Packing for Paris or any city when there is a heatwave is tough.
As much as we would all love to be relaxing by the seaside in our bathing suits on a rainbow of colours, it is not always possible. European summers are generally warm, wherever you travel and the chances of wandering in the heat are high.
My packing for Paris rules work pretty much for 9 months of the year but when it’s hot my suitcase changes. I am often asked what to wear in the city when it is sweltering and close.
My answer is always the same. Wear dresses and try linen ones.
A dress I can wear with sneakers if I am walking all day, with espadrilles if it’s a moderately paced day and with a heel if it is a meeting out and about. My philosophy about simple and classic doesn’t change because in most instances a city is not the place for moo moos or caftans. They just don’t look right. I would love to wear dressy shorts and a little tee but that’s a mere figment in my imagination.
An aside, I tell my girls all the time to show their fabulous legs because sometimes legs and knees can lose their prettiness. Know what I mean;)?
How I miss the winter dressing up when I am stuck in the middle of a heat wave. These last two weeks have been very warm in London, Paris and Provence. All I want to wear is this style of dress; pants are too tight and hot in these kinds of temperatures. As much as I love my man style suits, even in linen they are quite suffocating.
This is what we need in our suitcases for a summer city break when it is too hot for our 3 easy pieces; simple linen dresses, with or without arms depending on your preference. If sleeveless is your choice it is useful to have a linen or cotton scarf to wrap around the shoulders for sun protection.
Linen dresses pack flat, are light and cool to wear and if mine get crushed it doesn’t matter. I lost my fret about creased linen years ago and actually a little bit of wear looks very Parisian. Like their hair, the Parisian do ruffled linen quite happily. As long as the hair, the sunglasses and the make-up are slick you won’t feel messy.
Cool as can be. xv
Packing For Paris: The Summer Solution
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