Dress like the Parisians in Summer

Old May 16th, 2004, 08:45 PM
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*Oops got posted mid sentence.*

Suze - Thanks for your advice. It would be ideal but unfortunately time and budget constraints rule. And also your confidence in my washing sensibilities.

Done! Will be bringing my egg blue casual jacket. =)

Used to bring realiable Woolite but found this better stuff called Essence which allows you to handwash "Dry-clean only" clothes. It's a lifesaver.

Ooh, your story about the pinched laptop just sent shivers in me, ninasdream. I cannot afford to lose my notebook. I've spent too much time, effort and money is that baby of mine. It has near all the information I know. That's why I was against the official black leather bag from IBM. Think it screams "Laptop in here!" Any more advice on that issue? (Other than the great ones I'm getting from everyone.)

Ira, could I please clarify. The pointy shoes (I own a couple) are they being worn at all by anyone or just displayed in the windows? What is the condition of the streets for heels? Don't mean stilettos but normal 1.5-ish inch ones.

StCirq - Your toddler is one lucky child. My day is made if my socks even match

Thanks for the brand names to check on, FauxSteMarie and BTilke.
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Old May 16th, 2004, 09:10 PM
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Message: All I can say is that I believe I've been instilled a good undie/outie washing regime. Thanks, Mum. =p

Airlawgirl - I agree that I want to settle my wardrobe before I reach there so I can free my mind for better things there. Unfortunately, I'm moving on to London after Paris and so want to be mobile with my luggage. Just little ol' me lugging one Samsonite Oyster down the streets.

And I would love to travel light and buy stuff there, Suze but as pointed out by ALG, my course is from 9 - 7 everyday other than weekends which I'm going to soak the Parisian sights. Musuems, Side trips out, etc.. In addition, would rather spend on trips and sights than shopping there.

Suze - Thanks for your advice. It would be ideal but


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Old May 16th, 2004, 09:49 PM
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m_k2 is like Kathy Lee Gifford- the self absorbed poster we love to hate, who knows EVERYTHING and who makes me laugh my bum/derriere/ass off! I just feel sorry for newbies who don't understad her and actually respond to her bizarre posts.
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Old May 16th, 2004, 10:36 PM
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Tigress,
just 3 questions...
- don't you think it is better to look like a well-dressed american lady than a pale imitation of some accurately undefinable "parisian" executive woman?
- do you think that you will resist to parisian shopping during a month, even with budget restraints? all parisian women have budget restraints!

The answers you get here are all quite contradictory and are only proving you can wear about anything you want..., just do it with taste and be yourself.

Two more things before the final question;
- if you don't wear black, don't take a black bag/purse either, take a coloured one.
- backpacks are only defended by those who were them, but really, they have never been really classy.

And now the final question, just to get some things in perspective: suppose you go to Tombouctou, would you ask what the norm clothing to wear in Tomboctou is???
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Old May 17th, 2004, 12:07 AM
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Baldrick, if you are referring to nylon or camping type backpacks, I would agree they are not suitable for professional wear. But if you are referring to the type of small to moderately sized leather backpacks (the purse/backpack combo) from a good manufacturer like Delvaux, Longchamp, etc., then you are WAY WAY off the mark!! I have seen "classy" women wearing them at OECD meetings, in the Plaza Athenee Hotel, at the Paris Ritz, at restaurants like Les Brasseries Georges in Brussels and Les Ambassadeurs in Paris. And in Vienna at places like the Sacher Hotel, Steiereck, Morwald's, Sky Bar, and so on. I bought one only after seeing them worn by so many classy women here in Europe.
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Old May 17th, 2004, 01:35 AM
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Sorry but there was a typo mistake in my sentence: backpacks are only defended by those who WEAR them, but really, they have never been really classy.
Now BTilke, I am not referring to the camping type.
And it is not because Delvaux, Longchamp, Vuitton and lots of others made a fashion of these kind a bags that it is really classy. The price tag certainly shows that you belong to a certain 'class' of people, but that doesn't make it "classy". The product may be of a very good manufacturing quality, but that doesn't make it "classy". These backpacks clearly lack distinction in my opinion.
But that is only my opinion ;-)
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Old May 17th, 2004, 02:50 AM
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Well Badrick, your opinion clearly is *NOT* shared by thousands of classy women across Belgium, France, Germany and Austria. Many of the women I know who wear them are charming, intelligent, well dressed, and gracious. About as classy as they come...it's your post dismissing and denigrating them that in MY opinion is insulting and definitely NOT classy
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Fashion houses that show in Paris are not always a French based designer, the best example of this is Griffin - a British streetwear designer based on the Porotbello Rd., however, he always shows his collections in Paris, thus being known as a Paris based designer.

"Robin's egg blue", how quaint, this colour is known widely as duck egg blue when referring to paint colours, or ice when talking about fashion.

Furthermore, in every city, I think I'll confine this to European ones, there are people who ooze effortless chic, others are covered in designer clothes but still look a mess, and then there are those in high street who still look wonderful, and some unmentionables who look a mess in cheap clothes.

In Paris, London.... people aren't concerned about other "no name slobs" to quote the lovely late Audrey Hepburn. If you really want to look Parisienne, learn French, sunbathe until you achieve that crepey skin, and smoke lots of strong cigarettes. Be yourself, fashion is about discovering one's own identity through the expression of others, you should aim to develop your own style. Although, by your age you should've already done this.

In response to another poster's comments, but of course you couldn't wear your daughter's clothes, surely that's obvious? I'd like to think it is.

As for the backpack debate, I refrain from calling it the great backpack debate as it is anything but, in fact I'll refer to it as the petty backpack debate. Backpacks in the vain of hiking, in bulky nylon and assorted garish colours can never ever be fashionable, agreed. However, Louis Vuttion ones, when worn by someone who is suitable, I'm thinking beautifully figured Japanese women, do indeed look attractive. As for "classy" is a high-class prostitute "classy" because she chooses to call herself high-class? Is one smoking Treasurer cigarettes (supposedly the finest in the world) in the street classy? No, smoking in the street is common regardless. Lastly, who cares? True class cannot be bought or accessorised, one has to be born classy, backpack or not!
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Old May 17th, 2004, 04:14 AM
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Hi Lily,

Caroll is another good brand name to check out. It has good cuts and many of its clothes can be machine washed (of course, never use too hot water, and follow the instructions). And in certain items it even reaches the size 46 ...

http://www.caroll.com/

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Old May 17th, 2004, 05:18 AM
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Interesting post, M-K, you obviously have more than a passing interest in the fashion world!
 
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I wear a beige nylon backpack by Longchamp, because it's the size(small) lightweight, simple shape that I need to do errands an my bike. I do not drive. I find the Herme's scarves too warm in summer, as I do my amber beads and such. I prefer sea glass colors, beiges and creams in summeer.Tiny heels for me or flats.
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Old May 17th, 2004, 10:41 AM
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Speaking of threads, would have to conclude the women's suppremacy is not in doubt. And does it strike anyone else as weird that people get on a chatline to find out how to dress.
 
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Not really, blacktie. Some live far from big cities and want to know how to dress. Others were never taught.
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Old May 17th, 2004, 10:57 AM
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oh, of course - people from urbana know, hicksville don't. You really buy that, don't you. I think Tiger is having her way with you.
 
Old May 17th, 2004, 11:02 AM
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No, that's not what I mean. You know city slickers do not dress alike and all suberban housewives do not wear Lillie or Talbots. I think it's fine if one is not sure, that they care enough how to be appropiate.
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Old May 17th, 2004, 11:14 AM
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oh, I do agree with you. But the outfits described by a few who post here remind one of little girl clothes. They don't have a clue. I trust Tiger's discerning.
 
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I carry a small black leather bag and my laptop separately in it's own small black leather bag. If your laptop case is large enough, you could substitute it for your purse, but then you would have to take the laptop everyplace with you . . . not an appealing prospect. A previous poster said backpacks (knapsacks) are for students and she was correct.

I stand by my "keep it neutral and very conservative" above.
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Old May 17th, 2004, 11:24 AM
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I just dress nice but comfortable..Europe, especially Paris is not what it used to be..Now even there, anything goes..Dont worry about it..
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Old May 17th, 2004, 11:29 AM
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Blacktie, Dress is not a problem for the business man. A suit and tie is acceptable anywhere. If you're really in doubt, wear a dark suit, white shirt and tie. Women have more choices and face more criticism. I think it is entirely appropriate to ask for suggestions. Then a discerning woman would take the suggestions, fit them into her circumstances, budget and personal tastes and come up with her own decision. It's called doing your research.

My assumption is that when women have been accepted in business as long as men have, these sorts of questions will no longer arise. Until that time, it behooves us to answer as best we can.
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SalB honey, you are so perceptive!
Little girl clothes? yes, the story about the toddler and her socks was indeed about a little girl LOL
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