Stripes on the streets of Paris (+what I packed and what French women really wear)

Thursday, June 27, 2013






When I was packing for this trip, I truly had no idea what to expect. In my mind, I envisioned flowing tops, long maxi skirts, sandals and other sweet, warm weather attire. At the (very) last minute suggestion of the hubs, I threw in my biker boots for the anticipated walking we'd be doing and I'm so glad I did. It was much cooler in Paris than expected and the spouts of rain showers throughout the day, while romantic to be huddled up next to my love underneath an umbrella, left little room for fancy footwear. 

The smartest thing I did was pack in all black and white. Everything could be tossed on effortlessly together and I avoided looking like a total tourist (except when I had my Nikon wrapped around my neck) by leaving the bright, LA trendy pieces at home. Parisian women are not big on color. Nor are they into trends or showing too much skin. In truth, I felt a little bit like I was wearing a bathing suit in this striped ensemble (I'm serious) because of all the leg I was showing. Simple, classic, understated style is the motto of the Parisian woman. By the end of the trip I could spot a local from a mile away and now know just what they mean by French style. 

White blazer - H&M via clothing exchange (similar)
Striped dress - From another clothing exchange (similar & last worn preggers here)
(Have you hosted your clothing exchange yet? Do it!)
Boots - Madden Girl
Sunglasses - Gap

9 comments:

  1. I knew they loved some black and white..but conservative..I wouldn't have guessed that. You look oober chic lady.LOVE THIS LOOK!!!
    Welcome home.
    C

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    1. Thanks, honey. And what a surprise huh? One short trip and I've been truly influenced. The simplicity and sophistication was lovely. xx

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  2. I'm going to Paris on Saturday. You posted this in good timing. I will take it into consideration when I go. Although, I like to think a lot of my stuff is European-esque...I'll now scrutinize it. :)

    -Kirsten
    mylifetintedpink.blogspot.com

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    1. Just don't bring a lot of color, loud prints or anything too sexy and you will be fine. Lean on black and clean cuts. Check the weather forecast because it was a lot chillier there than expected. I could have used my trench coat on our last two days there. Have the best time!! xx

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  3. you'll see a lot more leg on the Cote D'Azur-the French Riviera. and more color and flow-y dresses and short skirts or body con dresses. it's a totally different style than Paris. but yeah, the Parisians are a bit more into the classic look than you would expect, for sure. but adding that blazer to your cute striped dress earned you points with the Parisians!! they love their blazers!

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    1. Thanks, Julie! Can't wait to catch up with you Saturday. Next stop = Cote D'Azur! haha

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  4. Love it, simple and elegant. I remember that dress well!

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    1. Remember? I've worn it much more than I expected. xx

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  5. What a cute outfit! Classic and functional all at the same time. Have a lovely day!

    xo
    http://aminuteinthelifeofmaria.blogspot.com/

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