I love Paris and Provence (where we lived for three months while I worked on a series of paintings on the village Goult where we stayed.
We’ve taken an apartment in Paris from 28 August to 18 September and I am
wondering about dressing. I don’t like dresses on my tiny self…liking long slim
Question: Can I use black and navy for my slacks and then change around tops? Some long sleeve, long look navy and grey tops…as well as some linen tops that are elbow length or 3/4 sleeve (I don’t like short sleeves on me anymore) and classic white button down? And of course a few scarves (long and silk squares) which I’ve been collecting and wearing for 30 years. I live in the desert of Arizona, but use them all winter because at 90 lbs. I get cold.
I do appreciate a heads up on early fall in Paris. I will have the lightweight linen things because we are coming from three weeks in Spain. Help would be very much appreciated….
Your sister in love with fashion,
You are absolutely lovely and from your petite size you can theoretically wear many different styles, then again because of your size, as you know, you have to be careful about not being “swallowed up” in fabric.
All of your ideas, clearly you know your own style — what works and flatters your slender frame — are great I think: Black and navy, white shirts, sleeves that cover the arms — all very classic and chic.
I know you want to travel light so what I’ve done is offer you lots of options in a broad range of black and white. My feeling is that if you start building outfits on two foundations — navy and black — you are wasting valuable packing space. And black, more than navy, dresses up with more sophistication. (I love navy mind you, but black will take you more easily to a multi-star restaurant for example.)
Your collection of scarves will liven up the black/white palette. The one short-sleeve white t-shirt I imagine under your black cashmere cardigan jacket. I’m assuming that you will throw favorite t-shirts into your bag so I only included a few. One of the white blouses is a tuxedo shirt, the other perfectly classic, then for fun, some pretty silks and georgette blouses, among them the ever-feminine and flattering peasant blouse, but with a stylish edge because of the interpretation in black and white.
Of course, a simple black skirt is always a solution to stylish dressing. I just thought: In Paris why not go for more of a “statement.” You’ll have to tell me what you think.
As for shoes, I don’t know your preference so I gave you several choices. You may have more sensible ideas for walking around the city.
Two pairs of pants, one slim, the other straight give you more options.
September is probably my favorite month in Paris. It is normally gloriously sunny and warm without being scorchingly hot. Nights are cool and crisp. In a just-in-case scenario, I gave you a black silk trench coat. For me, a black trench is the best all the time everywhere coat solution. I would much rather see a black silk trench over evening clothes than the beloved tan model. It’s equally stylish over jeans.
Ed. Note: Barbara has been with the Wilde Meyer Gallery in Scottsdale and Tucson Arizona, for 26 years. I love her exuberant paintings.