closet for paris / breanna rose

Now that our trip to France is all official, semi-panic has set in that we only have a little over a MONTH to plan everything. Once our accommodations were set and out of the way, my mind drifted immediately to my closet & what I should bring with. I definitely don’t consider myself a fashion expert, so I started making a list of the basics one would need for travel. I took a peek at my closet and pulled out things that I thought work work, which is visualized above. I either own or have something similar to all of these items. Although I don’t necessarily feel like I know what I’m doing when it comes to Paris fashion, I plan on keeping it simple and learning more while there. What do you guys think??

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  1. Beth says:

    Great picks! I love the dress and the boots. And you can never go wrong with a denim shirt. Have a great trip!

  2. Angel Y. says:

    How exciting! I’m glad to hear the trip is definitely on. I adore all of your choices and think they would be great for a Paris trip.

  3. Latrina says:

    Looks great! The only thing I would recommend is to make sure you have some really comfy walking shoes! Stylish or not, I doubt you will care once you are there. ;)

  4. heather says:

    Ooh la las! Very Paris-esque indeed.
    I feel like spring/summer dresses + a jean jacket is always a good choice.

    This is pretty silly, but here’s what Gossip Girl would advise a Paris traveler to wear. Hehe. ;)

  5. love the red dress, very practical. else would recommend shoes that you don’t mind being in (on cobblestone) all day, black or dark denim, a couple of scarves…

  6. alicia says:

    Looks comfy and perfect for travel!! That’s probably exactly what my luggage would look like.
    Bri over at deisgnlovefest just made a little post about her recent Paris trip, make sure you check it out!!

  7. dee says:

    i just got back from Paris a few weeks ago and it was really cold. i love everything you’ve chosen, but be prepared for rain…you will fall in love with that city. =)

  8. Jade Sheldon says:

    I’m so thrilled for you! Paris is amazing. Be prepared for lots of walking and for rain!

  9. Aubri says:

    I like your plan! I’m most definitely in freak out mode on what to bring. Somethings I’ve gotten and somethings I’ve let time get away from me! Ah!

  10. Kate says:

    Mmm, can’t go wrong with chambray or leather! Have a wonderful time!

  11. Julianna M says:

    Love the picks, especially that jacket!!! but i think you should go for some shoes that have a little more support if your planning to be walking lots! like maybe these?

  12. Amielle says:

    That dress is utter perfection! And the best advice I can give for clothes to wander around in is: make sure they’re comfortable. If you’re comfortable, you’ll have a lot more fun. (I say this from painful experience!)

  13. Kayla says:

    So excited for you! I actually was in Paris last year about the same time you’re going, so here are my tips:
    1. Comfy shoes! I wore ankle booties with an extra insole and it was the best. I brought other shoes, but never wore them once I figured out that I coukd only walk for a few hours in them.
    2. Umbrella. Get a compact one you can stash in your purse and keep on you at all times.
    3. Black skinny jeans (or similar). Super versatile. You can mix and match tops, but a good pair of black pants will serve you VERY well.
    4. Basic knowledge of French. The french are like coconuts; tough on the outside, but sweet on the onside. A few simple phrases will go a LONG way. Make sure to greet EVERY shop/restaurant staff/salesperson with “Bonjour Monsieur/Madame”. And it’s never inapproprate to say “s’il vous plâit” or “merci” for anything.
    5. Have fun!! Regardless of anything, have a great time and don’t care what anyone thinks of you. You’ll never see them again. Plus, being self confident is VERY Parisian, so there’s that.

  14. Hello!

    Quick suggestion. : ) I love your posts, work, blog, etc.

    In terms of Paris style, it’s very fitted, very simple, probably what we’d Americans call “sleek.” Depending on your activities and blending in, I’d wear an over-the-shoulder bag rather than a backpack, and pack light, comfortable (yet not too billowy) maxi dresses and skirts with sandals. Simple Ts/tanks, fitted with a side knot would work with leggings and/or ankle length slacks/skinnies.

    For outerwear this time of year, I’d plan on layering. Bringing a sweater you can put under a blazer, rather than a hooded jacket. Keep your noggin warm with a fedora or beanie.

    I don’t mean to dictate, but it’s just my two cents for blending. When I was in Paris I was a young college kid, couldn’t care less what I looked like, and the locals weren’t shy about staring, lol. If I went now, I’d definitely want to be comfortable, but chic within Parisienne parameters as well.

    Good luck!

  15. amber says:

    So exciting! Number 3 and Number 6, heck yes!

  16. Mae says:

    I love your pics, very reasonable for all the walking but still chic.

    If you want some good tips as to how Parisiennes dress, try reading Ines de la Fressange’s style guide e-book: Parisian Chic: A Style Guide. It’s got a great section of photos of the essential Parisienne’s chic, pared down closet and it also has sections of great places to shop.

    I am so jealous of your trip and I can’t wait to see and read all about it! Again, still hoping you table your Hawaii trip for some time in the next couple of years.

  17. I agree with Kayla…
    The sweetest people I met in Europe were French folk (opposite of what I was told). But if you aren’t fluent, then you absolutely should learn and use simple phrases, just so they know you’re trying. May can still be cooler, especially at night, so be sure to layer (as others suggested). Jealous!

  18. Angela says:

    Hi Bre! These are all great pieces… one thing to keep in my mind though is save some space & money for a little Parisian shopping. They have so many fantastic boutiques filled with the best basics to bring back to the States! I packed a little too much the first time around, but the last time I was back, I only packed essentials and brought back gems! Hope you have an amazing trip!

  19. Joy @ OSS says:

    I love all your picks. They’re well suited for the climate and all the travelling you’ll be doing!

  20. ! We are going to Paris in late June! I just found your blog, and I absolutely love it. Can’t wait to hear more about your Paris plans. We are so behind on getting our plans together.

  21. SALLY says:

    looks like a pretty perfect travel wardrobe! i have three of those topshop dresses in different colours, they’re the most useful things ever!

  22. Han says:

    Outfit looks great but don’t get a backpack or if you do get one with chain mail insides and a padlock – it will get nicked!! some one will slash it open to steal your purse. Paris is lovely but you are guaranteed to have something stolen on your trip!

    Better to get a small side bag and one of those money wallets. so if one gets stolen you still have money to get home.

  23. Lena says:

    Your picks look very good! From my own experience in Paris I can also tell you that comfy shoes are important – but the ones you showed here look pretty comfy to me. A dress is an excellent choice, parisian women wear skirts and dresses a lot and it makes you want to do the same. And I wouldn’t be too worried about someone stealing your things – just be careful, but in the normal way you’d be in every big city. No need to freak out. And the tip about leaving some space in your suitcase for things you shop there is one I’d second!

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