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Mar 19th, 2007, 04:28 PM
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Paris, KY? Wear jeans and a halter top. Flipflops optional.
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Mar 19th, 2007, 06:10 PM
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I pack very much like "escargot", but only one black skirt, a few twin sets, sandals for the warmer weather, cotton knit tops with flattering necklines and various sleeves in white only. I used to take flats and heels, but now take only low heeled pumps (the style the airline attendants wear) because after walking all day in flats, walking shoes, sandals, it's nearly impossible to walk very far in heels at night and if your shoes are black no one will care about the style.

I always pack a 3/4 or below the knee raincoat with hood, and if it may be chillier, a polartec jacket to layer under the raincoat. For colder weather, I bring a wool blazer to layer under the raincoat.

When packing, "black and..." is just so practical.
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Mar 19th, 2007, 09:35 PM
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I was not guessing about anything. My comment was based on a personal experience and, in fact, I forgot to add a very loud and pushy German tourist in Paris and another one at Rialto market in Venice. Now, I did not mean to offend anyone or hurt anyone's feelings. Moreover, I did not categorically state that all German tourists are poorly dressed, are pushy and loud, like so many Americans tend to refer to their country-people by repeating the non-sensical stereotype of "ugly Americans." I merely meant to say that Americans do not hold a monopoly on poor choice of wardrobe or behavior, that is it. There are plenty of slobs of every origin in our world. If you choose to be offended by my comments, by all means, the choice is yours.

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Mar 19th, 2007, 09:38 PM
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Mephisto is a good choice and so is Geox. I noticed several Geox stores opening in malls in the greater LA and some departmnet stores also carry this brand. Very stylish, IMO.

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Mar 20th, 2007, 12:27 AM
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Look in the mirror, Redancer.

Do you know what looks "good" on you?

Good..wear that.
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Mar 20th, 2007, 03:22 AM
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I am a guy. Since 1994, I have only worn Mephisto shoes. I buy them on my trips to Paris. They are my souvenir. Mephisto shoes are wonderful, but most of them are wonderful the way hiking boots are wonderful: they give you a lot of support, but they usually require breaking in. I do not wear my new Mephistos on the same trip where I buy them. My wife does have a pair of Mephisto flats that look good and are comfortable, especially for wearing at night or to a restaurant that requires some walking, but during the day, she wears Mephisto walking shoes, well-broken in.
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Mar 20th, 2007, 04:56 AM
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If you were truly hip, you wouldn't need to ask.
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Mar 20th, 2007, 05:00 AM
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I like Dukey's answer.

One question - Who EXACTLY are you trying to impress? Strangers could care less. Dress for yourself - and make comfort #1.
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Mar 20th, 2007, 06:23 AM
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I absolutely understand why people who have never visited a certain country or area ask about what to wear - certainly they want to be comfortable, but most people who ask this question like to feel that they will not be singled out for a variety of reasons-

When friends are planning to visit me from another area of the US or Europe, they always ask me a variety of questions - what should we pack - are the restaurants casual, will I need dressier clothes, will my husband feel uncomfortable if he just throws in his favorite of jeans, khakis and collarless shirts - does he need a collar shirt -
will my wife feel out of place if she doesn't have dressy outfit and heels, do the women dress up more -

some people don't care if they show up in flats, jeans, bright tops and everyone else is wearing heels, smart casual suits, etc - but others would - some have a bit of everything in their closet and just want some guidance b/c they choose to want to dress more 'like' where they are visiting.

so on one hand people get teased for asking about what to wear and are told whatever they are comfortable in, as long as it isn't x, y and z - and on the other hand people get teased for asking at all - or told not to even think about asking.

Some people worry about how they look, fitting in, blending in - others don't - posters who do ask what to wear, well to me that says they would feel more comfortable knowing what is more of the 'majority rule' where they are going, which is usually a place they've never been -

b/c , whether anyone else agrees or not, they want and need to know to make their trip comfortable.
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Mar 20th, 2007, 09:47 AM
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I think these would be perfect... especially if you are going to EuroDisney:
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Mar 20th, 2007, 09:52 AM
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DISNEY Crocs!!!
Who knew?
(well, TTP did)
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Mar 20th, 2007, 10:21 AM
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Yep, the holes are in the shape of little Mickey Mouse heads.
Très chic!
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Mar 28th, 2011, 08:15 PM
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I think your concern is a valid one. I am currently living in Canada, but I lived in Europe for a long time in a few different countries so I can tell you what I have learned from my experience. If you look like a tourist you will be treated as such, and I always avoid this because as a tourist you are an automatic target for theft, and they will often bump up prices as soon as they discover you are not a local, i.e. you will be royally ripped off. Unfortunately American tourists in particular have aquired a bad reputation in Europe, so if you can blend in enough to atleast not look like an American it is proabbly to your best advantage as you will receive better treatment as well as prices. I seem to be good at blending in because although I haven't lived in Europe for a good 9 years no one ever thinks I am from North America and wherever I go I am addressed in the native tongue first, be that in France, Italy, Germany, Sweden, England...the list goes on.
It is possible to blend in, trust me. You just need to know your stuff.
#1. You are right about black, parisiens wear ALOT of it, keep it plain and simple though. Stay away from any kind of printed tee, although patterend shirts and blouses are fine.
#2. Of course you should be comfortable, but there are ways to be stylish without walking around in 6 inch heels all day. You will never see a parisien in American-style sneakers. If you need comfortable shoes, try ballerina flats or boots. Long leather boots are classic in black or brown. I tell you my feet are never sore and I always wear this type of footwear. If your going in the Summer sandals are also an option, but I would steer clear of flip-flops. Leather sandals or gladiator sandals are in style at the moment.
#3. DO NOT FOR THE LOVE OF GOD WEAR SWEAT PANTS OR YOGA PANTS OR ANY OTHER KIND OF WORKOUT GEAR ON THE STREETS OF PARIS. Jeans and shorts (especially high-waisted ones) are acceptable, but you will never catch a parisien in a light wash flare jean. Skinny jeans are a better way to go, but in black or a dark wash. Parachute pants are also in style right now.
#4. Red nails and lips are always classic both for day and evening wear. Just saying.
#5.If your cold and need layers, cardigans are a safe bet. Scarves are always in...right now circle scarves! I probably have about four of them but your classic pashmina is great too. Don't put on a sweatshirt if you need extra warmth, there are many kinds of jackets that are far more appropriate. You could do a jean or leather jacket but I prefer black wool or something similar, if you need examples I could post a few but I'd have to go and find them.
#6. The French don't usually wear bright colours, except red of course. Safe colours that all generally go well together are black, white, beige, navy blue, grey, olive green, mustard yellow and brown.
So that's the basic rundown of European style! I hope you have a good trip. If you have any more questions feel free to ask!
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Mar 28th, 2011, 09:26 PM
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"So that's the basic rundown of European style! I hope you have a good trip. If you have any more questions feel free to ask!"

First: The OP's trip was four years ago

Second: Much of your post is ridiculous
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Mar 28th, 2011, 10:00 PM
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Oh sorry, didn't see the year. I just stumbled across this. Well it was true then and it's true now. However this sort of advice could help out more people than just the OP. If you think it's ridiculous, by all means ignore it.
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Mar 29th, 2011, 03:07 AM
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Just curious, but how do you "stumble" across a FOUR year old post?
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Mar 29th, 2011, 09:25 AM
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Google, I presume.
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Mar 29th, 2011, 01:33 PM
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I too wish people would look at the dates of the initial thread and that of the last reply. This seems to be happening on many of the forums.
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Mar 29th, 2011, 01:40 PM
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It is something Fodor's could control if they wanted to. On Trip Advisor after a thread is over 6 months old it is closed to new comments.
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