I’ve always been fascinated by the French, since my high school student exchange trip when I was 17. Estelle, my family’s exchange student, was 17 going on 27. I remember her being serious, stylish and so darn intriguing. Since then, I’ve been back to Paris several times, and each time, I am left breathless by Parisian women. What is it about them? Naturally I was drawn to the recent book release, How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are: Love, Style, and Bad Habits by Anne Berest, Audrey Diwan, Caroline De Maigret, and Sophie Mas. The book has a plethora of 5 star reviews, so I wanted to share some Parisian philosophies I learned.
A Parisian woman:
1) Never asks someone at a party what they do for a living.
2) Never matches her purse to her outfit.
3) Never fishes for compliments.
4) Never leaves the house with wet hair.
5) Never wears 3″ or taller high heels.
6) Never blow dries her hair, or colors her hair outside of her natural hue.
7) Never wears too much makeup.
8) Never wastes time looking for an actual parking spot.
9) Never answers his calls, but sends him gushing text messages.
10) Never overdoes teeth whitening.
11) Never uses “I’ve had one too many” as an appropriate excuse for inappropriate behavior.
12) Never wears a French manicure (it would be an overt admission that she’s spent time working on her sophistication).
13) Never wears hair clips or headbands after age 18.
14) Never stops “existing” because she’s had a child.
15) Never runs on time, she has important things to do and is too busy.
I like all these philosophies that I found in the book. I definitely do number 15 without even trying to be Parisian. However, being a New York woman, #8 might get a little expensive in parking tickets.
photo credit: Guy Aroch / Free People January 2013 Catalogue