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
3. Cece Black Flat, J Crew
4. AG Jeans
5. Hermes Constance Bag
7. Leica Camera & Case
8. Straw Fedora, Forever 21
11. Printed Scarf, Zara
13. Denim Vest, GAP
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