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Jan 9th, 2012, 05:24 PM
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Paris fashionistas

For those traveling to Paris in the next few months, a fashion update - as you may wonder what are people in Paris wearing? So here's an update from an 8 days trip, just returned on Saturday. Weather is cool, chilly at times and definately rainy. Was surprised to see so many puffy black jackets - like North Face and Patagonia style. Everyone was wearing them. High boots. Uggs just worn by teenagers, mostly Asian, tourists? Of course all women and men are wrapped in a scarf, no hats, umbrellas for mostly only older people. Great handbags and totes - Vera Bradley cannot cross the Atlantic, sorry. A lot of people do wear jeans but I think more men than women, but women definately all had knee high boots regardless of dress, whether it be jeans, pants or dress. No long coats. And everyone in Paris has an iphone, listens to music on the metro, the men still go to dinner at 10pm in their suit and tie from work, but the guy at the next table is in jeans and it all is good. People of course dress more formally than we do in the US for the most part.

Mens suits and jackets are shrinking, skin tight dress shirts with small arm holes. A little reminescent of Beatles suits (ok you have to be my age to know that). Perhaps a sign of the economy, fabric gets reduced.

For you Paris experts who will pick apart this report, don't bother. I would have appreciated this type of info as I prepared for my trip a few weeks ago, so for those packing perhaps it will be of some help. I would have taken some different things and left some others at home. But great trip regardless of dress, hey, its Paris, so it was wonderful and thats what shopping is for anyway!
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Jan 9th, 2012, 07:03 PM
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What a fun thread! Thank you for this peekaboo peak at Paris.
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Jan 9th, 2012, 08:34 PM
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PatD: this is very close to what we saw at Thanksgiving. Everyone had on a black coat, and every female had knee high boots.

Well, I'm sure there were exceptions, but the overall impression was black jackets and knee high boots.

I think I mentioned on another thread that I looked at DH's Metro pictures (he has a need to take hundreds of photos in the Metro) and I could barely find a speck of color on anyone.
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Jan 9th, 2012, 08:37 PM
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I love this thread! It really does give a short but accurate snapshot of what you saw. And I hope it will be of help, as I know it would have helped me in deciding what to take!
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Jan 9th, 2012, 10:29 PM
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Because you all want to dress like Parisians?
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Jan 9th, 2012, 10:55 PM
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Kerouac, do a lot of people still shop at Tati?
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Jan 10th, 2012, 01:01 AM
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I can't dress like a Parisienne or like a teenager (well, I could but it wouldn't be pretty) but I love to read about what people are wearing. Thanks for this, Pat, and Kerouac for your great photo shoots of "ordinary" city-dwellers in the past.

I'm not yet quite of the age when I only want to look neat and clean, sort of hope I'll never get there, so glad my mostly black, white and taupe wardrobe will work. The French fashion mags always feature a lot of black for winter with accents of red last year and I think purple this year.

I also hope scarves never go out of fashion to justify my investments over the years.

What about earrings?
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Jan 10th, 2012, 03:18 AM
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Patrick, Tati is still popular, but unfortunately it is not as chaotic as in the past, because they are no longer allowed to put bins of trashy clothes outside.
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Jan 10th, 2012, 04:00 AM
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This was the season for the puffy coats! Paris and Rome. Even the men had them on. It looked like a bunch of toasted marshmallows walking around.

>>I also hope scarves never go out of fashion to justify my investments over the years.<<

Scoot over. I'm in the same boat.
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Jan 10th, 2012, 04:06 AM
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Scarves can also hide an aging neck.
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Jan 10th, 2012, 05:28 AM
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How would you know that, Judy? ;-)
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Jan 10th, 2012, 06:33 AM
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Nicely done PatD.
I spent 12 days in Paris and saw almost exactly what you report, on the street and in the Metro. However it was only October when I was there, the temperature ranged from 8C to 15C and it was bright and sunny for 90% of the time... and Parisiens were still bundled and gloved and woolen-scarved.
I supposed 'cold' is relative to a Canadian; I was warm in a teeshirt and casual linen jacket. Or perhaps it was more stylish than functional, depending where exactly in the city I observed this. I did get that impression.
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Jan 10th, 2012, 06:33 AM
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Kereouac: I liked it because it was a well crafted word picture, almost as good as your photos of the people of Paris.

Also I like to "fit in" as much as possible when traveling, though I don't wear jeans for travel, as they are too bulky to pack, and would look ridiculous dressing like a teenager, and I, like Judy, am happy to hide my "extra" necks in scarves!
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Jan 10th, 2012, 08:26 AM
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anyone have pictures from this?
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Jan 10th, 2012, 08:33 AM
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kerouac, because I own one!
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Jan 11th, 2012, 09:58 AM
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lovely.... what will they be wearing in late May?
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Jan 11th, 2012, 11:31 AM
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The clothing will be a half tone lighter.
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Jan 11th, 2012, 12:59 PM
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Okay, Susana, this is 2 years old, but here is what "real" people were wearing in June 2010, a month quite similar to "late May."

http://tinyurl.com/62my3gx
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Jan 11th, 2012, 03:06 PM
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kerouac, thank you.. so much. As you can tell, I am new to the forums. I guess some subjects are always relevant!
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Jan 11th, 2012, 03:22 PM
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Pat, you are so right. When I went last July, the men's suits were tailored quite "snugly". Definitely a Beatles look, loved it!

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