5 things “How to be Parisian: Wherever you are” taught me

“…open and honest in the book about how they know they can be snobbish about things, they give a 21st Century Parisian girls view on pretty much everything. From going on a first date to the French films you should watch.”

It will come as no shock to you now that I love France and Paris in particular. The fact this blog is called Reverie de Paris is potentially a massive giveaway to that! How to Be Parisian: Wherever you are came out in 2014 and it was one of the Birthday gifts I received from my friend because she knew that I would totally love it and I did – plot twist.

How to be Parisian: Wherever you are is by Sophie Mas, Audrey Diwan, Caroline de Maigret and Anne Berest. Four Parisian ladies with more style than you could shake a stick at. They are open and honest in the book about how they know they can be snobbish about things, they give a 21st Century Parisian girls view on pretty much everything. From going on a first date to the French films you should watch.


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This book is not be to taken overly seriously. It is a humourous, fun and spirited look at Parisian females and their attitudes towards life. Like most things in life, take it with a pinch of salt. There are many parts of this book that made me chuckle out loud due to the sheer honesty and realness that the four authors present. If you haven’t already, go and snap yourself up a copy because it really is a great read. Especially if you are as much of a Franceophile as I am.

5 things “How to be Parisian: Wherever you are” taught me

One : Look after your extremities

Keep your hands and feet in tip-top condition. Keep your nails short and clean with a classic polish.

Two : The Essentials

From jeans to a black blazer with a stop off at a small skirt scarf. This is the definitive list of how you can build a wardrobe full of Parisian chic staples.

Three : Less is more

Rather than baring all, a little glimpse of your shoulder is how the Parisians do it. They are tactical in their exposure without being overt.

Four : Own your bad habits

She drinks vodka in the evening and green tea in the morning” and she owns it.

Five : What you won’t find in a Parisian’s wardrobe

Mas, Diwan, de Maigret and Berest taught us the essentials for your wardrobe and they have broken down what you will never find in a Parisian’s wadrobe. From half way high heels to logo-d tops – you just won’t see them in these chic gals wardrobes.

Have you read How to be Parisian: Wherever you are? What was your favourite piece of advice?