We kicked off our June trip to France with a long weekend in Paris. The itinerary was relaxed so I worked my packing around a casual theme. Comfortable shoes – sneakers and Birkenstocks – were rotated on big walking days, while a loafer took me through evenings. Sandals would have worked as well. A polished cross body (I brought an old Celine in taupe) and a lightweight Prada nylon bag were alternated during the day. I swapped those out for a small white Bottega for dinners. I packed a lightweight poplin print dress for warm days and a black ribbed tank dress which proved versatile in dressing up or down. Crisp cotton shirts, a white linen skirt, and a tank top for layering gave me plenty of styling options. For cooler temps, a black linen blazer and a cropped cardigan were useful and added polish.
I anchored the majority of my looks with classic black and white pieces. The Birkenstocks or loafers both looked chic with the skirt and blazer. On warmer days, I wore an opened cotton shirt in place of the blazer. Layered pearls went from day to night.
I’ve worn this print dress several times this season. It’s my go-to for comfort and one-and-done styling, especially on hot days. The woven black belt creates a better waistline than the simple string tie.
A pair of long, flare leg jeans made more sense than a cropped style for this trip. I knew I’d wear sneakers with them and could create more pulled together looks if the shoes weren’t so obvious. A stylish bag and blazer add a hint of polish.
A contrast tipped cropped cardigan added a second option for a pulled together look with the jeans. I wore the cardigan on its own without an additional layer and carried a printed scarf if I wanted more coverage.
A simple, black ribbed dress was incredibly versatile. I wore it with the blazer or a poplin shirt gathered and tied at the waist. I sized up on this style from COS so it would skim the body rather than fit snug. I like to contrast an all black look with white accessories for a subtle dose of style.