I really am packing for Paris.
I cannot wait to be walking the streets, taking in the beauty and catching up with friends. I have the best intentions to observe what is happening with street style and take a note of the women and what they are wearing. Paris may be another major city to many but to me she is a true beauty and one I never tire of or take for granted.
I am in the mood to let the camera guide me; no fixed plans other than snapping as I walk my way around arrondissements.
What am I packing?
I am following my Packing For Paris rules and have already thought out my three pairs of shoes, my blazer (the velvet will fit in here), the cross body bag and the LBD. What is making me confused is the coat situation. Paris has dropped her temperatures and the trench or blazer alone is probably not warm enough and the duffle/puffer too warm. A coat is in order, but which one?
If only voyages were as glamorous as these images depict. Restrictions in all kinds of ways mean less to carry is absolutely more. The coat to have at this time of year is the one that can be worn everywhere; even on the train. Warm enough to shield from the elements, yet not so hot that once inside it will have to be carried. I want a coat to work with a tee shirt, turtleneck or blouse underneath and one that can suit all day and into the evening. Travelling anywhere in the northern hemisphere at this time of year means this kind of piece.
A well-tailored overcoat is one of those pieces that can elevate style simply and easily. Somehow when we wear a tailored coat, whether it is a trench or an overcoat, everything underneath seems to matter that bit less. The best part of a winter climate is the ability to have a wardrobe of coats; since moving to Europe I have taken advantage.
A good coat makes me feel well put together, groomed and ready for anything. It is probably all nonsense but I promise it works.
So back to Paris and the dilemma of which coat.
I have been test driving shapes, lengths and details.
I think the answer is something knee length or slightly longer, any further down my legs and I would look like I am wearing a blanket. Tall girls have the advantage when it comes to super long overcoats.
The idea of double breasted appeals to me; a style that is flexible with temperature conditions and I never mind wearing a double breasted coat either open or semi buttoned.
Slightly military in inspiration could work.
A half belt at the back, perhaps? Or fabulous buttons to give detail to what will be no doubt a dark colour.
I don’t seem to have this style of coat in my ever expanding wardrobe of coats; I will soon ;) xv
Packing For Paris: To Solve The Dilemma
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Packing For Paris
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