When I started packing for Paris, I looked at the forecast every single day like a hawk. I wanted to be sure we were prepared for the weather [even if I saw that it was going to put a damper on our activities with a few days of rain and chilly nights, pun intended]. I packed all my warm clothes expecting it to feel like fall based on my previous visit a couple of years ago. We arrived at Charles de Gaulle with sunshine and heat greeting us that reminds me of hot Septembers in California. So what does a girl do in this predicament? Go shopping for the necessities of course!
I found these scalloped shorts at an H&M on Rue de Rivoli. It was a saving grace in preventing me from profusely sweating as we got our daily exercise walking all over Paris. They’re very comfortable with its thin but great quality polyester blend material. The best feature? The scallop hem and pockets obviously! It also comes in numerous colors—blue, black, natural white, and powder. I would also advise you size up, they were a little short for me [the upward curve of the scallops make it shorter].
The soft knit racerback top I also got from H&M. Racerbacks are my favorite kind of top second to OTSs for two reasons, it prevents an emphasis on my broad[er] shoulders but accentuates my back and arm, giving an elongating and slimming appearance. This top comes in beige melange and red, but hurry because these were selling like hot cakes! How could it not be, even I’ve been looking for this kind of top for months and was lucky enough to snag one in Paris! Also, it runs large, so down size [the XS was still big on me].
One of the best buys on my trip was this jute circle stitched handbag from ZARA. I love that it wasn’t thick in width so it hugs close to the body, there’s a similar one from J.Crew that looks exactly like my clutch [HERE] but circle shaped. This pretty handbag is also big enough to fit all my travel essentials and has the most attractive colorful flower stitching.
Style Tip: Everyone knows my signature style is to tuck any shirt I wear in the front, so of course I did the same with this. Since this was a casual ensemble, I wore pearl stud earrings to classify the look. I finished it with ankle lace-wrap espadrilles to make my legs look longer and taller than I really am. Don’t be afraid to mix patterns, the stripes of the espadrilles and the flowered handbag may have bold colors but as long as each piece has one similar color in it, you’re good to go!