my paris style diary

In packing for a five day trip to Paris in the summertime, I had a few objectives:

1. Not having to lug around a huge suitcase. 2. Being chic AND comfortable during long days spent walking around outdoors. 3. Not having to mess with pulling together ensembles with multiple different pieces.

Comfort, chic and ease? The natural choice was dresses! Before my trip, I spent time combing through my favorite stores to find pieces that were timeless, comfortable, and hassle-free. In the end, I selected 6 dresses to take me through the week, which (along with one skirt + blouse combination to mix things up and a cozy airport outfit) ended up being the magic number – I had enough options to choose from every day without feeling overwhelmed by excessive clothing and heavy luggage.

Below, you’ll find my Paris style diary… a roundup of the pieces I wore throughout the entire trip as I trotted around Paris with my friend Katie (who has lived in Paris all year as an Au Pair.) I hope it inspires and assists you in your next adventure!

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BELL SLEEVED SWEATER

IMG_3390For long plane rides, I always make it a point to bundle up! I found this incredible, roomy sweater the day before I took off, and it turned out to be perfect for the ten hour trip to Paris! I can’t get over how soft and comfy it is. It’s the perfect “summer sweater” – one you can wear in chilly environments (like crazy cold office buildings) that still looks fresh and bright. I’ve been wearing it in my apartment non-stop since returning, and can already predict it’s gonna be a favorite piece all through fall and winter! For size reference, I’m wearing an XS. The fit is roomy!

 

 

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LEATHER SKIRT

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On a whim, I decided to throw in a tried-and-true faux leather skirt I’ve owned since last fall while packing. I’m so glad I did, as Katie and I decided to head to the posh Miss Ko restaurant one evening and the leather skirt was just the edge the outing called for. Before heading to dinner, we climbed out of Katie’s apartment window to take in the view from the city. All of the sudden, the tower began sparkling! Seeing it against the pale blue remains of the sunset, as opposed to a black night sky, was nothing short of breathtaking. You know those moments you remember forever? This was one of them.

 

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PINK SWING DRESS

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This bubblegum pink swing dress emsemble was one of my favorite ensembles of the trip! I added in European touches like the scarf and pairing sneakers with a dress, but stayed true to my love for bright, happy colors. This dress is a great buy, and one I’ll be wearing the rest of the summer! The designer, Charles Henry, has the easy, bright, lighthearted look down. Check out his affordable line here! Fit tip… the dresses run long on me at 5’2″ so I usually get them hemmed!

As for the sneakers, they are dang cute but I was only able to wear them over the course of a couple days before the blisters made them too painful. (Amateur mistake on my part.) I’d recommend breaking yours in first before taking them abroad!

 

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STRIPED DRESS

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This was one dress I wore on three separate occasions… definitely a staple! Although fitted, this dress proved to be flattering in the right places and soft as a blanket. I wore it for a day of exploring with black platform sandals and a black Chanel cross body, then threw it on with a red Chloé cross body and white sneakers (plus a French flag wrapped around the waist) to watch the Eurocup in!

I am excited to have this to transition into fall with. Think about how cute it would be with a light jacket and booties!

 

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DROP WAIST DRESS

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Ok friends. This is one dress I ended up being madly in love with. Why? It is timeless, incredibly comfortable, and far less expensive than it looks at $50! Plus, it has pockets. Game. Changer. I made use of my scarf yet again for a pop of color, and added tan Chanel flats and the cross body from earlier for neutral, light touches. Of all the outfits I brought, I felt this fit most seamlessly into the Paris landscape.

 

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CROSS NECK DRESS

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Recognize this dress from yesterday’s post? I’ve had this dress since early spring, and it’s one I’ve gotten so much use out of. You wouldn’t guess it from the neckline, but it proved to be perfectly comfortable throughout a full day of exploring!

On my first visit to Paris, I purchased the most amazing pair of Antik Batik pom pom + embellished sandals (there weren’t any on the market at that time) and I decided to bring them back to Paris for fun. Not only did they end up being the most comfortable shoe I wore the whole trip, but multiple Parisian women complimented me on them! Cue me trying to keep my cool while squealing on the inside.

 

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BLUE CHECKERED DRESS

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This was one dress I didn’t get too many pictures of. I pulled it out right after landing my first morning in Paris, and as evidenced by the face I’m making above, I was incredibly jet lagged. I can’t tell you how perfect it was for a breezy, sunny afternoon of exploring the city on my own, though. It has pockets and a billowy hemline, giving off that flawless, effortless vibe I’m in love with. I wrote about wearing this around Paris here, where you’ll find more images of the dress as well!.

 

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EMBROIDERED SWING DRESS 

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One of the most magical evenings I spent in Paris was in this embroidered swing dress, which is currently 40% off and available in all sizes! My friend Katie and I, along with her friend Paul, took a bottle of wine to the bank of the Seine river to watch the sunset. Interestingly enough, the sun doesn’t go down until 10:30 pm in Paris around this time of year. The soft golden light landing on the beautiful Pont Alexandre III truly felt like a scene from a movie.

There you have it, y’all! I can’t recommend easy swing dresses enough while traveling abroad in warm climates. Do you have any European packing tips you’ve adopted? I’d love to hear!

Don’t forget to check back here first thing tomorrow morning! I’ll have a video recap of my Paris trip up, along with a complete guide to the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale that goes live to card holders tomorrow morning! If you aren’t one, it’s SO easy to apply and SO worth it. Head here for the details!

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Love from Texas,

Kate

P.S. Shopbop just announced a surprise sale! Take 25% off their designer boutique with the code DESIGNER25. You’ll find Michael Kors, Tory Burch, Sam Edelman, Rebecca Minkoff and more!

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16 Comments

  1. These outfits are ADORABLE! I need every one of them in my closet right now!!

    Kendal // Life With Kendal

    Published 7.13.16 · Reply
  2. I seriously can’t decide which outfit is my favorite!! They’re all so classic and timeless which is right up my alley! And that picture with the Eiffel Tower sparkling, will be one you treasure forever! How cool that you caught that on camera!

    -Morgan
    How 2 Wear It [] http://how2wearit.com

    Published 7.13.16 · Reply
  3. Olivia said:

    I LOVE the photo of you and the sparkling Eiffel Tower!! What a beautiful photo!! Looks like an amazing trip! xx

    Published 7.13.16 · Reply
  4. Jacques Durand said:

    Great street pics from your trip! I like most the roof tops ones. I was lucky to be your neighbor in the plane back to Dallas. (and is that your hidden twin sister ?? she looks like it!)
    -jacques

    Published 7.13.16 · Reply
  5. paula said:

    Love all of these looks. I hope you had a great time!! Looks like you did for sure.

    Paula- http://www.livingpaula.com

    Published 7.13.16 · Reply
  6. Katie said:

    Oh my goodness Kate, all of these outfits are so cute! Makes me want to catch the next flight to Paris!

    xoxo,
    Katie
    chicincarolina.blogspot.com

    Published 7.13.16 · Reply
  7. So many great looks! I especially love the first sweater and the pink/orange scarf! Looking forward to your Nordstrom picks! I can’t wait to shop the sale tomorrow!

    Jamie
    http://treatsandtrendsblog.com/

    Published 7.13.16 · Reply
  8. Tammy said:

    Your adorable :) Looks like a great time !

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  9. I think those are all great picks for a trip to Paris! I love those pom pom sandals so much :)

    xoxo, SS

    Southern And Style

    Published 7.13.16 · Reply
  10. Rhiannon Fortney said:

    I leave for Paris on Monday and I have had so much trouble trying to find dresses to wear. This helped me so much, this was the exact style I was looking for…so helpful
    THANK YOU!!!

    Published 7.14.16 · Reply
  11. Rachel said:

    All of these outfits are ADORABLE! Love the chunky Free People sweater, need!

    Rachel / http://www.seashellsandsparkles.com

    Published 7.14.16 · Reply
  12. Looks like you had a great time!! Longchamp is definitely the way to travel x
    http://flareaforte.blogspot.co.uk

    Published 7.15.16 · Reply
  13. jenellewitty said:

    Very cute! I love Paris!
    xx Jenelle

    http://www.inspiringwit.com/

    Published 7.19.16 · Reply
  14. Sadie said:

    We were in Paris at the same time! Should’ve scheduled a Texas girls meet up.
    I saw your #spotthetourist pic on Instagram at The Louvre and totally stole your idea, so thanks :)

    Published 7.22.16 · Reply