Posted on: April 11, 2024 Posted by: Comments: 0
Sezane top 0 / FR 32, J.Crew cashmere xxs, Madewell Jeans 24P (love! Put anti-fray on the hems), Amazon pumps 5.5 (similar below), Chanel mini flap, $15 BP sunnies

Bonjour from Paris! I’ve been dreaming of a couples getaway since last year, and am grateful to both our moms who are helping make this a reality. I’m just sharing a few snaps here to answer some outfit questions, and will do a more detailed trip recap of where we visited, hotels, and of course a luxury shopping post with price comparisons!

Shoes: For adding a pop of color to my neutral style, I’d been hunting for block heeled Mary Janes that are actually comfy (didn’t realize what a challenge that’d be, after trying several popular but painful brands) and by luck stumbled across these from Amazon. They’re honestly an amazing buy for the price, and even come with removable cushion pads. Red is running low, so I’m linking two similar well-rated options here and here!

Jeans: I’ve raved about these wide leg crop jeans (wash is “Altoona”) since last year and they definitely earned a spot in my suitcase. My only small qualm is the Petite “high” rise is a little lower than what I personally like, so in hindsight, I would’ve tried on the regular sizing for a higher rise and then cut the hems shorter. The petite rise on these is about 9.5″ while the standard rise is 10.5.”

Flats: I had my eye on these Dolce Vita flats (many more sizes & colors here) for a while and finally got them last month. I love everything about the rounded square toe shape and minimal strap, and would love these in more colors! Target has a popular dupe as well for $30. For those asking if these are comfy for a day around Europe – I would ALWAYS recommend supportive sneakers for that instead of “fashion flats.” I walk about 2 miles a day in these flats and keep a change of shoes in my bag if we’re doing more walking.

The Archives de Musee was a beautiful free museum, and conveniently located for eating in & exploring the Le Marais area after!

Sézane is another great brand to shop while in France given the price differences – about 20 to 25% lower from my calculations. Nick is now a convert of the brand for staples, and he’s been wearing this navy waffle shirt and stretch waist jeans on repeat. He also wanted to mention these New Balances (surprisingly on sale!) are one of his most comfortable sneakers in a versatile neutral palette, even though he realized later that it’s a womens’ color combo, haha!

Ever since Oak & Fort opened right by my home, I’ve tried this trench coat on maybe 4 times over the past year and always thought it was too oversized and long. But in the absence of more petite-friendly options in this style, I eventually pulled the trigger and really like it. It has that effortless vibe from the substantial-feeling drape material to the chic sleeve cinches. It’s a welcome alternative to my structured trench coats, just be warned it runs big! The xxs (in Khaki) is def roomy on me, and I usually wear it open with the belt tightly tied in the back to gather up extra fabric.

Polène prices in France vs the US have one of the biggest differences amongst the brands I’ve checked out. When comparing the same styles, prices for the same bags in the US are about 40% more than the buying in France after currency conversions and VAT refund!

The location in Le Marais was a pleasantly calm shopping experience with no line, unlike the pics I’ve seen at their other store! The Cyme bag was their most sought-after handbag by far, with multiple people coming in trying to buy it during my visit. It was sold out and this was just a floor model in the bigger size, with two lengths of handles / straps for wearing over the arm or over the shoulder.

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