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Wednesday
May012013

Dress like a Parisian & Paris Packing List: Day Outfits X 3

 

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Babymoon time! Husband surprised me by agreeing to a long weekend in Paris, a last chance to stroll the city of lights before baby Z joins us. My goal is always to blend. Not broadcast tourist. Especially challenging this year given my expanding waist line. The highest compliment I have received while abroad- not on an outfit, but when I was stopped in the street and asked for directions while sightseeing in Paris.  

Here are some of my quick tips on dressing like a Parisian (aka, Mon Petit Chou Chou's universal travel fashion guide to not look like a tourist).

 

-Keep it simple. Fill your luggage with timeless basics that translate well anywhere, anytime. Raw dark denim, plain black flats, a trench (or cape trench in my case), you get the drift....

-Comfort is king! Think long walks. Public transportation. COM-FORT-ABLE shoes. I repeat, COM-FORT-ABLE shoes!

-April weather in Paris can be unpredictable, but closely follows our temps on the East Coast. I double down with light layers that keep me warm in the early AM, and can be easily shed and stowed in a roomy tote when the sun gets higher.

-Less is more. Especially when it comes to dressing like a Parisian. They build wardrobes around well edited investment pieces that will last for years, not cheap trendy items that are tossed in a week. It's a wardrobe model and lifestyle I try to live by. 

-I personally like to keep my travel purse/tote light. Load your phone up with apps. Carry a quick mini-map. And I never leave home without my trusty point and shoot Leica. The carry case also makes for a great cross body purse in a pinch!

Need more ideas on what the wear? Inges de la Fressange's little red book, Parisian Chic do you right.

 

1. The Cape, Hatch

2. St James Unisex Tee

3. Cece Black Flat, J Crew

4. AG Jeans

5. Hermes Constance Bag

6. Ray Ban Aviators

7. Leica Camera & Case

8. Straw Fedora, Forever 21

9. Isabel Marant Etoile Lace Dress

10. Jerome Dreyfuss Carlos Tote

11. Printed Scarf, Zara

12. Isabel Marant Dicker Ankle Boot

13. Denim Vest, GAP

14. Vic Matie Ankle Boots

15. Maternity Jacket, Top Shop 

16. Pleated Maxi Skirt, J Crew

17. Gold Leather Tote, GAP

18. Northern Light Sunglasses by Karen Walker

19. Grand Herkimer Necklace, Hannah Blount

20. Western Denim Top, Madewell

 

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