Style reads - French style inspired...

Whenever I am about to work with a new client, I send a questionnaire to get a sense of their style needs, tastes, goals and challenges. Recently, a form came in that expressed a wish to have that timeless French style. Pulled-together almost effortlessly, yet appropriately to tackle a wide range of activity throughout the day.

This isn't the first time that this has been noted as an aspirational style, so I thought I would share two books that deconstruct this a little.

French women make it look so easy. But like anything, in order to master you need to take some time to figure it out in order to make it second nature and, more importantly, your own.

Dress Like a Parisian - written by Alois Guinut

When I was in London last summer, I was so excited when I stumbled upon this in a prominent bookshop. Alois is a personal stylist in Paris and has a wonderful style blog "Dress Like A Parisian". When I was in Paris a year prior on our honeymoon, I had contacted Alois for a personal shopping experience. I wanted to shop the boutiques of Paris with a pro. Unfortunately, Alois was going to be out of town, but set me up with one of her lovely colleagues, Diane, and I had such an incredible experience which I blogged about here.

Note: the bomber jacket I am wearing in this opening image is a gem I picked up on that shopping excursion.

This book shares excellent tips in a knowledgeable and witty voice. She teaches how to find your personal style through inspiration on how Parisian women dress. It serves as a guide to exploring your best colours and silhouettes as well as how to dress for any occasion. Of course, some Paris style secrets are shared. I love that she rejects fashion "rules" and helps you embrace your own personal style with a twist of the Parisian. A very enjoyable and informative read!

Parisian Chic: A Style Guide by Ines de la Fressange with Sophie Gachet

It's probably no surprise that if you came to our home, you would find a shelf full of style books. This one is beautiful.

Ines is a model who has been said to be one of France's icons of chic. In this guide she shares personal tips picked up from decades in the fashion industry. Specially, she offers ideas on how to dress like a Parisian, how to mix affordable basics with more higher quality items (which continues to be very modern and on trend) as well as how to accessorize. Beautiful photography throughout as well as her own personalized drawings. She also advises how to bring Parisian style into the home or office space. A great reference book you can easily read in sections or points of interest.

Do you have any favourite books when it comes to style (personal, home, fashion)? I always enjoy a good book recommendation!