We are so excited to introduce our new Fashion Editor, Caroline Laniel. A Parisian who’s also lived the expat experience, Caroline is a stylist, shopper and has even modeled in Japan. She lends us her expertise with a primer on packing for your summer holidays like a real Frenchwoman. Don’t leave home without these 5 things…
Les vacances! Soon, most of us will escape the city to reach distant lands. To make your packing mission easier, here’s my guide to the 5 essentials every stylish Parisian has in her summer luggage:
#1: A Multipurpose Tunic
Call it a dress, a blouse or a tunic: Something versatile enough to be worn on different occasions like a walk along the beach, exploring a Medieval village in Provence, sipping a Spritz in Portofino.
LES LOLOS tip: Favor natural fabrics such as cotton. Polyester is a good alternative since it doesn’t wrinkle much.
#2: The Shoes
The Parisian girl is active and on average packs three pairs of shoes for her holiday:
- Sneakers: Whether you jog or not, sneakers are absolutely necessary for walking tours, shopping trips or just the chic yet comfortable look
- Flats: Choose from slides, Ancient Greek sandals or thongs/flipflops
- Castaner espadrilles: A summer staple. For a less pricey version, try these
LES LOLOS tip: All three pairs should match your tunic!
#3: The Swimsuit
LES LOLOS tip: Avoid strange tan lines by first sunbathing in a bikini or something strapless (or even better, try a self-tanner like L’Oréal Paris Sérum Autobronzant).
# 4: The Panier
LES LOLOS tip: Treasure hunt in your mom’s or (even better) grandma’s attic. You might score a vintage and completely unique basket to call your own.
#5: The Hat
Last but not least, an easy-to-fold or an easy-to-carry-on hat. Choose one with wide edges to keep your face protected from the sun.
LES LOLOS tip: If you have no more room left in your luggage for your topper, just wear it!
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