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a quick note about wardrobe

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a quick note about wardrobe

For those of you looking for what to wear in Paris - we just wrapped up our first day in Paris and I thought I should mention that probably 70% of the Parisiens we saw were dressed nicely in black from head to toe.

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1. Re: a quick note about wardrobe

I believe you.

Yet, many insist "everybody wears jeans in Paris".

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2. Re: a quick note about wardrobe

Were you at the opera?

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It's maybe leftovers from fashion week. Models and fashionistas that have been unable to find their way to the airport...!

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5. Re: a quick note about wardrobe

I lived in Paris from 1994-1997 and went from a very colorful wardrobe when we arrived to almost all black wardrobe which is

pretty much what I wear today.

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I like black, I have worn alot of black since the early 80s.. it suits me, and in a city like Paris it is great, you never have to worry about getting dusty or dirty sitting on a bench or metro seat. PLus its so easy to mix and match black,, no clashing tones of black, LOL

Black is easy to assesorize, and you can mix a bit of color in ( I love red shoes, its a weakness, LOL ). So, when I go to Paris, I wear black, but just because I normally do,, so for those who never wear black, don't start now. I still think a person should stay true to who they are to some degree, unless of course who you are likes to wear pink velour track suits that have been personalized by the " Bedazzler" ,, ugh, rhinestones are never right, LOL

sorry , if anyone here likes the rhinestone look, it is fine,, but you may stand out a tad in Paris,,

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In Paris from 4/23 to 4/30 and wearing what I always wear. Now that I've lived in Florida for the last ten years and dress casually for work, it's tan khakis and pullover solid color knit shirts in various bright colors. I lived in NYC for 20 years and SF for 10 and now here for 10 and have no dark clothes per se left except black suit (for funerals, a tux for elegant cruising, and various light colored sports jackets, including the required navy blazer). That's it! Will I look like a tourist? You bet. Do I care? Not a fig. Although I don't have an accent of any kind (NY), all I have to do is open my mouth and people will know my French is not native. Listen, I was in Rome and various other cities last November and I read so much stuff about dressing and safety concerns (pickpocketing, etc.) that by the time I left I was just about crazy. Waste of time. No matter what you do you're going to be a tourist, just use some common sense, dress halfway decently, and nobody will pay any attention to you. At least that's what I've learned in my 57 years on this earth. Do I carry my wallet in my back pocket - no! Do I wear a ton of flashy jewelry - no!, but I don't look like a monk either, so just enjoy yourself while you're traveling, be aware of your surroundings and be nice to people and you'll have a great time. See you in Paris!

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8. Re: a quick note about wardrobe

Some of us are lucky enough to look good in black, you can just jazz it up with accessories.

AN I'm sure lot of those wearing black would also wear jeans as well!

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9. Re: a quick note about wardrobe

When I wear jeans in spring or fall (too hot in summer) I wear a black or dark gray cashmere or cotton turtleneck. My other slacks are black. So is my jacket.

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10. Re: a quick note about wardrobe

I find black dull and uninspiring in casual wear. Do I wear black? Welllll, I still suffer the delusion that it makes me look thinner, and IMO just about everyone looks good in black. So, yeah. However, I do not wear black during the day when the temps rise above 75 F--it's too hot, I sweat, it's uncomfortable. I feel like a mime, or a funeral participant.

When we were in Montreaux a few Augusts ago, I noticed that almost no females wore shorts even tho it was blisteringly hot; but many (if not most) wore the tightest white pants I've ever seen, and thongs under. No way to avoid noticing. At lesast, that's what my husband said.


My next dilemma is, do I bring a (one-piece black) swimsuit for South of France in June? I almost didn't take one to Greece and would have been very sorry. I worried about being plump and looking out of place, but I'm glad I didn't let that stop me. There were far heavier women, wearing far less than I, on every beach we went to, and, as they spoke Greek, they seemed to be locals.

Lesson learned.