The countdown is on, and I am heading to Paris in a little under a month! I have been thinking a lot about what I will need to pack. It is a very cold time of the year in Paris, and it is also often rainy (and lately its been snowy). I want to be warm enough to walk around all day and not be miserable, but I also want to channel my inner Parisian. I am feeling a neutral palette (mostly black) with a pop of color. At home I love the color, but something about Paris in winter feels very minimalist chic.
I think these ladies capture the aesthetic (and the attitude) I'm thinking of quite well:
coat (which is a BR style steal!), the cashmere sweater, tank, and silk blouse are from internet retailer Everlane, an online company that carries stylish staples at reasonable prices. My dream suitcase would be filled with all of the above plus these goodies. (Does this look more funereal chic than Parisian chic?)
Carry-on: Because I am flying from San Francisco to the east coast and then from the east coast to Paris, I will be spending a lot of time in the airport and on the plane. I need a grown-up carry on to keep a change of clothes and some toiletries with me to freshen up. I've already blogged about this one from Cuyana. I am so close to pulling the trigger on this purchase!
Cape: I did get this amazing cape for Christmas. Perfect for travel.
Hat: Could I pull of a hat? Maybe not in the United States. In Paris? I think I could.
Leather tote: I love this simple black tote. I am debating between a roomy bag to carry a day's odds and ends and a smaller cross body bag for ease. This J. Crew number (see bottom of the collage) has a detachable strap so it can double as a clutch.
Black Turtleneck and Black Jodhpur Pants: These pants would be great with boots during the day or heels at night.
Accessories make the outfit: Tortoise shell shades, alpaca infinity scarf, and a pop of color in the form of a red lip and a red nail.
Footwear is my biggest concern. I need comfort, warmth, and waterproof style. I am thinking Hunter's might be my best bet (with these awesome shearling insoles), or a low black boot, or, get this, a Rachel Zoe sneaker. Can you imagine that woman in sneakers? I am skeptical, but hey, if she approved them, I imagine the French will too.
All this being said, I intend to do my research. I've ordered Parisian Chic and Lessons from Madame Chic to keep me in the know. That's a whole lot of chic happening up in here.