‘How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are’, a not-so-serious guide to be Parisian

Summary

“How To Be Parisian brilliantly deconstructs the French woman’s views on culture, fashion and attitude.Bohemian free-thinkers and iconoclasts, Anne Berest, Caroline De Maigret, Audrey Diwan and Sophie Mas cut through the myths in this gorgeous, witty guide to Parisienne savoir faire.

These modern Parisiennes say what you don’t expect to hear, just the way you want to hear it. They are not against smoking in bed, and all for art, politics and culture, making everything look easy, and going against the grain. They will take you on a first date, to a party and through a hangover. They will tell you how to be mysterious and sensual, make your boyfriend jealous, the right way to approach weddings and the gym, and they will share their address book in Paris for where to go at the end of the night, for a birthday, for a smart date, for vintage finds and much more.

Full of wit and self-deprecating humour, How To Be Parisian explains those confusing subjects of clothes, makeup, men, culture and lifestyle as only a true Parisienne can.”

Caroline de Maigret attended Sorbonne where she studied literature. After moving to New York to model, she returned to Paris to found her music label. Being a feminist, Maigret supports women worldwide through the NGO Care.

Sophie Mas graduated from Sciences Po and HEC. At the moment, she works as producer in Los Angeles, New York and São Paulo at her own film company.

I have read a few books on fashion, lifestyle, beauty and culture. My favourite so far is Love Style Life written by the French fashion blogger Garance Doré. To be honest, How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are isn’t as good, but it’s still worth the read

As I absolutely love Paris (I’ve lived there; how I miss it), I was way too curious about this book. Basically, the authors tried to give us a lesson on how to follow the Parisian stereotype: how to dress, how to party, how to use makeup, how to speak and behave, how to be a mother, etc.

I used the verb try, because I think they sort of failed. Firstly, the four writers don’t really describe the ‘Parisian woman’, but a ‘trendy woman’. Alexa Chung, in her book It, portrays the same woman – and she is English. All of them describe a sarcastic, egocentric, rebel and stylish woman.

Quickly I understood I couldn’t take this book too serious otherwise I would hate it. The authors suggested to send yourself flowers and list your sister in your phone under a man’s name to cause jealousy to your boyfriend/husband. If I’d take that seriously, I would say it’s ridiculous.

So I just went along with it… I managed to laugh and to discover new things. For instance, the authors assembled a list of films that use Paris as kind of a character and shared the hidden or special places where you can feel truly Parisian. Plenty of photos are also included and they are truly beautiful and adorable. 

If you’re looking for something light and funny, I think it’s worth the shot. But just don’t take it too serious – I think this is the secret to enjoy How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are. And remember, it’s just based on a stereotype.

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Book Details:

English Edition:
Publisher: Ebury Press – Penguin Random House
Published on: September 2014
Format: Hardback
Pages: 272
Price: £16.99

Edição Portuguesa:
Editora: Bertrand Editora
Data de Publicação: Julho de 2017
Formato: Capa dura
Páginas: 272
Preço: 18,80€

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