The 5 Things Every Parisian Packs For Summer Vacation

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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 beachexploring 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:

LES LOLOS tip: All three pairs should match your tunic!

#3: The Swimsuit

This season is all about the one-piece. Pick one that’s graphic, sporty or elegant with a sexy lace-up.

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

That is, a woven raffia tote. Vanessa Seward’s handpainted woven totes are the fashionista’s choice (and mostly sold out)! Luckily, Maud Fourier offers a wide and beautiful selection as well.

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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Caroline Laniel

Parisian at heart, mum of 3, wife and ex-expat Caroline works as a personal stylist and shopper. She's lived in Asia and Europe and loves to discover new people and cultures . She is a fashion expert who's covered the Paris and Milan shows, modeled in Tokyo and been featured in L’Express Styles and Italian and French fashion blogs. Caroline also created Walking Fashion Tours in Paris, a unique shopping and styling trip for individuals and groups. Caroline now lives in St Germain-en-Laye.

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