As any woman who’s traveled Europe with a single suitcase knows, Paris is always the focal point of one's packing strategies. Nevermind that I spent three weeks in the Balkans and three days in Paris, those three days between the heat of Macedonia and the humidity of Prague constituted the apex of my pre-trip packing panic attacks.
However, every woman with half a mind to visit Paris also knows the rules: don’t overdo it. When in doubt, go with the black. Wear your best shoes. One accessory is permissible, two is pushing it. Less is more less is more less is more. At some point, I began to wonder if there was a correlation between the minimalism of Parisian chic and European Packing Lite™. Either way ladies, don’t question it because as I found, the less time I spent trying to make sense of too many options in my suitcase, the more time I had to sip rosé and munch on dill-and-salmon crepes.
Here’s what I came up with.
Daytime: Poplin and Jeans
Poplin is having a moment, thanks in part to excellent pieces like this embroidered Carven blouse, so a few days before I swanned off to the Continent, I marched into the nearest Zara and snagged this simple ruffled number. It was a no-brainer that I could feel fresh and put-together for days. Think of it as my take on the jeans and white tee look. It’s exactly the kind of thing you want in a tiny suitcase–a casual-yet-chic look that you would choose over and over again without thinking twice about it.
Nighttime: Dresses are Overrated, Maybe
I don’t know about you, but I find the sheer volume of dress silhouettes available to the modern 21st century woman completely and entirely overwhelming. The more I explore my own femininity, the more I crisis about which styles are right for me–especially when it comes to packing for a surprise dinner at the stunning restaurant Les Ombres at the Museé du quai Branly. The slip? The maxi? The kimono? The cinch-waist? I can’t be bothered. So while my traveling companion owned her LBD and statement necklace, I took the coward’s way out and opted for a jumpsuit. It’s clean, it’s powerful, and this particular Ted Baker beauty is just the right amount of floral for a night out with a breathtaking view of the Eiffel Tower–identity crises be damned.
Actually Dresses Might be Useful…
Okay, okay I lied. I do wear dresses, and it was entirely necessary that I bring at least one as shorts in Paris are entirely unacceptable (I mean, I gotta air out somehow). What I didn’t expect was for this striped navy shift dress to pair so well with my Kate Spade Small Rachelle. A happy accident, as bringing only one purse amounted to zero other options, but I ran with it and ended up feeling that much more adventurous wandering through the boutiques of Le Marais. Who knew that wearing that much more color could add an extra bounce to your step?
Thanks to Naomi Andrews for making me #gostandthere