I have been enamored with French style since I was in college. I did a study abroad program in Wales and made a lot of French friends. I don't know what it is about their ease of style and living that is so mesmerizing, yet seemingly so effortless. In fact, just what I described is why they call it the "je ne sais quoi" because you can't put your finger on it but you know it's there.
I wanted to send you over to a fellow blogger who focuses on French Style. I'm looking forward so much to the month long focus on the 10 Item Wardrobe that The Daily Connoisseur is doing. If you have read any books about French Chic style, you would be familiar with the infamous idea that you can have a very small wardrobe and still be very stylish. This is definitely not an American concept, but many are no less fascinated by the prospect of living more simply and not giving up their chic quotient. I love that she has photographed each item and is showing how this concept can work for her lifestyle. While you are over there, take a peek at her last series on what she learned while living in Paris.
If you are interested in French style, I also want to recommend some books to get you started. I've been a student of this topic for many years and I'm pretty sure I've read every book on the subject. It's been awhile since I've pursued the subject because I think I got burned out, so that's another reason this month long series is a nice refresher course for me.
My number one book recommendation is Anne Barone's books. You can order them from her website here. They are full of stories and personal experience that bring the French style to life. Entres Nous is another cute book. I see it at Anthropologie so I know you can find it there too.
If you are interested in eating the French way, this book about french food changed my eating habits forever. Will Clower wrote Fat Fallacy and is so helpful in understanding the way that we can eliminate faux foods from our diets and eat in the more glamorous french way. And last but not least, Mireille Guiliano wrote French Women Don't Get Fat and also more books on the french lifestyle.
So how about you? Are you ready to take the wardrobe down to 10 items? I can say that I haven't taken on that challenge yet, but I am intrigued. No matter if this is for you, it does get you thinking about your wardrobe as a whole unit instead of just pieces if everything has to work together. Is anyone else a student of French Style? What books do you love? Maybe it's time for me to dig out my old books on the topic.