What to Wear in Paris

Jan 3rd, 2007, 12:08 PM
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Obviously, some people, who regard themselves as fashion experts, suffer embarrassment in the third degree when others wear what they regard as inappropriate attire. Also obviously, bennyb and I are in agreement that this is foolsh. Besides, the would be fashion dictators would be a lot better off if they practiced minding their own business. I cannot believe how many people seem to obsess on this stuff.
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Jan 3rd, 2007, 12:21 PM
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I absolutely love these fashion thread concerning Paris and other European cities.

I always try to imagine the people who worry about the fashion police breaking into their hotel room before they have managed to choose the appropriate attire.
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Jan 3rd, 2007, 12:28 PM
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it would be interesting to know the sex and age of people posting their thoughts on what to wear in Paris.
I bet there is a difference according to both!
Jan 3rd, 2007, 12:35 PM
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njubic, I respectfully disagree. My niece and I both share the same attitude regarding travel attire. I think there is a correlation between self-image and obsession about one's appearance -- a correlation between self-confidence and need to "fit in." Interpret that as you choose!
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Jan 3rd, 2007, 12:47 PM
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could be, although it sounds a bit Oprahesk to me ( or Dr. Phill if you really want to be "deep")
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Oh, GODNO: I can't stand either one of them! Delete my post if that's so!!!
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Jan 3rd, 2007, 01:05 PM
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just kidding !
My husband will wear shorts and running shoes if the temp. is over 70 degrees in Paris, Rome or Vienna.

I, on the other hand, will do nothing of the sort.
That is why we spend most of our time in Europe walking several feet apart.
Jan 3rd, 2007, 01:15 PM
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good one, nbujic. If you're as funny irl as online, I'm sure your husband doesn't take offense.
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Jan 3rd, 2007, 01:35 PM
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Someone else once said that if you dress badly at home, you will dress badly abroad.
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Jan 3rd, 2007, 01:39 PM
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It seems that FauxSteMarie is obsessed with obsession, and has created a straw man named "fashion police" who is so easy to kick around.

ValCanada asked a question and some of us attempted to answer, in our own inimitable true Fordor's Forum fashion, with inimical replies to be expected and well recieved as usual.

FWIW, my 2,501st unisex reply on the shoe question is:
1. comfortable
2. broken in
3. presentable
4. light weight
5. rubber soles
6. two pairs.
You can probably find a perfect pair at Penny's.

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Jan 3rd, 2007, 01:42 PM
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Paris is like any city as far as . Certain parts of town, the locals dress more casually than other sections.
I guarantee you will see the ridiculous to the subline.
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Jan 3rd, 2007, 02:13 PM
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I think if someone doesn't want fashion advice or suggestions or opinions from "fashion police" or "fashion editors" or whatever name one choose, then one should not post a question on an internet board asking for advice perhaps. Wouldn't that make sense. If someone posts a question, I think they want advice/opinions.

I live in Wash DC also and of course push-cart vendors don't care what you wear, but believe me, a lot of tourists look like slobs in this town, as elsewhere. At least they don't usually go anywhere I am.

I think it's mainly common sense and usual taste, one does not have to dress up just to walk around Paris, of course. I think ValCanada may have gotten some wrong advice on that regard, so it's good for others to comment. Of course you don't have to wear heels to walk around as a tourist or on the street casually. I think most people want to look decent when they go out at night, but if they don't, that's their choice and if they are just dining from street vendors or places, who cares.

I've gotten some good ideas about shoes on this board, actually, as anyone with any common sense knows you have to try them on to see how they fit you, but others' experiences with different brands of good walking shoes have been helpful to me to narrow things down and seek out some brands I might have missed. I even gave advice to my sister about that and she is now a Dansko fan which saved her feet when she was in agony from standing all day at a new retail job. She doesn't read this board or travel much, but that tip was very useful to her as I read some threads from people who said they were particularly good for her foot problem or nurses or occupations who stand a lot.
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Jan 3rd, 2007, 02:27 PM
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PLEASE do not wear jeans or sneakers as it is very informal and sloppy. You can be just as comfortable in slacks and a pair of clarks shoes. Clarks shoes are just as comfortable as sneakers. No need to be overly dressy, just not to be a slob.
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Jan 3rd, 2007, 02:46 PM
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Kelly-O, were those instructions directed at OP?
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Because of threads like this, when I was in Paris in early November last year, I paid particular attention to what the Parisians were wearing, especially foot wear. There was no one "fabulous" that I saw, and I was all over town. The people dressed the nicest were, of course, the ones coming to and from work. Jeans were every where on male and female. I saw a couple of teenagers out shopping with their moms, and the girls were just like the kids here...sloppy..long frayed jeans dragging on the ground, and oh horror of horrors...yes, white trainers, or what ever you want to call them...DIRTY white trainers at that. Both had t shirts, way too big and one was wearing a parka and the other a hooded sweat shirt. Their moms were both in sweaters, parkas, one was wearing jeans, the other some kind of knit pants. Both the moms were wearing laced up low heeled shoes. I saw a lot of that every day. I saw some Americans waiting in line at St. Chappel and they all were dressed neatly, all were clean, and no one was yelling or talking loudly. I didn't see anybody that was "all that", so, sorry, but that's the way it was.
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Jan 3rd, 2007, 03:44 PM
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With me it is always the weather that causes me concern with what to wear. I figure what I wear at home is fine to wear in Europe but I never take the appropriate clothes and either have to strip or buy sweaters. I must cause freak weather whereever I travel!
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Jan 3rd, 2007, 04:08 PM
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I have been several times and usually wear comfortable shoes. We do a lot of dinners so I do take one pair of heels to wear at night. As far as touring goes, honey, wear your most comfortable shoes. If you want to look "American tourist" wear white athletic shoes if you don't wear a color. You will enjoy it much more if your feet don't hurt. I take one pair of sandals that are comfortable and one pair of tie shoes that are comfortable depending on where I go. But it can get hot there. IT can also be cold and I never seem to know which so take a jacket.
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Jan 3rd, 2007, 04:18 PM
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Clarks shoes? Yikes.
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Jan 3rd, 2007, 04:41 PM
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Here we go with the shoe recommendations.
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Jan 3rd, 2007, 05:16 PM
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You should definitely be comfortable because Paris is a great walking city, but you will probably feel like a character in a bad sit-com if you dress sloppily. Nice slacks or jeans with a cute blazer and t-shirts are fine. I agree with the advice regarding nice walking shoes and sandals. Great tip -- Chico's has a line of Travelers clothing that, while not cheap, makes for fantastic mix and match traaveling garments. The added bonus is that you can wash them out in your hotel sink, hang to dry and -- voila! I would definitely check out Chico's.
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