There’s something about the French – and in particular, Parisians – that makes their lifestyle so enviable, and always seemingly just out of reach. The culture, the philosophy, the revolutionary spirit, the fierce protection of the country’s language, the shameless love for trashy Europop, the devil-may-care attitude and – of course – the completely effortless style, make Parisians among some of the coolest in the world.
It’s a way of life that has been coveted (and marketed upon) for years – just look at Inès de La Fressange and her book Parisian Chic which spills all of her style secrets, Caroline de Maigret’s How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are (don’t miss her video with i-D which shows the Parisians aren’t afraid to make fun of themselves either) or The Parisian Gentleman by Hugo Jacomet. We could all do with a bit of that laid-back, laissez-faire attitude, so here are our top five ways to be a little more Parisian.
Eat the Food, Drink the Wine
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The French don’t believe in fad diets or calorie counting. Instead, it’s all about moderation and enjoying oneself – if that means a croissant with your coffee, a glass of red with lunch or a plate of cheese after dinner then so be it. Read our top five French recipes for a taste of classic French cuisine, and use Le Creuset for authentic cooking.