Every month, Londoner turned Parisienne
Parisian women tend to forgo makeup in favour of a few basics such as sunscreen (of course), lipstick and perhaps a little mascara—and the same goes for their clothing choices. They opt for minimum fuss so they can maximise time spent recharging batteries.
One of the most versatile dress styles you can wear in summer is the wrap dress—just go up a size or two if you’re larger on the bust. They’re easy, breezy and will keep you cool in higher temperatures. This silhouette also works brilliantly as a beach cover-up. Look to cult brands such as Reformation, Réalisation, Faithful the Brand, Ganni and Nanushka.
This multipurpose (use it as a carry-on or take it to the beach and fill it with essentials for sightseeing) sac isn’t going out of style any time soon. Plus, it will be just as useful bag home for any supermarket trips. Made famous by the perennially chic Paris-based Brit Jane Birkin, its timeless appeal means it’s also an item you can afford to invest in.
French women are famous for knowing how to look after their skin, and there’s no better way to protect your face from any harsh wrinkle-inducing sun rays than with a hat. Select a wide-brimmed style so you can also shade your shoulders, neck and décolletage. If you want something a little more inconspicuous, say, for city breaks, opt for the style of the season: the bucket hat. It also folds well for travelling ease.
Don’t underestimate the power of the little black dress in summer. I love wearing white on holiday, but chances are if you’ve slathered yourself with sunscreen, white will get dirty fast, so a simple but elegant black dress is an important addition to your packing arsenal and looks très chic in the evening with a bright red lip. Choose a lightweight cotton or linen version, which can be dressed up with heels.
Espadrilles are a style staple in France and Parisians’ go-to shoes for the warmer months. I, for one, have been wearing them since I was a kid on many a summer holiday spent frolicking by the French seaside, and they haven’t left my feet in summer since I’ve been living in Paris. I recommend investing in one black pair and one cream pair because they will go with every summer item you own. Not only are they the wear-anywhere summer style (also great for weddings), but they’re also possibly the most comfortable shoes you’ll walk in. Thank me later.