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In the words of my favorite movie star Audrey Hepburn, “Paris is always a good idea.” This statement seriously couldn’t be more true. Paris was the second leg of our week-long vacation to Europe. I had previously been to Paris for a brief 24 hours when I did a short study abroad course in college. This gave me just enough of a taste of the city that I was left craving more. Believe me, if you’ve ever thought about visiting Paris, it is 100% worth it. The culture, architecture, shopping, and food are just unreal. I could go on and on about all of the amazing things about this city.
Most of my Europe posts so far have been completely about the cities and what we did. For this post, I wanted to mix it up and share my favorite looks from our Paris trip. I mentioned in my European travel packing post that the weather was much chillier than I expected, so this created some challenges. I wanted to dress for spring, but still be warm. We also got some rain when we were in Paris, so I had to be more practical with my choices. Luckily I took my photos in manual/raw, or else they might have been unusable with how dark the pictures turned out due to the extreme cloudiness.
One of my favorite things about traveling is planning my outfits. When traveling, I love to try to challenge myself to dress to fit into the culture. When I first saw this top, I knew it would be the perfect piece for our trip. People in France mostly wear neutrals, so stripes are perfect. I know this top will definitely be restyled a lot. It is a perfect basic! Parisian women are some of the most well-dressed and chic that I’ve ever seen, so I decided to accent my outfit with some of their signature outfit pieces- a beret and neck scarf. I only brought one tan beret on the trip, but decided my outfit needed more due to the cold weather. When we were out, I bought this pink one from a street vendor to include in the second half of my photos (and because it was very chilly with the wind). I noticed that French women would add some color to an outfit with an accessory, like a scarf. On a side note my husband HATES berets. He doesn’t like hats in general, but he definitely didn’t like this one.
When styling this outfit, I also had comfort in mind. When you’re in Europe, you walk a ton. Comfortable shoes are an absolute must. These were great, but I also brought tennis shoes in a bag just in case. Since it was cold, I will note that I had nude tights on and more layers.
About the location:
These photos were shot outside of the famous Louvre museum and Le Palais Royal. I had been to the Louvre during my last Paris visit. I got to see the Mona Lisa, which I think was extremely disappointing due to the crowd/small size of the painting. We skipped out on museums this time due to our short time in Paris. I want to go back longer and spend at least a day at the Louvre; you need a full day to enjoy it and experience it properly. Le Palais Royal (the museum in these photos with the striped stumps) is just opposite of the Louvre. It did take us time to find it, but it’s worth it for a great photo op. Next time I want to go inside. I’ve heard it’s amazing. I love the quaintness of Le Palais Royal. All of my photos at the Louvre were photobombed. Le Palais Royal did get busy at times, but I did have a few moments without getting photobombed, which is hard when traveling.
Have you ever been to Paris? If so, what was your favorite spot? I will share more on what we did in Paris as well as a full guide to London soon.
I love this outfit!! As you know I love a good beret and French outfit!
Aw thank you! I am sooo glad you like it. yes, berets and French outfits are soo adorable.
I love this outfit and am totally going to copy it next week! I’m having a hard time not packing tons of bright floral prints because I want to dress for spring, too. Hopefully it is a bit warmer by now! P.S. I’m glad I’m going with my mom because she loves me in hats unlike my husband haha.
Aw thanks Amanda. Yesss please do. I will be living vicariously through your posts. Ahh I know the feeling. I bet you could get away with darker florals or a floral top especially with a jacket. I hope you have warmer weather too. Haha I love that. Men just don’t understand.
Gorgeous! I hope you had an amazing time!
Oh my goodness, thank you! It was such a lovely time. 🙂
What a perfect location!! I love your whole outfit here, especially the top! Too cute.
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Thank you so much, Katherine. It really was such a dreamy location. This top will definitely be worn on repeat.
I think your beret looks wonderful on you!
Thank you so much, Anna.
Paris is another City I so want to see Courtney. It just gives a romantic vibe every time you watch a movie shot there. A 24 hour taste surely meant you were going back for more! Dressing to fit the culture is a great point. The striped top definitely screams Paris. The beret is so chic with the neck scarf. I am sure it was nice people watching to get ideas how the local parisian Women dress. So no berets for Jake either. I am learning a lot on this trip, Girly cafes, tea, and now Berets!! The shoes were a great choice for lots of walking. The two skirts complete your look they are very pretty. with the top. Great post Dear, Terri xo.
Hi Terri! It is such a lovely city. It really does give you those vibes. I like a challenge of styling outfits that fit into the culture. Yes, so many stylish ladies in Paris. So fun to watch them. hahah, Jake doesn’t like hats really. Thank you so much for reading. Xoxo- Courtney
That is too funny – my husband is not a fan of berets either. I wore them a lot this winter and he always tried to persuade me to wear a beanie instead, haha. I think your beret is super cute! It’s perfect for Paris! This whole outfit is adorable and perfect for Paris.
How funny, it must be a guy thing! Aw thanks, girl. 🙂 We had such a blast.