French Fashionista Pens Parisian Style Guide

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Ines de la Fressange writes Parisian Chic

Inès de la Fressange, France’s icon of chic, shares the well-kept secrets of how Parisian women maintain effortless glamour and timeless allure in her best-selling book, Parisian Chic. This is the English version of the original La Parisienne which came out in France last fall.

At 53, Fressange includes fashion advice for ladies in their later years. "Never neglect yourself," she writes. Don't get stuck in a style you wore in your 30s, otherwise "it will age you instantly." And for those over 50, steer clear of fur, unless you want that "wrinkled trophy wife" look.

She also suggests that every woman own these seven signature pieces: blazer, trench coat, navy sweater, tank top, little black dress, perfect jeans, and a leather jacket. She believes in simple, inexpensive clothing choices. "I'm a shopaholic but I know you don't need that much to look good," she explains. "It's better to invest in some pieces like a nice handbag and nice shoes."

Inès de la Fressange started as a runway model, became the face of Chanel, launched a clothing line, and her drawings regularly appeared in Elle (many of which are included in her book). She's a creative consultant for Roger Vivier shoes and is designing the interior of a new Parisian hotel. She's also making a return to modeling for Jean Paul Gaultier, Chanel, and L'Oreal.

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