Books: How to be Parisian: Wherever You Are by Sophie Mas et al (2014) Review


I love anything Parisian.

Books, make up, style, even coffee; if it says its Parisian, I’m probably going to want it.

I love the idea of the Parisian, sipping coffee outside of a street cafe, alternating between people-watching reading Camus. So, when I found out there was a book that taught you HOW TO BE a Parisian, I popped it into my Amazon basket immediately. This is what I thought…

‘How to be Parisian’ Review

The best thing about this book is just how GORGEOUS and chic it is. The whole book screams Parisian; it’s minimalist, it’s stylish and it is full of glossy images of French women. This book would be a welcome addition to your coffee table or your bedroom, and it’s sure to be a conversation starter when friends come over. As the book is broken up into small, bite-sized sections it works as something you can dip in and out of whenever you feel like it.

So, does it teach you how to be a Parisian? Not quite, but it does give you a fun, cute insight into Parisians today. Some of the things you’ll find in this book:

  • The essential things on a Parisienne’s bookshelf (see photo below) – there are some fantastic recommendations here! I highly implore any lovers of literature to read some French texts. Some of my favourite novels are French, including The Stranger by Albert Camus and Nausea by Jean Paul Sartre.
  • How to dress like a Parisian and the staple pieces you need in your wardrobe.
  • Some French words to use in your everyday vocabulary.
  • Chic recommendations for places to visit in Paris.
  • The Parisian’s views on love.
  • Parisian snobbisms, contradictions and quirks.


The only negative thing I have to say about this book is that there isn’t really that much to it. Some of the pages are just ever-so-slightly arrogant looking photographs, and some of the Parisian ‘quirks’ are so brattish that I’m not sure I do want to be a Parisian after all. If you’re looking for something meaningful and worthwhile, I’d skip this book and read some of the literary recommendations it makes instead. But, if you are looking for a bit of light-hearted fun, and something that will make your dressing table look seriously on point, you could do much worse than How to Be Parisian: Wherever you Are.


Have you read this book? Would you buy it after reading my review?