I’m going to be doing a detailed itinerary of what we did in Paris, but first I thought I’d round up the outfits I packed. Not going to lie here… I did an excellent job of packing the right things. Packing is one of the stressors I have when it comes to traveling. (And it probably will be until we have some Harry Potter-esque floo powder that I can use to transport my entire closet with me.) I always worry that I’m going to forget something or pack the wrong thing or wish I had brought different shoes, or whatever.
So a week before the trip, the weather looked ~perfect~ or “parfait” as the French would say. It looked sunny every day and in the mid-60s. That’s the easiest type of weather to pack for because you can do sweaters or light coats and not have to worry about actually staying warm.
Then as our travel day got closer, the weather started to look poorer and poorer. It was going to be in the mid/high 40s/low 50s and chance of rain every day. This is the hardest to pack for! At least if it’s freezing every day, you can carry on a giant puffer, wear the same jeans, and your warmest boots every day. The pretty-cold-not-freezing-maybe-rainy is tough.
But my outfits ended up being spot-on and I gave myself a little pat on my back.
Please enjoy these mirror selfies 😂
I have no photos of what I wore on the flight over, which is probably for the best considering my lack of sleep. But I wore my heaviest coat, a turtleneck over a white tee, jeans, and sneakers. (I’m usually freezing on flights, but I was so hot on that one– I was relieved to have on a simple white tee under my turtleneck, which I rolled up and used as a neck pillow, ha.) I wore pretty much the same thing on the way home, so not much to report there.
DAY 1 // Walking around/Museum Hopping
When I put this on, I was expecting a rather leisurely day since we had just arrived on the red eye. I think we were running on adrenaline though and ended up covering some serious ground over the course of the day. This was the simplest of outfits I packed and, frankly, you just can’t go wrong with black trousers and a trench in Paris! These pants are miracle pants. They look super dressy but are as comfortable as leggings– great for traveling and work.
DAY 2 // More Exploring
This was the outfit I was most excited to wear when I packed it for the trip. It’s super comfortable, but I felt very put together. I mentioned in Friday’s post that I was nervous about wearing these boots for the first time. I had nothing to worry about because they are insanely comfortable– I walked 12+ miles in them this day alone. (Which was also the first time I wore them!)
DAY 3 // Garden hopping, shopping, exploring
Another cold day called for a cashmere turtleneck under a wool coat. I packed these gloves for the trip too and I’m so glad I did. Warm and easy to flip over and off when you need to text or (take a photo 😉).
DAY 4 // Day Trip to Normandy
For this day, I dressed for comfort and warmth above everything else. I wish I had brought a beanie to wear, but my beret was going to have to make do. I wore my warmest coat, a thick turtleneck, jeans, and rain boots. I swapped out the Longchamp I had been carrying in Paris for this tote so I’d have more room to hold snacks and extra water.
Day 5 // Rainy day of exploring
I had to bring out my rain boots for the first half of the day because it was so rainy and I didn’t want to ruin my shoes. I almost didn’t pack this red trench, but I’m glad I did. Sounds so dumb, but it really popped in photos on such a cloudy day.
One last thing though, I carried my black Longchamp every day (besides the day trip to Normandy). It’s the best bag to travel with, especially if you’re worried about pickpocketing. I like that it zips all the way across and tucks nicely under my shoulder while still fitting everything I need, including a camera, throughout the day. It also folds up super tightly, so it doesn’t take up valuable space for souvenirs on the way home.
Okay! Later this week I’ll share actual photos from the trip + the details from the itinerary!