To say that I pre-planned what I wore to Paris is an understatement. The weather was getting warmer (it averaged high 60’s during the day and low 50’s at night), but being from Florida that’s still more like my Winter. So, I made sure to pack a few jackets and long sleeve pieces, like this silk floral dress by Rebecca Taylor. This blooming print was perfect for walking around the city all day, where the cherry blossoms were on full display.
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Dress: Rebecca Taylor (also here)
Jacket: Zara (similar here and here)
Bag: Chloe (other colors here, identical less expensive version here and here)
Boots: ASKA (similar here and also love these)
Sunnies: Karen Walker
My Favorite Silk Floral Dress for Spring
If you take a look back at this post or this look, it’s clear that I’m a fan of lightweight, feminine dresses. Even when the weather is cooler, I’d rather wear multiple layers that I can take off when I get warm. So, packing this silk floral dress (also here) for Paris was a no brainer. Spring style (especially in Europe) is so much about transitional pieces and this dress was no exception. Also, I highly recommend bringing a pair of black tights. They’re a Parisian staple, and mine came in handy. To stay warm in the mornings, I brought a classic camel coat with me. But, I also packed this cropped blush suede jacket from Zara (similar here). I wore it multiple days, including our first day in town when we did a walking tour with our fabulous guide, Elisabeth van Hest. If you need a guide (to get acclimated to the city, for Versailles – you name it), th
Sightseeing in Paris – Things to Do
A day in Paris flies by, but you can pack a lot into just one day. The day I wore this outfit, my mom and I saw a handful of sights that were on our “must-see” list, including:
- Arc de Triomphe – Arguably one of the best views in Paris, it’s well worth walking up to the top to see the sprawling view of the city and a straight look down the most popular street for luxury shopping, the Champs-Elysees. We went midday, but I suggest doing later in the evening around sunset when everyone else will be heading to dinner and you’ll get even better pictures.
- Musee de l’Orangerie – This museum is far less crowded than Musee du Louvre and houses some of Monet’s best pieces, including Water Lilies. The first Sunday of the month if free, which is when we happpened to go. The line wasn’t awful, but I’d buy tickets in advance next time.
- Tuileries Gardens – Honestly, the gardens in Paris are unlike any other. Situated between Place de Concorde and the Louvre, the Tuileries Gardens are simply magical. Some of my pictures above are in the gardens. There is also a beautiful carousel that is great if you have children.
- Berthillon – As a self-proclaimed ice cream expert, this cult-favorite creamery was a spot I didn’t want to miss. Their original location is on Ile Saint-Louis, and word to the wise – there is ALWAYS a line. We waited about 30 minutes and then savored the delicious cones we took with us. I then realized that there are many (seriously, half a dozen maybe?), much smaller stores they have within just a few blocks. PRO TIP: pick up one of their apple tarts too. We got one that we had for breakfast the next morning and I kid you not – no other apple tart will ever compare.
What are your favorite things to do in Paris? Share your tips below!
*Photos by: Gabi Alves Photography