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In 2010, Kristina and I took a trip to Paris. It was my first time, and I absolutely fell in love with the city. Since we left I’ve been itching to return. It could happen next year, but I am not holding my breath.
I packed fairly light for that trip. At this point, knowing what I know now I may have done it a little differently. Perhaps I would have worn a different coat, or brought different shoes. I definitely would have carried a messenger bag of some sort with a camera, notebook, and some water. I was comfortable, but it could have been better.
Lately I’ve been having a little fun creating “kits” of stuff I would put together in different situations, etc. Today, I decided to put together two kits for Paris – one for day, and one for night using only items from the J.Crew partnership brands; known on their website as In Good Company. I did the best I could with what they offer. I think I would wear most of what is there. There’s one shirt I’d probably not wear, but it is French, so I kind of had to. Let me know what you think.
Paris by Day
Paris is actually a lot more casual than people think. But to Parisians, casual does not mean sloppy. Wearing these items would help you stay comfortable and casual, while not completely looking like a tourist.
Jacket – Woolrich John Rich & Bros.™ travel jacket $395
Jeans - Levi’s® Vintage Clothing 501xx® 1966 jean in rough rinse $215
Shirt – Saint James® unisex Meridien II nautical tee $85
Sneakers – Adidas Spezial Sneakers $70
Socks – Corgi™ stripe socks $32
Sunglasses – Persol® 0649 sunglasses $310
Watch – Timex® Andros watch $175
Bag – Belstaff® Colonial shoulder bag 556 $385
Paris By Night
While you can certainly get away with being more casual by day, at night you should dress it up, at least a little bit. For some restaurants, I would certainly recommend a suit. But for the more modest bistros and brasseries, a dark pair of jeans, nice shoes, and a pressed shirt should suffice. Oh, and expect rain…
Jacket – Mackintosh® Duncan coat in birch $800
Jeans – Lee® for J.Crew 101 B regular straight selvedge jean in rinse wash $220
Shirt – Thomas Mason® fabric button-down dress shirt in peri $135 (tie optional)
Shoes – Alden® shell cordovan chukka boots $650
Socks – Pantherella® merino dress socks $27
Watch – Mougin & Piquard™ for J.Crew Grande Seconde watch in cream $425
All In Good Company items available at select J.Crew stores, and at jcrew.com