I'm off today for Paris (and London)! I've just pulled out my carry-on suitcase (yes, carry-on...no checked luggage for this gal) and am strategically planning my outfits for the week. My strategy is to leave plenty of space in my carry-on for room to bring home brocante and vintage couture treasures while at the same time packing suitable ensembles to avoid the "Homeless" look. I err on the side of under packing because, well, why fret about whether you brought enough undies, socks or pants when there are laundries widely available in Paris (or you could just buy more)?
When packing for any destination, I try to pack staple pieces that are culturally appropriate - for Paris (Parisians are known for their effortless fashion ensembles, usually coordinated in muted tones and always with a scarf), this means basic black and gray layers - I opt for a basic black T by Bailey 44, long-sleeve gray T by Barneys, gray cashmere cape by Skull Cashmere, black leggings by Ella Moss and a navy skull-print scarf, and comfortable (but fashionable) tennies. These clothing pieces accomplish my goal of soft thin textures that are easily rolled (less volume), intermixable and wrinkle free! I also always pack a chic but cotton dress noir - mixes great with a cape and ballet flats, and you never know when you might be invited to a dignitary's for dinner!
Since Paris weather can be moody, chic layers are an essential. Layers also allow you to change your "look" without extra luggage weight. That one pair of jeans can go from tourist trailblazer to cocktail hour elegant with the change of a top and accessories. I like to keep a pair of ballet flats in my handbag, so I can easily switch out my touristy trainers for smart shoes before a shopping or site seeing pit stop into a restaurant or bar (who has time to head back to the hotel first?).
Follow my adventures in Paris on Instagram! I'll be back in a week! A Bien Tot.
All images by Brooklyn Boheme unless otherwise noted.