One of the advantages of the unexpectedly warm weather in Paris is that I got to see the entire city shifting into their warmer-weather wardrobes!
As I always do when I travel, I tried to keep my eyes open for things that I saw – in stores or on people – that were different from what I would see in Chicago. In Paris, there were LOTS of things that caught me eye – so much that it’s going to take me 2 days to tell you about them all!
I can’t swear that white eyelet is a trend this year, or if it’s just something that everyone pulls out and starts to wear when the weather warms up. It really is more of a classic… But we saw lots of cute little dresses, and PLENTY of tops with eyelet trip being worn with shorts, flowing skirts, and cropped pants. They looked fresh and crisp without being hard-edged or too starched…
(for what it’s worth, that wrap dress comes in four colors, as does the little ruffle-cap sleeved top…)
Another fabric that we saw in large quantities, in every kind of garment, was chambray. I was particularly taken with the printed fabrics on a chambray background; it’s not easy to find examples to share with you, but this first shirt is the quintessence of this idea:
Overall, the single fabric that emerged the most quickly, and seemed to dominate a LOT of outfits, was linen. Linen in every possible color, shape and style you could want for summer! Many people – male and female – wore classic linen shirts with the sleeves rolled up, and maybe an extra button open… It looked great with khaki pants or shorts, or white pants.
Despite what we were always told in the past about how people dressed in Paris, we saw lots of people wearing shorts. Younger women wore denim cut-offs (often with black tights under them!), but most adults, and a good share of younger people, were wearing linen…
And don’t be afraid of the drawstring waist – they were EVERYWHERE… (I bought the top shorts in grey – actually a melange of black and white – and I can highly recommend them!)
Lots of women past the first insanity of adult life were wearing beautiful linen tunics…
Probably the most eye-catching thing that we saw was a LOT of yellow, on people of both genders and all ages, in every possible garment. While many of us can’t wear yellow really well, if it looks good on you, this is the time to start watching; if it’s popular in Paris this year, it won’t take long to get to the rest of us!
We saw a lot of particularly pretty yellow dresses… What fun that could be! If you struggle to incorporate yellow into your wardrobe, a cardigan is always an easy way to start gently… and this skirt includes both those lacy notes that I mentioned, as well as some sunny yellow.
The sleeveless dress above comes in black and light blue too, as well as a really summery plaid… I wish I could justify about 20 new dresses!
There were still women wearing pants, even as the weather got quite warm. Lots of the pants that we saw were lightweight fabrics in striking prints! Nobody wore them with a matching top – usually they were worn with a simple tee shirt. They were always loose, fluid, and cool looking – in both meanings of the term!
I have more observations that I’ll share on Wednesday, as well as a few other images from Paris that I was able to take. In the warmer weather, I found that either the sky was too bright to take good shop-window pictures, or that it was pouring rain and I didn’t WANT to take pictures! That said, I did grab a few images that I want to share…