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What does one wear in Paris at the end of August?

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Jaamy Wed 06-Aug-08 11:38:23

Going to Paris for 3 days, end of Aug with DH who will be working. Since I will be spending the days on my own, wandering around the city, I don't want to stick out like a sore thumb. Any tips on what to wear and, more importantly, what NOT to wear?

Also any tips on where a laydee should go to entertain herself would be very gratefully received. First time in Paris in about 10 years and that was a business trip so didn't get to see much then!


ThePettyandIllinformedGoat Wed 06-Aug-08 11:44:14

vintage chanel suit and pillarbox hat, i should imagine!

lucky you envy

Jaamy Wed 06-Aug-08 11:47:34

EEEErrrr...Thanks for the tip but I seem to have misplaced my vintage Chanel!

Jewelsandgems Wed 06-Aug-08 13:08:34

Parisian women like a more mature look so don't wear anything funky or anything fashionanble by UK standards and you should be fine.

girlnextdoor Wed 06-Aug-08 16:41:49

Oh god, what DOES one wear in Paris these days in August,lol.

MaloryDontDiveItsShallow Wed 06-Aug-08 16:46:44

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Shooflypie Wed 06-Aug-08 21:42:53

Don't be intimidated! DP and I were in Paris 12 months ago and I didn't think Parisian women were better dressed than women here.
Second the suggestions above. For places to go: Musee d'Orsay is fantastic, pyramid at the Louvre, Montmartre, Tuilleries. Have a brilliant time! smile

Bronze Wed 06-Aug-08 21:44:02

Musee Rodin

Aefondkiss Wed 06-Aug-08 21:46:24

hmm a good tan, that was what I was lacking in Paris in August, me and dh really stood out, we almost looked blue.

Stargazing Wed 06-Aug-08 22:21:13

skinny jeans, flats (for day) stripey tee (ls or ss) with a tailored jacket/ light cardi and a scarf tied around the neck.

Go to the flea markets at Porte de Clignancourt, also have a good wander around the St Germain, lovely shops and art galleries.

Hang out in the Luxembourg Gardens with a good book & just look up from time to time to take it all in. Heaven!!

FluffyMummy123 Wed 06-Aug-08 22:22:13

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MaloryDontDiveItsShallow Wed 06-Aug-08 22:24:12

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Stargazing Wed 06-Aug-08 22:31:48

daphne, oui oui


cardi. Not cardy.

cantakerous cod.

and people WILL be looking at her, don't be such a beezatch.

Stargazing Wed 06-Aug-08 22:33:02

in a good way Jaamy.

HaventSleptForAYear Thu 07-Aug-08 10:37:09

Yes it will be hot. But could rain too so take an umbrella.

Bear in mind that a lot of things are closed in August so look up before you go (although last week might be ok).

Comfy shoes for walking around lots (but not American tourist style in baggy shorts and trainers!)

Otherwise just dress as you would for London I would say (I always dress up a bit for London compared to the depths of Normandy grin).

Agree with jewelsandgems.

Jaamy Thu 07-Aug-08 12:19:14

Thank you for all the advice. And yes, cod, I know people will have better things to look at than me but just don't want to feel uncomfortable with all the beautiful people! Probably being a bit paranoid.

So the beret and string of onions are out then?

DH has been there this week and says temps have hit 35+. So something along the lines of stripey t with skirt and pumps. Like this but with short sleeves and without the ugly shoes! Or is that too contrived?

Thanks for all the tips of where to go, also. Stargazing - had envisaged myself sitting somewhere with a good book. Now, what to read...

Thanks folks

FluffyMummy123 Thu 07-Aug-08 12:19:35

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HaventSleptForAYear Thu 07-Aug-08 12:45:22

Oh god stripey tee-shirts.

Parisians mostly wear them when "in the country" along with their petit bateau raincoats.

Just a nice top will be fine.

Do not go stripey just to blend in lol !

Jaamy Thu 07-Aug-08 13:13:21

No Stripes, got it!

Haven't got any grown-up open toed shoes. Either flip lop style or wedges.

Jaamy Thu 07-Aug-08 13:13:42

flip flop

andyrobo237 Thu 07-Aug-08 13:17:52

What you mean you dont own a pair of crocs or croc look-alikes! Can you walk all day in your wedges?? We went to London in OCt and did about 5 miles walking in a day, and I had my heeled mules on (not quite a wedge) and was really comfy.

You will have a fab time sans kiddies I am sure!!

Ewe Thu 07-Aug-08 13:31:38

I have just been in Paris and it was baking! I typically wore white shorts, with a t-shirt or strap top, funky belt, gladiator sandals and big shades and didn't feel like I stuck out at all.

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