s get started.

~Be sure to tune in to the audio version as much more detail is shared on each of the items shared below.

Sartorial Style

1.Muster up courage and ignore the trends (p.13)

2. Create a vintage collection of your own (p.14)

3. Remember to let your style evolve (p.30)

4. Practice discretion when it comes to labels and accessories (p.12)

5. Take on the role of ‘buyer’ for your own wardrobe (p.15)

6. Hone the skill of ‘mixing things up’ (p.16, 26, 28, 29)

Wear a high end designer pant with a simple white shirt

7. Mix patterns and soften with white (p.21)

8. Know the universal rule of proportions when it comes to good style

  • balancing loose with close-fitting (p.26)

9. Simple is good

“Not everything you buy has to be interesting. A nice scoop neck sweater is a must. You can wear it with jeans and a long necklace —it will look elegant without being boring.” (p.32)

10. Welcome men’s accessories into your wardrobe – especially belts

Worn and too long for a traditional outfit, belts with such descriptors are perfect for cinching everything that needs a waist. (p. 27)

11. Avoid fashion faux pas (p. 34-37)

Such as T-shirts with supposedly funny sayings and leggings (unless you are headed to yoga class or a your daily workout is calling).

12. Style idea for a date – cropped black trousers, a man’s white button-up shirt and low heeled or flat shoes, but don’t forget nice lingerie (p.41)

13. Don’t be afraid of sneakers (stylish and thoughtful, bien sûr) (p. 45)

  • Setting: a respite in the park for a snack or to simply catch your breath
  • Dress Code: Jeans, a sweater or sweatshirt with a dash or deluge of color and sneakers

14. When packing for a getaway, bring denim (p.48) . . .

. . . also a loose shirt, white jeans, two long-sleeved shirts, a white cotton dress (and to view the entire list visit page 48-49).

15. Buy the right leather jacket . . .

. . . which is “as close fitting as possible with high armholes and patch pockets”. (p. 54)

16. Never follow diets. Rather follow Ines’ golden rule:

“Pay attention when you are eating and stop when you are no longer hungry.” (p. 171)

Interior Style

17. Remember the truth about dinner parties – they are coming to see you, not for a gourmet meal (p. 170)

18. Dinner party – a simple, yet delicious dinner, followed by an amusing dessert (regarding the presentation). (p. 170)

19. Stick to a central theme in your home decor

View/Listen to episode #22821 Parisian Decor Ideas from Ines de la Fressange’s New Decor Book

20. Make decor statements with a single piece of furniture – a chair, a settee.

Thoughtfully chosen items can stand-out against a neutral palette

21. Welcome the scented candles . . . to every room

22.Harmonize containers in the kitchen (p. 152)

23. Use vases to store kitchen utensils (p. 152)

24. Display a painting on an easel instead of the wall (p.156)

25. Collect and display a variety of ceramic items on a table – trés Parisienne (swap regularly) (p. 156)

26. Choose an inviting sofa (large, comfortable, plush is that is your liking) (p. 156)

27. Keep your eye out for a vintage stepladder to place next to a bookshelf (p. 156)

28. Unification in the closet – hangers of the same color

29. Give everything in your closet a front-row seat

So you can see what you have and wear it! (p. 162)

Final Thoughts

30. Don’t worry about buying last season’s trends

31. Walk or bike as much as you can instead of hopping into a car (location dependent)

32. Know what true effortless style is . . . “self-confidence and a smile” (p.26)

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6 thoughts on “269: 32 Ways to Be Parisian Chic

  1. Re point 15.; close to body garments; especially high underarms. Women who’ve had a mastectomy & axillary surgery just cannot wear such garments. One gravitates to a larger fitting for comfort in the underarm area & around back as a prosthetic in a bra does tend to make itself felt towards late afternoon. Problem with larger fitting is shoulder width & shape. My blouses are regularly re-sewn to fit these areas. Garments with some stretch are bliss. Leather can be iffy, as can linen. Having written this, I do wear a vanilla coloured leather blazer but only over a fine jumper or stretchy material blouse for comfort.

  2. Terrific review! I’m off to buy a copy – what a pleasure to read it in front of the Christmas tree. The TV series looks great, too!

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