For a woman traveling to France, one of the most fun preparations is figuring out what she should pack. French women are admired for looking put-together, and Paris is known as the fashion capitol of the world. Here are a few simple guidelines you can follow to look and feel like you belong in France.
French women know how to function with a tiny closet. You too only need to buy a few basic, nice items that will last forever. They should be interchangeable so that each piece can provide you with a few different outfits. Inexpensive fabrics look cheap, especially when surrounded by all of their higher-quality counterparts in France. When fashionistas tell you to invest in a simple wardrobe, they mean it. Don’t think that you have to spend a fortune on these pieces either. Browse thrift stores and vintage boutiques to find durable pencil skirts and blazers made from quality fabric for a fraction of the cost. Because these items are always “in,” you should be able to find them easily.
Next, focus on accessories. Make a statement from head to toe. In cooler months, don a hat and scarf. Choose this kind of wild accessory to play up the basics of your outfit, which should mostly range the neutrals, from whites to blacks to beiges.
Women know that style is all about the shoes. If you’re not used to the cobbled streets in Paris though, leave the crazy couture heels in the store windows. Only the most experienced French fashionistas attempt that. Instead of looking classy and glamorous, you’ll be spotted as a tourist right away. Did you invest in travel medical insurance? Good planning on your part, but you don’t want to have to use it. Avoid sprains and embarrassing moments by sticking with shoes with thick wedges, flats or boots.
Complement that Parisian look with hair and makeup that is subtle and classy. Your face is often the first thing people see and definitely what they remember — more than any outfit you may wear. You can browse many websites like Pinterest to find the perfect French hairstyle. You’ll also want to keep your nails trimmed, clean and polished.
While on your trip, remember these tips, and you’ll look like you just stepped off a runway. Pack high-quality basics with great accessories to get that put-together look you crave. Spend some time finding a great hairstyle and makeup routine. You’ll look like you’ve lived in Paris all your life — at least until they hear your accent.