The French’s effortless sense of style is both intoxicating and covetable – who wouldn’t want to emulate that laissez-faire attitude, not to mention their sixth-sense in choosing a superb Burgundy.
But when (yet another) weekend break to Paris just isn’t possible, immersing yourself in a beautiful French lifestyle book could prove the next best thing.
Curl up with our choice of five French fashion books and enjoy the French way – with café au lait in hand…
Paris Street Style & Paris Street Style: Shoes
Isabelle Thomas & Frédérique Veysset, Abrams | New York
[Images courtesy of Abrams | New York]
Delightfully fun, feminine and frivolous, you’ll spot Paris Street Style and its sister title, Paris Street Style: Shoes by their cute Breton stripe covers.
The accessible guides boast wearable style tips, pretty illustrations and inspirational style photography straight from the streets of Paris. Learn the art of wardrobe management, how to make cheap clothes look classy and the secrets to looking your best at any age with this perfect pair of Paris street style books.
Read for: Absorbing imagery, genuinely accessible style-advice and great shoes – need we say more?
Fashion Insiders’ Guide: Paris
Carole Sabas, Abrams | New York
[Image courtesy of Abrams | New York]
Vogue Paris correspondent, Carole Sabas has an unshakable reputation for knowing ALL the best places to go in Paris – and she shares her secrets in this chic city guide. Fashion Insiders’ Guide: Paris is full of cherry-picked recommendations on the best flea markets, restaurants, florists and drinking hotspots.
Want to while away a few hours in the city? Head to 7L Bookshop, owned by designer Karl Lagerfeld.
Read for: Ideas that will make your next trip authentically Parisian.
How to be Parisian
Sophie Mas, Audrey Diwan, Caroline De Maigret, & Anne Berest, Ebury Press
Learn how to make your boyfriend jealous, the virtues of a ‘signature item’ and more in How to be Parisian. Fun, spirited and brilliantly original, four French amis relay what it is to be Parisian, no matter your postcode.
Peppered with beautiful imagery and witty tips the BFFs tell you how to throw a dinner party à la Coco Chanel (FYI, never have more than six guests) and how to dress like a Parisian (invest in a signature item).
Read for: Tongue-in-cheek humour, style and life advice and a chic interior update.
Ines de la Fressange, Flammarion
Like a faithful diary, Parisian Chic is brimming with French fashion secrets from model-turned-designer-and-author Ines de la Fressange. Bound in red-leather, Ines shares French style through photographs of daughter, Nine, alongside practical wardrobe advice and hand drawn illustrations.
Ines even divulges that her bathroom towels are from La Redoute – in chic black and white, of course.
Lesson learnt? “Parisian style is an attitude, a state of mind”.
Read for: Fashion, interior and lifestyle advice to grow up with
Rhianna Jones, Ulysses Press
The prettiest phrase book you ever own, the black and white Parisienne French is plucky, humorous and full of amusingly authentic expressions. From pronunciation tips to flirting in French, become a ‘more Parisian you’ and realise your dream of a fluent French rendezvous with this useful pocket-size education.
Read for: French slang you can’t wait to put into practice.