I always try to be fashionable when I travel (and of course day-to-day) but there are a couple cities where fashion REALLY matters and packing for Paris is certainly one of them. If not at the top of the list then it is a tie with New York… after all, they do both host some pretty impressive Fashion Weeks…
When it came to packing for our three-day weekend in Paris – and being limited to only a backpack to hold things – I tried to be very strategic about my options.
What I Packed
I couldn’t pack lots of “pieces” and create outfits in Paris – there was not enough room in my backpack for that – so I figured out the exact outfit for day and night before we left.
Using what I have heard about Parisians and their style, I tried to pack items that were simple, not too flashy, not too much color or pattern work, and fit well, all while staying true to my own sense of style.
I knew we would be doing a lot of walking and I assumed the roads would be cobblestone and rough like most of Europe (I was right) so I packed flat shoes in the form of oxfords and slip-ons that could handle walking but also transition from night to day as well as fit casual and dressy vibes. That sounds like a lot to ask of a shoe but by sticking with metallic I was able to meet the mark. A sleek shoe with a little shine is a perfect accessory and silver and gold are neutrals so one or the other can go with everything.
Hair and Makeup
Again, I have heard that “Parisian style” should be effortless and chic, so I kept my makeup natural, with only powder foundation, blush, eyeliner, and mascara. I used chapstick or a matte stain for my lips. Honestly most of the time I had sunglasses on anyways so who could even tell??
It was SO hot all weekend that I needed to keep my hair up so I mixed it up with simple styles like a high ponytail – with hair wrapped around the hair-tie to elevate the look just slightly, a top-knot, and french-braids pulled into a bun (can’t go wrong with French braids in France, right?)
We had such an amazing time and everyone was SO nice to us. When I was telling some people about that they responded “Well, you were probably polite…and dressed like you weren’t a tourist.” I can only hope so! The Nikon is probably a sure give away but I certainly tried my hardest.
I can’t wait to share more about our trip with you so keep checking back for new posts!