Ah, Paris. The land of crispy baguettes, decadent cheese, copious amounts of wine—and a culture that has sophistication built into its DNA. French women have been the envy of American women since Abigail Adams accompanied John, and with good reason. We're desperate to mimic the nuances of their skincare routines (#pharmacybeauty), their diet (what diet?), and, perhaps most of all, their style.
So what does one pack for a city that's synonymous with sartorial supremacy? I'd recommend
A Cool Girl Cap
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Because a beret would be tré obvious, go for a cadet-style cap instead. Paris is the perfect place to experiment with a trend you might otherwise be hesitant about—plus, it's a fool-proof solution for a bad hair day. Post up at Café de Flore, which is arguably the city's most renowned coffeehouse
A Classic Leather Bag
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It would be virtually sacrilege to pack for Paris without paying homage to the city's grande dame, Coco Chanel. The famed French fashion house's classic 2.55 bag is both chic and utilitarian—the chain can be worn on the shoulder or as a crossbody, which is ideal for a day of shopping. Head to Didier Ludot and Thanx God for an amazing selection of vintage designer pieces.
Low Maintenance Makeup
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Here's the thing about French women: they never want to appear as though they're trying too hard. Pare down your own routine with one product that does the work of three, like La Prairie's new cushion compact
A Printed Wrap Dress
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While it's true that the
A Breton Striped Shirt
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It's no surprise that we so closely associate the Breton striped shirt with Parisian fashion. The style was first introduced in the mid-1800s as a uniform for the French navy, and thanks to a little help from Coco Chanel—who launched a nautical collection inspired by the stripes in 1917—it has since become a street style wardrobe staple. Tuck it into your
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