|Here we are, all dressed and waiting at the gate, or if we’re exceptionally lucky in some luxe lounge, for take-off to a week in Paris.|
The proof will be in the pictures: I will demonstrate how you will need very few clothes to be unspeakably chic while traveling to and staying in and around Paris. And, best of all, you will have everything you need for sightseeing, shopping, casual dining and a glamourous evening or two.
In a way, it’s all about uniform dressing. But, the “uniforms” in these proposals will make you feel elegant, comfortable and quite French in the bargain if that is your goal.
It all starts today from your departure gate.
This week the entire wardrobe will work off of a black base. (We can do navy blue next week if you would like.) Here is what we’ll be wearing to embark for our trip:
|From Valentino. Imagine the fun you could have with this little number.|
Of course a raincoat of some sort is a necessity. I suggest one in black silk or a classic trench, again in black. A black trench is as perfect with jeans as it is with an evening dress. Below a few ideas to think about. ( I realize we would have to think long and hard about the polka dots, but they are fun aren’t they?)
- Classic black blazer — you’ll see how much we’ll do with it in the next few days.
- Black pants — I’ve included a pair of black jeans for those of you who love your jeans, and for me a pair of gab pants that match-up with the blazer. Either way the mixing and matching works beautifully.
- A black and white marinière t-shirt.
- A black cashmere V-neck sweater.
- Comfortable walking around loafers (you may have a better idea from your own experience).
- A bucket bag with a little sass. As every woman knows we can stuff waaaaay too much in one of those.
|Just think of these as ideas. You might prefer a long or a very long raincoat.|
- Classic jewelry to wear all-the-time.
- A tote — room for more stuff and in my experience a tote does not preclude carry-on. I’ve never been stopped for tote + large handbag + carry-on. Worth a try. If it appears you’ll be stopped, cram above mentioned bucket bag into top of tote. . .
- Scarf, of course.
- Silk handkerchief that pops in the breast pocket of the blazer and triples as a headband and a “necklace”.
- Red support socks. Remember, all French doctors and pharmacists recommend support hose for flying.
- Purple gloves, just for fun. They can help those of you who get nervous without your pops of color, unlike moi-meme who gets twitchy with too many pops of color.
|Mine is a blue-y purple that looks more blue than purple, but I’m extremely proud of myself for not giving in to the temptation of buying it in black.|
My absolute favorite Lipault hard suitcase. People stop me in airports to ask about it and best of all it does not melt into the sea of black, black, black as the belt turns in the airport as everyone stands waiting for their luggage.
My idea here though is to try to pull off a one-week trip to Paris with only carry-on, that’s why I’ve piled so many clothes on us at take off.
We will continue our adventure demain. . .