A Parisian-Inspired Travel Wardrobe

Coco Chanel and Christian Dior have become the inspiration behind the Paris-esque interiors of some of the most fashionable hotels. I’m following their lead and channeling my own inner-Parisian for all our fall escapes. Think classic Parisian when shopping.

Look for dresses with an edgy, unexpected flair; a little animal print in your accessories to up your game; sleek monochromatic styles – the French are understated and chic; a structured, hard handle bag; pearls are a must have to capture that Parisian insouciance; black and white designed in sleek hound’s-tooth checks and sexy, flirty flats. Parisian women understand the sleek, utilitarian nature of wearing low heels. So, first stop on your Parisian inspired holiday: this packing list below that’s sure to give you that je ne sais quoi

1. A Cosmopolitan Setting

The Waldorf Astoria in Chicago

The Waldorf Astoria in Chicago

2. The LBD Redesigned

The LBD Redesigned

Altuzarra, Tibi, MSGM

3. The Cat’s Meow

The Cat's Meow

Dolce & Gabana

4. The Art of the Apertif

The Art of the Apertif

Because every chic hotel needs a signature drink, the Waldorf Astoria Chicago’s “Smoke & Honey” cocktail is not to be missed.

5. Monochromatic Chic

Monochromatic Chic

The Row, Derek Lam

6. Le Vie En Rose

Dee Ocleppo

Dee Ocleppo

7. Pearls of Wisdom

Pearls of Wisdom

Jemma Wynne, Aurelie Bidderman, Jemma Wynne

8. Inspired Interiors

Inspired Interiors

Feast your eyes on the chandelier in the foyer of the Waldorf Astoria in Chicago – 8 feet in diameter and constructed of Austrian glass crystal – that was imagined exclusively by Simeone Deary Design Group and was created to replicate Coco Chanel’s vintage jeweled broach, J’adore.

9. Check Mate

Check Mate

Oscar de la Renta, Max Mara, Max Mara

10. Flat Out Fabulous

Flat Out Fabulous

Dolce & Gabana, Tabitha Simmons, Acquazurra

The Original Paris Icons

The Original Paris Icons

For the ultimate French inspiration, take a look back at these iconic fashionable Francophiles of the ’60s and ’70s-
Brigitte Bardot, Jane Birkin and Francoise Hardy. Très chic!


Black Lace Dress


Off The Shoulder Midi


Embellished Dress


Leopard Pumps


Melton Coat


Button Front Cardigan


Ear Climbers


Hoop Earrings


Pearl Cuff


Nave Grid Silk Dress


Houndstooth Sweater


Houndstooth Pencil Skirt


Sequined Flats


Tabitha Simmons


Christy Suede Flat


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