This is definitely a huge dream of mine. I once traveled to London in a month long study abroad course, and we had a week off from studying where my friends and I decided to go to Paris together. However, as the fates would have it, I got incredibly sick, and I was bed-ridden for that whole week (plus an extra couple of days).
Fast forward years later, and I am finally going to get to go. Of course, one of the first things that entered my mind was: What am I going to wear? I definitely didn't want to look like a tourist, so I've been looking around at some advice that other bloggers and youtubers had posted about their trip. When I typed in "parisian chic" on the Google search engine, this book also kept popping up, and I knew I had to have it.
Parisian Chic A Style Guide by Inges de la Fressange with Sophie Gachet
Ines de la Fressange was once the muse of Karl Lagerfeld, the current head designer and creative director of the haute couture fashion house, Chanel. If that wasn't enough, at the age of 51, she walked the runway for the Spring/Summer 2009 collection at the Paris Haute Coutre Fashion Week for the Jean-Paul Gaultier collection. Did I also mention that she is the daughter of a marquis, which makes her an aristocrat?
No, this is not Ines, but a picture of her eldest daughter, Nine, posing for a series of pictures in this book. I saw this picture months ago, and I've always wondered who the model was. It makes me think: Can someone without an inch of Parisian blood in her ever get that kind of style? According to Ines, apparently you can.
This book also offers some places that Ines recommends to shop while in Paris (clothes, furniture, etc.), where to stay, things to see, etc., so it's not a bad guide for someone who's going to Paris. Ines only dedicates one section of the book to Parisian apparel, so I wouldn't recommend this book to someone who wants to read it for a full workup of how to dress like a Parisian. None the less, the advice the Ines gives make it sound amazingly simple.
With that said, I've decided to put the Magnificent Seven (a man's blazer, a trench coat, a navy sweater, a tank top, a little black dress, jeans, and a leather jacket) to the test in the next few months before my trip. Let's see how it turns out!