I am not a good packer.
I’m one of those people who wants to take everything with me.
‘What if I want to wear this skirt? But then I’d have to bring that jumper – and that would look great with those shoes!‘. God forbid my outfit doesn’t match. Before I know it, I’ve packed half my wardrobe for a weekend break. Oops.
This year I resolved to be more organised (and space conscious) for my trip to Paris. The thought of lugging a giant suitcase through Gare Du Nord didn’t thrill me at all!
I’ve been doing my homework on dressing for Paris, and it seems that the number one rule is ‘don’t look like a tourist‘. To avoid being sneered at, the advice is not to wear the following:
- Sneakers and sandals
- A lot of bright colours or patterns
- Athletic style clothing
- Short shorts
In other words: don’t dress down, dress up! The Parisian philosophy of dressing is sort of beautiful really; dress well, because you never know what the day might have in store for you, and you never know who you might meet. Isn’t that lovely? Of course, I can’t help but think Parisians do succumb to the odd bit of denim, and surely they wear sandals when it’s hot? I suppose as long as you’re wearing nice jeans and sandals, you can get away with it?
A lot of people seem to over-emphasise the ‘Parisian women wear black’ stereotype, making it sound as though Paris is a city of walking mime artists and Goths. Definitely not! I think a safer rule is to stick with a handful of neutrals, complimented by a statement colour; i.e. mixing black, white, navy and grey with splashes of red. A great rule of thumb I heard somewhere was ‘stick to three colours per outfit’ – I quite like that one.
What to pack
I’m aiming to pack as cleverly as this. A handful of pieces you can mix and match (yes, I’ve added jeans, but they’re black and cropped – too Audrey-esque for anyone to complain I think) are key. A small set of colour-matching accessories, a selection of shoes that can take you from a tour around the Louvre to evening drinks in Le Chat Noir and a great lipstick are all you need to perfect your look. It doesn’t seem it, but you can actually create around 10 outfits from this modest set – how amazing! I kept prints to a minimum, only adding stripes (how French) and the anchor print on the dress and shoes – polka dots and small florals would also look great!
Do remember to wear comfy clothes for travel – whether you’re going by plane, train or automobile. I’d advise wearing whatever you feel best in, whether that’s well-worn jeans or an old dress. I always feel more comfortable in a dress, so I’ll be packing a couple of Vintage Style Me smocks for the journey.
A trench coat/mac is the perfect lightweight jacket to stave off the rain, and it doesn’t weigh a tonne like most coats. I’ll definitely be taking my new H&M one (which I managed to squeeze into the collage there!) unless the weather report says it will be super sunny all weekend!
If anyone else is planning a French getaway, I hope this helped. For everyone else, this hopefully made for an interesting read.
I’ll be saying Bonjour Paris on Friday, I’m so excited! For now, I’ll be watching this Funny Face clip.
Until next time,