Americans are obsessed with French women. We scrutinize their eating habits. We fetishize their messy bed-head hairdos. We throw our fears of horizontal stripes to the wind and spend hundreds of dollars on sailor shirts. There’s been so many cheesy books written about trying to emulate female French je ne sais quoi it’s hard to imagine why we would need one more. But in How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are, a new collection of tips and essays by impossibly chic Parisiennes Caroline de Maigret, Anne Berest, Audrey Diwan and Sophie Mas, you get the feeling these women are simply fed up with being constantly asked for their advice and decided to finally write it all down, the good, the bad and the merde (or in their words, to “dispel the mystery"). The result is funny, witty and surprising (plus, any book that includes sections on both how to actually have an affair and how to just make someone think you’re having an affair is probably worth a read, right?). Below are a few of our favorite tips from the book, but trust us—it's worth getting your hands on a copy.
1. Invest in a signature item, like a coat or a bag. Classic is good. Bling is bad.
2. Never be self-conscious about sitting alone in public (French women always have a good reason to be wherever they are).