Thursday, March 12, 2015

Packing List: What to Pack to Paris

I travel to Paris and London frequently and I am sharing with you a guide about what to wear to these cities.

I usually go to Paris and London in the Spring or Fall, but I have been there in the Summer too.
With that in mind, I have created outfits that you can mix and match as well as layer.
The wardrobe I have created is for one week of travel.  If you are going to be there longer, I suggest doing laundry.

I always fit all of my clothes onto a carry-on bag.  I've heard horror stories of lost checked bags on international trips - especially stories in Paris because France frequently goes on strike!
Imagine going to the most fashionable city without clothes! The horror!

Tops and Tees

Nº 1 // A Breton Striped Tee- You have to wear a striped tee in France! The one I wore is sold out but I found these similar ones: authentic French version, red versionHere with eyelets on the bottom, a long sleeve version and long sleeve here, maternity version here, cute yellow off-the-shoulder top, dress version here AND my new *fave* Breton striped tee here.

Nº 2 //A white and grey t-shirt   - A white tee and grey tee go with everything. This is is the one I go to. This is the grey version.   

Nº 3 // A Nice Blouse - You need a blouse that you can wear to a nice restaurant.  Long sleeve silk black crossover blouse and sleeveless with a bow or this off the shoulder blouse.

Nº 4 // Chambray Shirt - I like this shirt because it goes with everything and is fashionable. I love this J.Crew version or a longer tunic version.

Nº 5 // Sleeveless Shirt - It is nice to pack a sleeveless shirt or tank top because that way you are prepared for unexpected (or expected!) warm weather!  Sometimes the museum can become very hot too.  Here is a cold shoulder top (under $50!) reasonably priced peplum top, flattering drape sleeveless top,  

Outerwear and Dresses

Nº 6 //  A Black Blazer - This is essential as you can dress this blazer up or down. I am wearing a similar Helmut Lang blazer but also like this cotton black blazer perfect for Spring/Summer.

Nº 7 //  Long Sweater Cardigan  - A long sweater cardigan is great for layering and on the airplane and for cooler days. I'm wearing a similar cardigan (this one is a good deal), and also like this oversized one, and then there's this one which is soft as butter.

Nº 8 //  A Little Black Dress  - A LBD is a wardrobe staple and can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion. A racerback dress for under $50 and a crepe shift dress.

Nº 9 // The Trench Coat  - You need a trench coat that will keep you dry in Europe! It frequently rains there for all seasons, except the middle of Summer.  I'm wearing this trenchcoat because it is waterproof but this Barbour coat is one of my favorites too! 

Jeans and Pants 
Nº 10 // Jeans - I just got these skinny boyfriend jeans  and I *LOVE* them as they are flattering and comfy.  The Europeans love skinny jeans.

Nº 11 // Black Skinny Jeans- You can't go wrong with a pair of black skinny jeans. Here is the Splurge version and steal version or these black leatherette jeans.  They are nice because you can dress then up or down as well.

Nº 12 // Ballerina Flat - The ballerina flat is a must-wear in Paris.  If you want to look super French, buy these ones.  I like the travel ballet flats which are super comfy or these, which have a tons of reviews and are under $100.

Nº 13 // Black Booties - Black booties never go out of style, especially in Europe! I'm wearing these Frye Booties but I also love these Sam Edelman booties.  If you are going to Europe in the warmer months I would suggest instead bringing a pair of mules.

Nº 14 // Mules and Loafers- If you are going to London or Paris in the warmer months, I suggest wearing some slip on mules or loafers instead of bringing booties.  They are super fashionable at the moment and the Parisians and Londoners love this chic shoe. I like these affordable slip on mules,  the splurge version,  the tassel version for under $100, and these loafers.

Nº 15 // Retro Cool Sneaker - I have been wearing these Converse Chuck Taylors  to Europe for years and every time I go, Europeans ask me where I got my shoes. *smirk, they think I'm coolThese kicks are retro cool by Adidas are also cool and so are these by Nike

Nº 16 // A Scarf  - You must bring one scarf with you for the plane and then buy all other scarves in Paris. I like this Ted Baker Scarf floral scarf or Burberry Scarf or monochromatic silk scarf or cute leopard print blanket scarf perfect for the plane and under $50, or cute scarf under $20!

Nº 17 // A Cross bodybag  - A small cross body shoulder bag is perfect for your slim camera, passport, wallet, travel umbrella, and lip gloss. I love this cute mini bucket bag or Vegan Leather Crossbody Bag in baby blue or Tory Burch Crossbody or a bag that is a deal that looks like a Chloe bag! (under $50!).  Honestly though, buy a bag in Paris when you're there.

Nº 18 // a Necklace- Accessorize your outfit with a necklace.  I recommend a simple necklace as the big bold necklaces are not fashionable there.  The scarf instead is worn as a statement necklace.  I like this small initial necklace or this simple necklace.

Nº 19 // Travel Umbrella - Who knows when it's going to rain. This is umbrella by Lilly P fits in your purse 

Nº 20 // A watch  - I find that when I go to Europe I wear a watch compared to when I am back in the US.  I usually use my cell phone in the USA, but as I frequently don't carry my phone there, I actually wear a watch to tell the time. I love this black and gold watch,  track your steps with the Apple Watch, or go with a classic and timeless Timex watch (good deal!) 

Nº 21 // Sunglasses - I always wear a pair of chic sunglasses to Europe. You will find yourself walking around outside a lot (8-10 miles per day!) and you will find some sunglasses very helpful! Fashionable Round Ray-bans, Mirrored Aviators for $60,  high fashion splurge sunglasses,  Deal sunglasses.

The most common question I get asked is... how can I dress like a Parisian? Below I've put together an outfit!
How to dress like a Parisian
How to dress like a Parisian: Striped shirt // black pants // chic scarf // ballet flats splurgesteal  // pretty purse 

What to Pack to Paris 2015 2016 by Peonies and Orange Blossoms.

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  1. I love to make plans for what to pack! This looks perfect! Enjoy your trip! Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!

    1. I was creating a board in my head so I decided to write about one!