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Packing light -- 12 days in Paris in June/July

Packing light -- 12 days in Paris in June/July

Jun 25th, 2008, 11:59 AM
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Bermuda shorts and Paris - bad match, IMHO.

Your list is still much longer than mine would be, and I love clothes!

I'd be taking:

1 dressy dress
1 sundress
1 skirt
1 pair of long cotton pants
1 pair of cropped pants
7-10 tops, to include a couple of sleevless ones, a couple of short-sleeved ones, one long-sleeved one, a lightweight long-sleeved cover of some kind, and a light sweater.

Plus underwear and light rain gear and shoes. I'd bring two pairs. I have my own favorites, and I think everyone is particular about what they put on their feet, so I won't comment on what you should put on yours.

I agree about not wearing white on the way over. Turbulence has soaked me in red wine and coffee more than once.

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Jun 25th, 2008, 03:02 PM
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Just returned from 10 days in Paris and other areas of France. I was not especially trying to pack light- but what I did worked really well for me. I packed one outfit for each day of the trip (I put them together at home). I had children with me, so really no need for dressy- but if I didn't I would have added one or two evening outfits.

With having the outfits put together- I didn't have to spend any time planning my wardrobe on the trip- and I didn't end up with tops and bottoms that didn't work together on the last day.

Shoes are a must. I haven't bought Memphisto- I know they are a lot- but if they are comfortable they are worth it. I brought two pairs of shoes to switch back and forth (coach ballet sneakers and black patent flip flops), I added a pair of comfortable heels. I also packed band aids- which were a lifesaver in heading off a blister.

Have a great time- and don't forget you are in the right place if you need to pick up an extra outfit or two!!!
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Jun 25th, 2008, 03:14 PM
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You need to figure out the shoes for your own feet. Mephistos do NOT work for me, while a similar looking Naot I can walk all day in. Each shoe you're thinking of taking, wear them for 8 hours straight some time when you're doing a lot of walking to test them out.
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Jun 25th, 2008, 04:12 PM
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Just back from Italy and France, including 10 days in Paris. St Cirq has the perfect list, naturally!! We take a travel washing line and rinse out tops and knickers every day or two. In our Paris apartment we had a heated towel rail and I dried lots of things on that. Take one pair of long pants in case of cool weather.

I took two pairs of capris, 1 pair of long black pants, 1 3/4 length black top, 1 denim jacket, three prettier summer tops, two fitted t-shirts with a bit of button detail for interest, 1 pair of sandals, 1 pair of walking shoes, 1 pair of black heeled shoes for evenings, pjs and that was it for 5 weeks. I wore it all and didn't feel the need for anything else. One dress/skirt would be good. I also threw in my yoga pants and a loose tshirt and as soon as I got back to our hotel/apartment, I showered and changed into those. They took up next to no room in my bag and were loose and comfy at the end of exhausting days. I didn't see anyone wearing shorts, especially not in Paris. We had a couple of cool evenings and the warmer top and denim jacket were useful then. Hope you have a lovely holiday!
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Jun 26th, 2008, 07:05 AM
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Drop the shorts! The Capris and gauchos will cover the warm days, the shorts will have you sticking out like a sore thumb American tourist (not theres anything wrong with that!) Young Parisians may be wearing very short shorts, but bermudas--NOT. Throw in another pair of capris instead, and cut the tops to 3 tanks, 3 shortsleeve, 3 longsleeve + wrap for chilly days and airplane + some type of water proof lightweight jacket-- sometimes the interiors are freezing & you're likely to hit drizzly days; and then keep the Mephistos, keep one dressy pair sandals and go with one more very cushioned by firm-soled walking pair, --when going to dinner around the city dressed up you may well be taking the metro to arondissments far and near, and walking alot in the stations. (I've been to Paris 5 times but never in June/July)
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Jun 26th, 2008, 07:35 AM
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As I mentioned in my earlier post, forget the shorts. You are going to a city where they aren't worn. Save them for AZ.
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Jun 26th, 2008, 09:21 AM
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I actually think you should take the khaki shorts (forget the pinstripe ones, really). I usually take one pair when I travel to Europe in Summer, although I probably wouldn't wear them in a big city like that. But I'm not big on Bermuda shorts, actually, at all, and rarely if ever wear them at home--not around town, anyway.

However, one pair isn't that much and you can really wear shorts in Paris in the summer, LOTS of tourists do. It doesn't make the slightest bit of difference during the day when you are doing typical tourist sightseeing, believe me, no one really cares at all, and you'll be like all the other tourists at these sites. I've been to Paris in June-July at least 6 times, probably more, and since you really like them, take them.

One reason I'm saying that is your packing list is actually skimpy to me on the bottoms. If I were you, I might take some capris instead of the shorts, though (something other than black, please). I really would drop the black knit gauchos, though. YOu could easily replace those with something more versatile and attractive, like some linen capris, some color other than black maybe. I just don't like gauchos, I'll admit, I think they look bad on about everyone, they don't work very well with any shoes, etc. But knit fabric doesn't work that well in summer if it's hot and those may look like loungewear/pajamas. I didn't even know those were still in style, but I might be wrong on that.

I really would omit the spandex dress, also. Spandex is hotter than hell and I don't know where a Spandex dress would be appropriate.

I've been to Paris a lot in summer, and your list isn't close to what I take. I wouldn't take a rain poncho and wouldn't wear one in the city, but it can be cooler in Paris in the summer than you seem to expect, especailly at night. I know, you can't predict, but I always take a couple cardigans at least, one more substantial than what you have, and often a lightweight hip-lenth rain jacket type thing (not casual, it doesn't have a hood) in a black or beige shade, so I can wear it even with somewhat "dressier" clothes at night. That's when it might be coolor or rain a lot, you never know. You wouldn't want to go out with a poncho on with a dress, I don't think. One of the cardigans I take is a simple, classic style (think what goes with a "twin set") so I actually can wear that as a top if it is really cool, I might wear a lycra/cotton camisole under it or a sleeveless silk top or something.

I would never travel to Europe in summer without a skirt, either, I take a couple of those, actually, as I wear a cotton skirt when it is really hot, and they are pretty versatile (can dress up with nice top and jewelry for night).

As for shoes, hard to say, you just have to go with what feels best for you.
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Jun 26th, 2008, 09:54 AM
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For me, a skirt or slacks are cooler when it's really hot than the sunshine burning onto your skin while out and about.

For sure, you'll see anything and everything on tourists where all the tourists are...but if you want to drop into an elegant place for lunch or cocktail lounge for a drink, wearing shorts they may not "have a table for you".

And, I stick to black bottoms (or a black/white print skirt) because tan/beige just gets filthy while out and about. Your hands get dirty and that transfers onto your slacks/skirt, especially when placing your hands in/out of your pockets. Not to mention you'll be sitting here and there and outdoors.

I always take a lightweight raincoat with a hood, which precludes the need to haul an umbrella about all the time. And, the pockets are very handy.

Just me, but I prefer dark bottoms and light colored tops (with sweater(s) in beautiful colors) in the warm weather. And, for summer, most of my tops would be sleeveless for layering under a sweater if necessary. Tops without sleeves provide more "ventilation". Even places that are air conditioned are not really cool. Spandex will likely stick to you.
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Jun 26th, 2008, 12:00 PM
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For goodness sakes, it's not like there is some fashion ban on shorts in Paris. I wore shorts in Paris because it was HOT when I was there. I was not the only one. I don't care what Fodor's posters are claiming.

As long as they are nice looking and around knee length I think they are fine. I would probably stick with a solid color, not the pinstripe though. I never wear skirts or dresses so that is not an option for me.

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Jun 26th, 2008, 02:01 PM
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1.the OP has gone already!

2. If more women looked in the mirror and saw how shorts make their legs look ( not to mention their behind)they might consider wearing a skirt or a dress - both much cooler !

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Jun 26th, 2008, 02:51 PM
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I'm guessing the OP will stick with her original packing list.
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Jun 27th, 2008, 10:40 AM
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Some years ago, a friend who "lives in shorts" in California e-mailed me with her packing list and all the shopping she was doing to pack for her trip to Paris. Lots of shorts and capris, etc. I advised that she might want to throw in a black skirt and beautiful white top.

She e-mailed me on her return to tell me she was SO thankful for that black skirt and white top, as she determined immediately that the rest was "awful" and she wore that skirt and top until she shopped for some other items.
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Jun 27th, 2008, 06:07 PM
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I guess we'll have to wait to hear if the short got worn when she comes back.
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Jun 29th, 2008, 04:15 PM
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Bonsoir from Paris! Yes, the OP did leave -- for Paris, per the OPost.

Thanks for the continued suggestions. I used some and scrapped others.

From the original list, I cut quite a bit:
black capris and gauchos
both pair of bermuda shorts
(thought the weather was going to be cooler but has actually been rather warm -- darn!)
cream & white tanks
white tshirt
red tshirt
short-sleeved tailored/embroidered top
short-sleeved crisp white shirt, ties at waist
black/white/gray print short-sleeved sundress
black/white polyester/spandex (lycra, actually) dress rather dressy
black strappy sandals
black Mephisto Babata sandals
turns out these really rubbed my instep after wearing them in the house for an afternoon, bummer!

left with:
black loose crinkle cotton cropped pants
white long, tent-like tank
white thin cotton cardigan
white ribbed tshirt
black rouched tshirt
maroon/khaki print tshirt
maroon princess-seamed top
black/white/maroon/gray belted thin sweater/top
black shoulder wrap/shawl
rain poncho
black tshirt & shorts for lounging
chemise for sleeping
English tan Born sandals
black Born bowling shoes
w/ arch support insert

dark blue jeans
black tank
khaki 3/4 sleeve cotton cardigan
(wore all the above on the plane)
flax linen cropped pants
blue knit skirt
black knit skirt
black ballet flats

I've already washed a couple of tops in the sink: so easy!

So far all is great. And I'm loving my first trip to Paris. Will update further when I can.
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Jun 30th, 2008, 04:38 AM
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Sounds great. I'm looking forward to hearing whether you like the arch supports. I find that they help my back as well as my feet.
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