Strike a pose, stay faithful to your colour palette and above all: show some discipline…
I’ve known about this Paris trip for a while now, what I hadn’t factored in was the upheaval and builders still in the London flat.
Most of my valued possessions are in storage, and I am having to cope with a very limited wardrobe. You’d be amazed how little one actually needs to dress well and how much surplus, random items we have.
Paris is Paris though and I do feel a little vulnerable without my wardrobe armour, so I emailed my husband a list of clothes to bring back. These included, several outfits for work, meetings and a slightly more glam ensemble (but still low key) for evening drinks and restaurants.
My husband took the list, completely ignored it, and brought back a random assortment of clothes he likes to see me in. “What is this?” I said holding my green tweed Chanel skirt. “It’s your vintage Skirt” he said. “You look great in it and I’d like to see you wearing skirts that shape more often…”
That’s an excellent sentiment, very flattered, but Paris is currently too hot for tweed and he brought me nothing to wear the green skirt with. Remember skirts always look their best with something on top. Correct underwear plays a part too, let’s not forget the right bra under the sheer silk shirt. (Black bra, white silk)
So now I am wandering the streets of Paris to find one or two key pieces to complete the puzzle. There you go, I guess that’s how we should be shopping and dressing.
notes: the key to dressing well is not constant shopping or having a lot of clothes. It’s having a list of occasions and then choosing the right clothes for them.
Packing list for Paris hotel
Terry cloth gown (hotel provided)
Slippers (hotel provided)
Or Chanel twinset
Green tweed skirt
Cashmere top to complete the ensemble
Flat slip ons in velvet or ballerinas
Ankle length trousers
RosePink linen top
Waking in the city outfit/ lunch
Hot weather: silk ankle length culottes
Cooler weather: dark denim
Shoes need to be chunky heels and well tested in advance.
(Paris is a walking city comfort is everything. Sloppiness though will get you turned away from chic restaurants)
Linen/ silk or cashmere top to suit weather conditions
Hermes cuffs for me or anything vintage and unique
Pearls finish an outfit well- they don’t have to be real or expensive, just avoid anything too plasticky.
Longchamp pliage or cross body bag
scarf nothing beats faliero Sarti in my book. But these things are very personal.
Good socks! And plenty of them to change twice a day if need be.
Smart suits are in, but they need to fit really well. Invest in some tailored alterations
A grey Celine, or navy Max Mara or flamboyant vintage coat
Block heels (shoes are one area we can go a bit wild, Pom poms, glitter, contrasting heel anything goes, provided the ensemble is sombre on top)
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