Paris maybe on CNN’s list of worst cities to visit but there’s no denying we all want to visit the City Of Lights – at least once in our lifetime. Like most European places, it is expensive and you might seriously consider skimping on your holiday outfits. Unfortunately, Paris calls for being presentable at all times. I learned during our visit to Italy that Europeans and all of its restaurants treat you well if you look decent i.e. no flip-flops, sneakers, or tattered jeans – even though the city is made for walking.
Even my husband who absolutely does not care about fashion called to check if I packed his leather jacket and his dinner suit. I smiled at the thought we have learned to respect other cultures simply by dressing up.
We landed in France at the onset of autumn season. Clad in leather jacket, suede boots and grey chiffon blouse, the hotel was full yet Marriott Hotel staff let us check-in earlier than we expected. Six hours before the designated check-in time and free of charge, they gave us the key to our villa for the week’s stay. We didn’t mean to arrive that early but you gotta love Etihad Airwayds for no flight delays.
Second day in France, we headed to Louvre Museum, had lunch at Marriott Champs Elysee, and took a double decker bus tour. My outfit: dark denim jacket by HongKong label U2; blue haltered dress by Urban Behavior, grey tights by H&M, and suede boots by Anne Klein. I opted to layer so in case it gets warm, I can simply remove my jacket. They are old clothes from my closet except for the long silver necklace I bought from New Look. Invest in blue color because it is always stylish during cooler months.
Has your travels influenced the way you dress up? Do you ‘dress as the Romans do’? Or do you insist on your individuality while at a new place? Let us know below.