In six days été officially arrives and Paris in the summer is magical.
To my delight, the divine on-line boutique, Halsbrook, has asked me to conjure up a summer wardrobe for a one-week vacation. I think of Halsbrook as providing a true boutique experience. One has the impression that there is an enlightened personality informing the collections featured on the site and not only that, to me it feels like much of its merchandise has a distinct French vibe, which translates quite simply as elegant and sophisticated.
Since the French say a week has eight days, let’s agree with them so we can have an extra day to dress up.
Normally the days are warm, sometimes quite hot while the evenings tend to be much cooler, which means myriad opportunities for dressing like a Parisian.
From the plane to chic restaurant dining and many other activities throughout the week, I think I’ve got you covered. Everything, with the exception of an irresistibly whimsical skirt I couldn’t resist, works off of a navy and white base. Believe me, the components offer lots of options, many more than shown here.
As you can see in the sets, I’m working in and out of a suitcase. Originally I thought I would do two outfits, the plane and perhaps the sundress — love the sundress — for dinner at the Dali restaurant in the Hôtel Meurice, but then I got so excited about the clothes I was finding I couldn’t stop putting the pieces together.
The cardigan on the plane might be needed over the sundress in the evening, the marinière works with both pairs of pants and for an unexpected, very French, look with the skirt. It seemed to me two pairs of pants were essential and white is always right in Paris in the summer. All the tops in the bag can be worn with either the white or navy pants.
Now, let me tell you something exciting. Beginning today, just for you, if you find something or some things you love chez Halsbrook, by adding this code, TJ30, at checkout you will receive another 30 percent off of all sale merchandise for a total savings of up to 60 percent.
The beauty of this vacation wardrobe is that every piece can meld chicly into everything we already own and not one piece is trendy in that “now, but not for long” definition. Instead, we have a collection of forever clothes that will be ever stylish and fresh.
That’s what dressing with intelligence and style is all about after all, n’est-ce pas?