French Chic, How to Dress Like a Frenchwoman

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I have been a Francophile from as far back as I remember…Without knowing that Paris was in France, I used to daydream about taking a trip to Paris and France after I graduated from high school (I was only eight!)  When I finally went to France for the first time at the age of 16, I was completely mesmerized by the effortless fashion sense I saw at every turn, and it truly made a huge impact on me.

Years later as an adult, I went to a local book store and stumbled upon a true gem—a used copy of Susan Sommer’s timeless book, French Chic, How to Dress Like a FrenchwomanAs soon as I opened it up, I was in fashion heaven!  Though it was 2009 (the book was published in 1988), I found the fashion archetypes of French women as well as the tips and how-tos completely relevant to modern style.  It covers hip street fashion, sexy and elegant looks, polished professional styles…  This is a book I have carried around with me ever since; it has become a reference and guide that often serves me as inspiration.

Sommers walks the reader through how to easily capture that “je ne sais quoi” of French style that often seems to elude the American woman.  She explains the importance of having key pieces in your closet rather than dozens of items you don’t use.  The book even covers the differences in make-up and attitude between the French and American woman.

Though the cover is mega kitsch (which, I love!), do not be fooled!  This book is timeless and hasn’t become a collector’s item for nothing!  Even though it was written over two decades ago, the information is easily adaptable and applicable today.  If you want to learn the ins and outs of how French women look so chic, so effortlessly, this is a must-read!  Merci Susan!!


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If you want to learn more about how to look like a French woman – Check the book of my friend Susan Sommers French Chic: How to Dress Like a French Woman



And you what is your experience about style and fashion in French – Share your comments with us below.


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6 Responses to “French Chic, How to Dress Like a Frenchwoman”

  1. katie says:

    cool! and fun. glad to know about that book. fun to hear your own story. I had one trip to Paris myself and loved it too.

    • Biba Pedron says:

      Hi Katie,

      We would love you to share some of your experience in Paris
      – Would you be ok to write us a little story and we will post it on the blog – Each experience can help other women who plan to go for vacation or move there.


  2. Janice says:

    As someone who is absolutely hopeless at style and elegance, this sounds like a must have :)
    Does it mention the (only slightly) larger lady?

  3. Liz says:

    I really don’t care a whit about fashion, but you sold me on this book. I’m going to look it up!

  4. Delia Bourne says:

    I first moved here, to rural France, I used to walk the dog wearing trainers. I had comments from my French neighbours asking if I was going to the gym, to play tennis or going running. They only wear Le Baskets or Le Tennis for sports. And my French female friends would never wear jogging trousers, leggings or sweat pants to go shopping. Vive la difference!

  5. Jean Buschke says:

    Love your post! I too will be looking for the book…style and me – not usually two words that go together! :)

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