My Summer Wardrobe


This dress (previously traded, but I got it back. I think the "Dora the Explorer" photo is from 2010)

  

These dresses

  

These shoes, my cardigan, t-shirts, and jeans. I'll wear my sunglasseswatchpurse, and wedding ring everyday, and a scarf for special events. I have two bathing suits, plus one bridesmaid dress I haven't seen yet- a total of 18 pieces.

Paris' summer weather isn't very different from Cleveland. I may need to pull out boots and a coat one day; the next could be sweltering. We don't have air conditioning, but we have metal shutters outside for ventilation and shade, which I open and close depending on the sun's position. Several asked how I store out-of-season clothes. I keep everything in the closet year-round. I don't have enough to justify storing elsewhere! Besides, Kar and Toffel use the under-bed area for their stuff. I have a canvas garment bag, but this method for repurposing old sheets makes good garment protectors.

As per usual, this isn't a guide for gauging what French women wear in the summer. My friends are always cold and wear tights, jackets, scarves, etc. throughout the season. We've had one really hot day so far, when I saw many girls wearing spaghetti strap jumpsuits or thigh skimming sleeveless tops with boxy collarless jackets and jeans / shorts. Women aged 30-45 wore tunics and navy / khaki shirtdresses and 45+ wore white knit or sheath dresses- all with ankle boots, black-and-white Nikes, Stan Smiths or ballet flats. I spotted exactly one woman wearing a dress the same length as mine, and that was probably only because she was riding a bike!

Paris to Go

12 comments:

  1. Could you recommend a brand or type of garment bag to use? I used to store clothes in their dry cleaning bags, but I can say firsthand that they truly yellow and mold your clothes.

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    1. Hi Olga! Oh no, I'm so sorry about that. Yes, I read that the plasticizers they use in drycleaning yellow clothing. I just use Moda Operandi bags from clothing I purchased years ago. It was when it first opened really, so I wonder if they even offer them anymore. They are pink canvas with a zipper.

      I think the sheet idea is really marvelous and the best option. After that I'd say a canvas bag, not nylon.

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  2. Love it, very very inspiring. I could say I have a lot of work to do, but on the other hand, all my clothes ar loved and really well taken care of. A littel pet peeve of mine.

    You do inspire me, really inspire. Because I love what I have, there is no room for new clothing friends. One in, one out, is a great rule for me.

    Thank you, as always,
    Emma

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    1. Thank you so much Emma! Yes, I think the numbers don't matter and they differ for everybody, so when you love all your pieces and care for them there is no need to pare down. And it sounds like you can get enough variety with one in one out. I love the expression new clothing friends! Thank you for always being so sweet!

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  3. Stunning items, as usual. Where did you get the dress (and shoes!) in the first picture, if you don't mind sharing? Can you elaborate what you mean by tailoring doesn't make financial sense? I'm so glad you're posting more now. Yours is one of my favorite new blogs!

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    1. Thanks Holly! The dress is Paul and Joe and the shoes were Alaia, secondhand. I sold them a few years ago- they were very old. The cost of tailoring would cost more than the dress, and I can recoup the initial investment selling them. Thank you again!

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  4. Enjoy reading your notes on how people surrounding you dress. We hear too much about 'how to be French' but your descriptions go beyond buying stripe tops and Marant/APC clothing.

    I am doing my first experiment where I boxed up everything i own and am using a 12 piece wardrobe. Its going great so far.

    I wanted to ask you. How do you deal with beauty products like sunscreen that you cant make at home ? The containers are hard to recycle.

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    1. Hi Archana! That's so great! How did you decide what pieces to include in your 12 item wardrobe? I did meet one girl wearing a striped top today! But she wasn't French :) I think some of my Parisian friends don't have any striped shirts, but I always thought it was a staple until moving here.

      I just read your sunscreen post! I do "make" sunscreen at home actually, and there are some recyclable recommendations listed here:

      http://www.paris-to-go.com/2014/11/diy-homemade-plastic-free-zero-waste-all-natural-organic-sunscreen.html

      Red raspberry seed oil works for me- I've personally studied its SPF, and UV imaging shows my skin isn't sun damaged- but I wouldn't recommend it for all people. I stay covered up or out of the sun and people in my family have enough melanin, I guess. I definitely do not recommend coconut oil instead of sunscreen, the SPF factor is barely 2! New longitudinal studies show many commercial sunscreens don't work either, but I would never tell someone to skip sun protection just to be zero waste. A person's health is too important.

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  5. I have also been in paris this summer and have seen how hot/cold it can get. I find my army green long windbreaker a great help these days.

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    1. Hi Jacqualyn! How cool that you're living here. Yes, the weather is crazy. We had a really nice indian summer this winter, but a terribly cold season before that... it'll be interesting to see what we have to wear this season!

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  6. Lovely as always, Ariana! So I'm wondering which dress you will wear if you go on holiday to a hot climate? The red cotton one you used in Indo, so will the dress in the top pic replace that? I'm asking because I've just returned from a safari here in Uganda, and am looking for a good secondhand option for our next safari. I used an APC linen dress this time and it worked well...would just love to add one more. Thanks so much!

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    1. Hi Joy! Thank you so much! What an awesome trip, I would just love to go on safari there. Yes, the top dress is an old one and I like it better. The red cotton one was just a little too big and in a breeze it floated away- not very good for a safari :) I'd like to see what you decide on for your next safari (and where you go!). We're going to South Africa soon, it's my dream to visit Namibia or Zimbabwe so I want to try and squeeze something in. Any tips you have would be greatly appreciated!

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