Paris Street Style: A Guide to Effortless Chic

Paris Street Style: A Guide to Effortless Chic

by Isabelle Thomas, Frederique Veysset


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One city always seems to win the award for most-wanted style—Paris, where people walking down the avenues mix timeless and trendy pieces in a way that appears effortless. French fashion writers Isabelle Thomas and Frédérique Veysset break down the “je ne sais quoi” of Paris street style, describing the essential elements that should be in everyone’s wardrobe. Renowned experts on French style—designers, stylists, editors, and celebrities—also chime in to reveal their favorite accessories and how to create multidimensional looks and make affordable clothing appear luxurious. Starring both fashion icons and anonymous women met on the streets of Paris and richly illustrated with hand-drawn sketches and Veysset’s striking photographs, Paris Street Style is an inspirational fashion guide that will allow you, no matter where you are from, to cultivate an everyday style of timeless glamour, careless, easy chic—votre style français.

Praise for Paris Street Style:

“In this fun new book, a pair of fashion bloggers promise to reveal the secrets of their compatriots’ mysterious and seemingly innate ability to look sophisticated under any circumstances. With the help of hand-drawn illustrations and photos of models, fashionistas and anonymous women met in the street, they dissect the essential elements of les Parisiennes’ deceptively casual, highly individualistic brand of urban chic and offer readers tips galore on creating their own personal style.” —France Magazine

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781419706813
Publisher: ABRAMS
Publication date: 03/12/2013
Series: Street Style
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 256,326
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Isabelle Thomas is a personal stylist, journalist, and editor. She writes the blog Mode personnel(le) for the magazine L’Express styles. Frédérique Veysset is a fashion photographer, who contributes to publications such as Allure, Vanity Fair, Marie Claire, and Glamour. She also writes the fashion blog FredisBlog. Both authors live in France.

Table of Contents


What is French Style?: The Cultivation of Effortless Chic 6

1 Find Your Own Style: The Art of Wardrobe Management 12

2 Should we Keep up with Fashion?: Or Should It Keep Up with Us? 24

3 False Absolutes: Clichés That Are Hard to Dislodge 36

4 As in Fashion, So in Life: Friends You Can Count On 50

5 The Power of Accessories: Details That Add an Extra Oomph 64

6 Making Cheap Look Classy: How to Wear Mass-Produced Clothes with Style 80

7 Condemned Without a Fair Trial: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly 94

8 Denim for Every Day: Dressing from Monday Through Sunday 106

9 The Bag of Your Life: You Can Even Be Unfaithful 118

10 The Little Black Dress: Is It Really Essential? 128

11 Welcome to the World of the Bourgeoisie: How to Class It Up 136

12 Stolen Clothes: How Much Can You Steal? 150

13 Secondhand Clothes: How to Buy and Wear Them 168

14 Can I Still Get Away With This?: The Limitations of Age 178

Our Favorite Places to Go in Paris 186

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