Travel Series Part 2: Packing for Paris

Packing for a trip abroad can seem like pretty daunting task, especially when you’re traveling to Paris. For those of you who are venturing off to the city of lights this spring/summer, fear not. While Paris may be renowned as the epicenter of the fashion world, you don’t have to be decked out in couture to look fashionable and effortless. It took me a few trips to the city to realize that dressing like a Parisian is easily done if you just keep it simple. Black skinny jeans are a staple. (I think I took three pairs for a 23 day trip, and washed and re-wore them plenty!) The French embrace many of the same fashion trends that we do (except for shorts. Do not wear shorts. Ever.) I also learned that the French are not the most colorful dressers, so when in doubt keep it neutral. I’ve experienced all kinds of weather in Paris, from warm and sunny to cold and drizzly. Just know that in Spring, it can go from one extreme to the other in a matter of a day, which why I always advise people to pack layers, and close toed shoes. I’ve created a collage of all linkable items to help give you an idea of what to pack for what I believe is THE best city in the world.

  1. My favorite black skinny jeans are these from Old Navy. Only $34.94, when they aren’t on sale. I have so many pairs of these.
  2. Mango Metal Thread Cardigan-$50
  3. A denim jacket is a must-have for me. Love this one from Gap! $80
  4. This black cardigan from Madewell is currently on sale for $60.
  5. This blush floral jacket from Target by Victoria Beckham is on clearance for only $24.50 and is SO cute. You may have to check your local store for it, but it is such a great price and color.
  6. A light scarf like this one from Madewell is a perfect compliment to neutral outfits. $55
  7. Nordstrom Topshop Jamie High Waist Ankle Skinny Jeans. $70
  8. Floral skirts are perfect for a warm spring day! Check out this one from Miss Selfridge. $68.00
  9. Gap Softspun Short Sleeve T-Shirt Dress. $60 (Available in lots of colors!)
  10. Black & White Summer Scarf- Splurge for $72 or Save for $15.00!
  11. Gap Softspun Short Sleeve T-Shirt Dress. $60 (Available in lots of colors!)
  12. Levi’s Distressed High-Rise Jeans $98
  13. Simple tees are great for layering and looking effortless. Check out the selection from ASOS, here, here and here.
  14. Cami tops are also perfect for layered looks. More selections from ASOS here and here!
  15. Another simple top with a cute knot detail. $59
  16. I love a crisp white poplin top like this one from Mango or this one from ASOS.
  17. Flowy Striped Blouse Violeta by Mango $40
  18. An over-the-shoulder satchel is obviously the most practical choice for traveling. Compact and secure are the way to go. This blush colored bag by Urban Expressions is on sale for $54!
  19. Many people may warn against carrying a backpack around while traveling due to pickpockets. However, I carried this Rebecca Minkoff backpack with me EVERYWHERE without any worries because the clip can be unbuckled and clipped up top. This makes it super hard for anyone to get into your bag without you noticing. I even tested it for security by having one of my friends try to get into it while I wore it. It’s such a convenient and stylish bag. $245

The shoes aren’t numbered but here they are from left to right.

  1. Steve Madden Elaina Sandals $80
  2. Converse Chuck Taylor All Star $50
  3. Karl Lagerfeld Paris Larose Suede Laceup Flats *ON CLEARANCE* Only $41
  4. I’m honestly so glad that platform sneakers are in right now, because they are great for walking long distances, which you will do a lot of if you plan on site-seeing. Check out these Steve Madden sneakers from DSW. $60
  5. I LOVE espadrille wedges. A little wedge will keep you comfortable rather than a wafer thin sole where you will feel every cobblestone and pebble you step on. This pair from Sole Society are so cute and summery. $96
  6. Yes. Ankle booties are acceptable spring/summer wear when the temperatures can range from the eighties to low sixties. I found them useful for cooler days and any night out where I could pair them with tights and a skirt or black jeans. You may even be able to find some on clearance like this pair by Dirty Laundry. $45

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