Please dress me for 2 days in Paris & 2 days in Disneyland!

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I've totally lost my way with clothes. I can do smart and elegant quite well and like wearing dresses but casual totally eludes me.

Can anyone please suggest a couple of outfits smart enough for Paris, but also practical for sightseeing with 2 small children and for then going on the Disneyland in? I'm 5' 3", a flat-chested size 8 and blonde.

Make sure you have v comfortable shoes!

Other than that, black 7/8ths trousers and maybe some navy cigarette trousers? Couple of plain jersey dresses?

What's the weather likely to be doing?

QueenCadbury Sat 18-May-13 20:41:53

Second the comfortable shoes! Also a waterproof with hood. You won't want to be bumping into people with an umbrella.

If it's likely to rain the don't do jeans as they'll be so uncomfortable if wet. I'd go for trousers either chino type or as remus said 7/8th.

On top I'd go for layers to easily take off/put on.

And don't worry about at style at euro disney. Go comfort all the way. Enjoy!

DD1 has a brilliant mac that is parka shape and colour but pak-a-mac style fabric. It looks v stylish.

I've got these in black and am utterly in love with them.

We don't go until half-term so unsure of weather. Current long range forecast says warm and sunny while we're in Paris and warn and rainy at Disneyland but they're not very accurate, are they? I have spent about 2 weeks tying to find a smart trenchcoat with a hood with absolutely no luck. Will now have a look at lightweight hooded parkas. Remus where did your daughter get hers?

What shoes do you wear with 7/8 trousers?

I think it was Topshop, but I've just seen a gorgeous one on the Whistles site.

QueenCadbury Sat 18-May-13 22:02:17

I'm going to sound like an old fart here but would you not be better off buying a proper technical waterproof that will keep you properly dry when you're queuing for bloody hours to meet Cinderella


MrsShrek3 Sat 18-May-13 22:08:18

another old fart suggestion blush but I think some black or navy linen trousers are a total cover-all-eventualities (and don't show child-related dirtwink ) nice tops & heels and dress up for dinner, flat pumps and t-shirt and you're good to go for miles round Disney. with a waterproof and hoooge bag, obvgrin

Laquila Sat 18-May-13 22:14:58

OP I saw some nice duffle-style parkas with hoods today in Fat Face - lightweight (not padded), nice fabric, not "too Fat Face" and you'd probably get good use out of one in the UK.

Other than that, I'd suggest jersey wrap or empire-line tunics/dresses (examples here and here.

Wear themwith leggings, a cardy, cool jewellery and comfortable flats (I remember being in Paris once in very painful shoes and buying the MOST comfortable tan leather loafers in Zara - I felt v comfy and actually v Parisian when wearing them!)

Also - definitely layers - although I'd always err on the side of fewer rather than too many - in my experience it's easy to get hot and bothered whilst sightseeing, regardless of how cold it is! A nice floaty scarf is useful too - I have a grey snakeskin print one from M&S that is very lightweight but cosy, and looks much more expensive than it actually is.

WC jersey dresses are brilliant - I love them.

Found this in Millets (oh the shame). Not properly waterproof but probably better than something from Topshop etc?

MrsShrek3 I find pumps are often too flat and make my fet ache. Any suggestons for comfy ones? And can you please find me some nice tops?!

PoppyWearer Sat 18-May-13 22:17:00

For Paris: black, black and more black. Then chuck a nice scarf artfully around your neck.

A cross-body bag to keep stuff safe from pickpockets.

Laquila Sat 18-May-13 22:34:26

Ooh Remus, I was considering buying the curved waistband one myself - you've just persuaded me! Do you have any advice re the sizing? I have a WC linen tunic-type dress which fits fine but have turned the house upside down and can't find it so no idea what size it is! I'm normally a 12-14 but currently 6 mths pregnant, although relatively small bump. Big boobs you think M or L?

Sorry for hijack, OP!

They come up big (am a norky 12 and need a small) so probably a medium but wil depend on bump size. They do tend to need a cami under on bigger boobs though.

Nehru Sun 19-May-13 08:56:02

It still might be jeans and shoes weather

Can anyone tell me if the Millets jacket I linked to above is totally vile? I am losing all perspective! I prefer this Whistles one but I am tiny and I know I'll look ridiculous in it.

The Whistles one is gorgeous. That's the one I meant. I'm afraid the Millets one is doing nothing for me tbh - the colour doesn't help.

I like the Whistles one but truly I am tiny and will look stupid in it.

Nehru Sun 19-May-13 16:12:38

why not just wear a normal coat?

Because the general consensus is that it's going to rain and the only waterpoof coat I've got is a Barbour which is far too warm for Spring/Summer. And I had this fantasy thatthe perfect coaty/jackety thing would pull everything together and make me look smart.

Have just returned from brief shpoing sortie (hampered by 2 DSs) which resulted in me coming home with unflattering tops and cardigan, getting cross wth DH for telling me and then having a big cry in my bedroom and telling everyone to go away. It's not looking good...

That should obviously read shopping. Can you tell I've been at the medicinal Campari?

Nehru Sun 19-May-13 17:27:05

I would wear the barbour tbh and a t shirt

The Barbour is hardly the vision of chic I'd imagined myself to be.

Nehru Sun 19-May-13 19:30:10

no one is chic there its a mouse control nazi state

Nehru Sun 19-May-13 19:31:56

if it is torrential you will look shit anyway.
I have a black berghaus like this for moments like that ew but not all pulled in like hers or with grey trim

If its dry just wear normal clothes

QueenCadbury Sun 19-May-13 19:54:54

house don't get upset. You really don't need to be chic for Disneyland. As for Paris, well maybe the locals are chic but you're going to be a tourist with 2 small dc. Just relax and enjoy x

For Disney, I'd suggest Crocs or FitFlops. They'll be comfortable for walking around in all day, and will survive any wet rides. Clothes wise, Craghoppers trousers - I like the ones with the zip off bottoms so they can turn into shorts if the weather turns nice. T shirts and a lightweight waterproof jacket - does it have to be a mac?

What will you be doing in Paris - just sight seeing? Shopping? Going to a posh restaurant?

MaggieW Sun 19-May-13 21:00:54

We've just stepped off Eurostar after a fab, but exhausting, weekend there with the DCs. It was cooler than here and rained yesterday lateish afternoon. Forecast was much worse than reality.

We all wore layers and the DCs had small backbacks so they could carry water and put their raincoat away when the weather perked up. I'm so glad I snuck a small umbrella into DD's backpack. By early evening it was quite cool though so I was glad of my artfully tied scarf! When we went to the Louvre we all stripped off as it was boiling inside, so layers were really useful.

I wore nice jeans, t-shirts and cardi and scarf, along with my lightweight, packable Blacks raincoat. We ate in neighbourhood-style restaurants so were fine in casual clothes for eating out. By far the best decision for me was to wear my Clarks brogues. Usually my back is aching by mid afternoon, but I lasted all day and night, and we did a lot of walking. DDs wore trainers, as Crocs proved to be uncomfortable for all day.

Have a great time!

Nehru Sun 19-May-13 22:20:58

No no no to crag hoppers

MrsShrek3 Sun 19-May-13 23:31:41

Nehru your posts make me lolgrin grin

Thank you for all your positive posts. Don't know why I'm getting in such a tizz over this!

Nehru Mon 20-May-13 11:42:01

i dont either.
Jsut think if you were going to Legoland - would you be buying a new outfit?
just get a thinnish jumper or two, some nice t shirts
sunglasses a huge scarf and a pair of jeans with some shoes you can walk in.

It's more Paris I'm panicking about. And it's more about the fact that I just cannot do smart casual and this trip has brought iit to a head. All my efforts at casual just end in scruffiness. And I'd like to look nice in our photos!

crocs are banned in paris, no?

Nehru Mon 20-May-13 14:32:10

I now mean business
lest start with SHOES

what are you wearing to walk ?

Nehru Mon 20-May-13 14:32:56

have you some skinny or comfy jeans to wear?

have you a lightweight jumper or cardigan and a t shirt or top to wear under that GOES

LikeTheStuffYouHangUp Mon 20-May-13 14:42:46

(I'm just watching with interest, doing the same soon and need some clothe inspiration!)

Nehru Mon 20-May-13 14:49:03

I am doing paris next week , touristing with son 3, am taking black suede trainer wedges and my nike electric blue trainers here JUST IN CASE.

coat will be berghaus rainy thing if bad forecast or waxed barbour a like if not.
will wear primark super comfy jeans ( slightly rolled up if with trainers) and long sleeve t and loost jumpers

I live in tourist central here. I know that sensible Europeans look er... sensible when sight seeing.

Nehru Mon 20-May-13 14:51:19

i have this sweater notionally in my bag although i see fore cast is 20 - 25 degrees.

I also might take if THAT warm my zara quilted jacket. If i have socks and shoes on I can go lighter weight on top

Nehru Mon 20-May-13 14:51:25
Nehru Mon 20-May-13 14:51:58

am also thinking of white broderie t shirt with cashmere cardigan that i can bung on hips later in day

BeattieBow Mon 20-May-13 15:05:53

when I was in paris everyone was wearing ballet pumps and jeans or 7/8ths. i would wear that and a jacket/blazer with a scarf I think.

I have a navy mac too for cooler days - they're on sale in Gap atm.

and an umbrella for rain.

I like your trainers though nehru.

Nehru Mon 20-May-13 18:02:57

I find sometimes you need to wear different shoes day 2 just to rest your feet

QueenCadbury Mon 20-May-13 18:10:26

I'm going to euro disney in October. I shall be wearing merrell trainers, trousers and a north face waterproof coat and Minnie Mouse ears on my head smile

Wtf are Craghoppers?

Crocs are banned everywhere on earth, surely?

How about Converse or Dunlops or something else of that old school ilk? Can shove an insole in if you need more padding.

That Jigsaw jumper is nice but you can get nice jumpers much more cheaply than that.

Not cheap but cheaper

And here

Super cheap

Nehru Mon 20-May-13 20:24:40

Yes i realised i was being done over comme une kippère at the time was emergency

Nehru Mon 20-May-13 20:25:25

NEVER linen

A linen knit jumper should be fine - not like trousers.

Nehru Mon 20-May-13 20:33:16

fair dos.
I cant have chinky due to the jacket I have. need finio without cling

Which jacket?

I like this for a thin jumper I'd wear it with a longer vest peeping out in a different colour.

And I have and really like this one but I don't think you like stripes iirc

Nehru Mon 20-May-13 20:40:10

tesco waxed jacket

i am all about the glamma

Nehru Mon 20-May-13 20:40:31

you freak reeemy I am like a crack addict with stripes

Nehru Mon 20-May-13 20:42:05

i like both - might be a bit high necked...

Are you? What about all your po-face comments on Breton top threads then, oh inconstant one? smile

Agree the Warehouse one prob a bit high. The M&S one works fine on my super-sized norks though (and I am hideously paranoid about them, so it takes a lot to satisfy me).

Nehru Mon 20-May-13 20:46:30

its a stripey jumper

we BOTH know that

files nails

Nehru Mon 20-May-13 20:46:47

oh really? right - will look

Nehru Mon 20-May-13 20:47:13

what size? am boden 12 next 10 marks... who knows?


Try it on - it washes well and is cheap for not bad fabric. A change from the usual cashmillon gruesomeness in M&S.

I bought a 14 - am usually a 12 but I hate things being tight.

Nehru Mon 20-May-13 20:48:44


Nehru Mon 20-May-13 20:49:24

smile Nice shape but white makes me look as if I've been dug up. I do like a bit of silk in things though.

Nehru Mon 20-May-13 20:51:54

really? are you very fair?

Dark hair but deathly pale skin.

Those Cos jumpers look nice but I wish they'd show everything on a model. I saw that stripy jumper in M&S today. 'tis nice actually.

Yes have got v.skinny jeans. Am going to go with jeans, leggings and navy, pale pink maybe this and khaki tops. And my effing Barbour

Think I'm going to get some of these Converse and a pair of pale pink ballet pumps.

Nehru Tue 21-May-13 05:56:25

F v link goes to home page.

Blimey you lot must be cold blooded/size zero. 24 degrees, jeans + jumpers + trainers whilst traipsing round busy city, in out of metro, museums etc.

I'd go bare legged (shorts probably) layers on top half.

Nehru Tue 21-May-13 14:36:39

It's raining in Paris atm

It's bloody freezing in London. Not catching me in shorts.

Nehru FC top was the SUMMER SPELL PLEATED TOP and can someone please tell be if tose Converse things are OK? I look ridiculous in chunky trainers coz my feet are tiny.

Nehru Tue 21-May-13 17:02:24

Yu fine

The Converse are fine except if it chucks it down. I've just got these leather ones and must admit to being a bit in love with them. smile

I like the top but tis expensive for polyester and you'll melt if it's even a bit warm.

Ooh they're nice. I'm havin' 'em

I've already talked myself out of that top. There is huge gap between what I like the look of and what actually suits my stupidly tiny frame. Can't wear anything wide, floaty, slouchy etc and I should just accept it now and embrace neat.


The skinnies and 7/8ths trousers with a top like the navy striped one will be perfect on you then.

Think Audrey Hepburn in Funny Face.

Ooh good excuse to go and watch it again! If only I did have her funny face...

Nehru Thu 30-May-13 21:31:08

Right. I'm about to come home. I can tell you a cashmere cardigan And a scarf (for wind) were my best friends.

All the English wear converse and look embarrassed. All the other tourists wear trainers and think fuck it. I wore wedge trainers were fine. I had a thing waved jacket with the cardigan as optional Warmer upper, put that in bag when warm. I had no good or brolly and just gotta not showered upon or went to have lunch.
There was little style to be seen anywhere. Amongst tourists or the French tbh.

Nehru Thu 30-May-13 21:31:36

Waxed jacket. Not waved

Nehru Fri 31-May-13 10:09:22

Woman I chatted to on the train had THE coolest multi coloured trainers from Zara. Those with skinny black jeans and a short black mac would look tres chic

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