Visiting Paris during Paris Fashion Week was a really fun experience, but sort of daunting when it came to deciding what to pack. As usual I ended up bringing way more clothes than I could actually wear, and even more typically, the three of us that went together ended up swapping and sharing earrings, shoes and everything in between.
We were pretty lucky with the weather, it was warm and sunny in the daytime and there’s something about that gorgeous warm light in Paris that looks straight out of a movie set and really gives your pictures that Je ne sais quoi.
For strolling, shopping and paying a visit to the infamous Sephora on the even more infamous Champs-elysee I wore the Dorothy Perkins blouse I spotted weeks ago and finally snapped up a day before our flight. I matched it with a Missguided faux leather skirt, River Island gilet and cute little Zara sling back ballet flats a la Chanel, how appropriate. I was warm and comfortable and a really nice American girl stopped me to compliment my outfit, which every style blogger just adores.
Beware the early evening, it feels like the temperature drops drastically around six o’clock and you’re literally left feeling out in the cold unless you’re well prepared. For our nights out I didn’t take a jacket at all, and braved the cold which meant I did end up with a bit of a sniffle.
As in typical French fashion, the Parisians took more of a laidback approach to dressing for a night out than you might expect to see in London. A lot of the girls wore ‘model chic’ outfits to the night-clubs, things like high waisted black leggings and bralets, a lot of black.
One of my favourite purchases for the trip was this forest green Pretty Little Thing dress, it was really comfortable, fit really well and was flattering, with no danger of a nip slip despite the low-slit sides. I wore it to the Vivienne Westwood after –party at BOUM BOUM which was a great night, together with gold Zara heeled sandals and a black Chanel bag.
Another favourite night time outfit was a simple black bandeau dress from Zara that I bought in about 2015, I styled it with matching crystal accessories, earrings, and a statement snake ring, I picked both up from a high-street store Lovisa, the bag is vintage. I wore my hair in a slick middle-part, in keeping with the simple theme, together with a brown smoky eye and nude lipstick. I wore nude strappy sandals from Lipsy.
For visiting the Eiffel Tower it was a skirt borrowed from my friend, a grey jumper from Primark, and these boots which we just have to talk about. I absolutely adore these boots, they’re from Missguided and I’ve worn them with skirts, jeans and dresses, day to night and they really elevate an outfit. I love the fit and the style of them and I’ve had so many compliments on them.
For a chilled café day it was a camel coloured roll-neck jumper, another gem from Dorothy Perkins, dark blue high-waisted jeans from Lee, and my Zara flats, I took the gilet along just in case. I’m so glad I’ve finally discovered Dorothy Perkins, it’s really good value and I like the thoughtful, subtle design touches on their garments, the roll-neck has a pretty pattern stitched into the hemming.
I had an amazing time in Paris with great friends and it was lovely to be in such a beautiful city. We had plenty of McDonald’s (cultured I know) but the blue cheese burger on the signature menu is insane, as is pretty much everything on the McCafe menu. Being in France made me want to get back into practicing my French and I really want to make that a priority this coming year.
What have you worn to Paris in the Autumn, or are you planning a trip soon and hunting for ideas? Let us know!