My Paris Summer Trip Outfit Diary + 8 Tips on what to wear in Paris
Travelling to Paris is like walking into a movie set. Everywhere you turn you see the most interesting people from all over the world, grand architecture, cobblestone streets and so much history. I’m not going to lie, I did extensive research on must visit places, where to eat, best croissants in Paris, etc. I had so much on my ‘Must do Things in Paris’ that the last thing I wanted to do was waste time figuring out what to wear! If you’re anything like me, and want to get every minute out of your Paris trip, keep reading.
Narrow streets full of little art galleries, vintage bookstores, boulangeries, cafes, patisseries, my goodness! One thing my French professor emphasized to our entire French 101 class was to always look presentable. Living in Los Angeles, going to brunch with workout clothes is a norm. But in France, stepping out in your lululemons and a messy bun to run errands is a big no-no.
Paris is the face of fashion, but you don’t have to break the bank to rock an effortless + chic look. This is what I wore during these 10 days of bliss in PARIS PARIS PARIS. Plus, some tips on how to plan your outfits to not overpack.
By no means am I trying to tell you what to wear! These are tips I picked up along the way and my opinions. The most important thing is that you wear what makes you feel beautiful.
TIP #1 CHOOSE COMPLETE OUTFITS…NOT OPTIONS.
Although it may be somewhat time consuming, pre-planning what you are going to wear on what day will save you lots of time. Choose a color palette to make mixing and matching easier. My goal for this trip was so keep it minimal and clean. I chose good quality fabrics that do no wrinkle easily as well as pieces that take minimal room in my suitcase. This may sound a bit daunting but do you really want to travel with too many suitcases with clothes that you might maybe use? This will make your life so much easier and give you more time to explore. You want to get every minute out of your trip and putting outfits together every morning at your hotel isn’t on my itinerary.
TIP #2 TAKE PHOTOGRAPHS OF YOUR OUTFITS…AT HOME
If you take a quick snapshot at home and save them on your phone. This makes it easier to remember what outfits you put together. This will save you a lot of time while you are getting ready and your boyfriend, friends, or family won’t have to wait a lifetime! Once the jet lag hits you and you need to make it to your scheduled tour things are harder to remember!
TIP #3 SOLID COLORS OR PRINTS?
Parisian style is chic, effortless, and edgy. Wearing too many patterns can be distracting in photos (and we all want to share those photos with family and friends), and also, an eye sore. Patterns are doable if worn correctly. As long as you keep your background in mind you can wear whatever you want!
Busy background with simple jumpsuit…
I chose to wear this floral print dress during our visit to Monet’s house in Giverny. This dress felt perfect for a day in the garden…
TIP #4 SCARVES ARE ALWAYS A GOOD IDEA. YES! EVEN IN THE SUMMER…
Scarves are always a good idea any time of the year. You’ll see parisians wearing scarves throughout the entire year. I felt like my outfit was missing something; I found this scarf at a local thrift store for a few bucks in California, although, its made it Paris! This was my favorite look from this trip.
TIP #5 WHEN IN DOUBT WEAR RED LIPSTICK
No matter how simple or bland your outfit is, red lips are the perfect accessory…
TIP #6 DON’T BE AFRAID OF MIXING AND MATCHING
Pack pieces you can wear a couple different ways. I always pack a white t-shirt, a black t-shirt, a pair of dark denim and a lighter wash. The weather was unpredictable so I also packed black and white blazers. Even if you’re wearing denim, a blazer adds sophistication to any look.
From Day to Night Look
Adding a blazer is the easiest thing to do to give you a more sophisticated look. I am wearing the same jeans and shirt. Changed the shoes and added a small purse.
TIP #7 THINK STAPLE AND NEUTRAL PIECES
TIP #8 FOR SHOES, ALWAYS CHOOSE COMFORT
I packed one pair or heels and wedges and wore neither of them. I mainly used sneakers, sandals, and loafers. The trick is to pack a pair of shoes that are super comfy. Stay away from running shoes, unless you are going running. I bought a pair of Nisolo shoes and they are the most comfortable shoes I’ve ever owned. They are a new company that is making an effort to push the fashion industry into a more sustainable way of making their products. Check them out.
I hope you enjoyed all of these tips for your next trip! xo