What to wear to Paris in spring – this is the best dilemma I’ve had in ages…!
When this post goes out I should already have arrived in Paris having taken the Eurostar early this morning: I am quite simply beyond excited. I was lucky enough to win La Redoute’s competition to find two brand ambassadors for a year – and as someone who’s been buying from them for years it’s basically a dream come true. I share the role with Nicolette of Archie & the Rug* for 12 months, and it starts today with a three day trip to Paris – oh la la!
There is so much that I’m looking forward to in my new role – I’ll keep you all updated on the blog with everything that goes on. We were given an allowance to buy some clothes and accessories for our trip; I’ve shown a few of them here plus other items and a couple of the outfits I’m taking with me. While I’m there you can follow my adventures via Instagram and Twitter – and see how my vertigo copes with the Eiffel Tower.
(Above, clockwise from top right: La Redoute bag; The Paris storage box La Redoute sent me as a gift; Accessorize trilby, Lulus sandals)
(Above, Outfit 1, on left: Lulus sunglasses, La Redoute blouse, La Redoute jeans, Aldo heels, Lipsy watch, Necklace – unknown. Outfit 2, on right: La Redoute scarf, Asos aviators, Marks & Spencer trousers, Lotus loafers, River Island watch, La Redoute sweater)
I will of course be embracing my inner Bardot/Deneuve/Chanel while I’m there and choosing some simple (for me) outfits with some pastels, a bit of tailoring, my classic trench coat, white loafers, black stilettoes, a leopard print trilby – I’ve been really good and tried to plan my outfits way in advance so as not to over pack. Which I always do, usually. I’m basically keepin’ it chic (as opposed to real?!) and avoiding the clichéd Breton tops and ballet flats – and definitely no berets… how funny would that be? I don’t want to look like I’m trying too hard to do Parisian style.
Another part of the prize was a year’s subscription to Grazia and a trip behind the scenes of a Grazia photo shoot next week, which should be so exciting. So I’ll let you know how that goes too. Wish me Bon voyage…!
Have any of you – especially those outside of Europe – been to Paris before? How did you find it, and of course: what did you wear? Did you think French style was as chic as they say it is – let me know in the comments!
*Amendment October 2014: Due to family commitments Nicole wasn’t able to continue with her ambassador role, so the role has been taken over by Rachel of Lady M Presents.