Maria’s first Parisian look is a classic black dress, but in what looks to be the oh-so-trendy shirt-dress style. I love how easy and comfortable this silhouette is! It’s a casual dress that takes no time at all to throw on and look fab in, but which is also polished and can be elevated with the right accessories. She added a bit of whimsy with her red animal-face purse, which makes me smile; it’s so cute and fun! Chunky-strap black sandals complete the look. You could also finish this with (easy-to-pack!) ballet flats or loafers as well. Cranberry lips!!!!!***************
Day 2’s look is a dramatic rendition of a high-low tee paired with high-waisted blue denim, which Maria emphasizes via a half-tuck. I’ve always loved the classic pairing of a white tee with blue jeans, and the silhouette of this tee gives some extra va-voom and interest to this iconic combo. Maria finishes the look with a hint of metallic: on-trend, 90’s referencing Birkenstocks, which are totally hot right now but which, I must confess, make me cringe :). To prevent you from having to read multiple accounts of my cringing, I refrain from mentioning it further, but you’re free to envision me curling up in a twitching, crinkle-faced ball every time I have to type the word “Birkenstocks”. I may just resort to calling them “those” :) If you happen to be sitting beside me on the #NeverBirkies wagon, consider loafers (do it Maria’s way and choose metallic; they would work with the shirt dress above just as well as black #PackingConsiderations). Sneakers would make a comfy-for-exploring-in option.
Maria’s next look is a lighthearted combination of playfulness and glam. She paired a boxy white cat-face graphic tee with a blush peach pailette skirt (or possibly dress?). Something about the unexpectedness of this pairing makes it feel more Parisian in spirit than her previous two outfits. That’s accentuated by the white, black and blush palette ..and the multi-layered pearl necklace ;) There’s always something deeply chic and connected to the heart’s blood of fashion about pearls! White platform pumps round off this fancy ensemble.
Day 4 brings us a complete about-face: an athleisure-inspired black-on-black outfit, consisting of a classy tank and leather-look leggings. Underarmour flat slides enhance the sporty vibe..but they give me the same vibe as “those” shoes. I’d be tempted to finish this look with loafers (seeing a pattern here? ;)), sneakers or pointy-toe pumps. I could even go for the camel flats Maria debuts in her next look. I’m a massive fan of her super-high bun! I LOVE how it adds interest, refinement and edge to this laid-back pairing.
Maria’s next outfit is unquestionably my #1, top, ultimate favorite of all her ensembles! This black-and-white photo crop top paired with a striped A-line skirt is something I would wear in a heartbeat! I’m thrilled by the touch of red from the scarf tied at her waist, which is echoed by her cherry lip shade. It brings a blast of fire to the clean, crisp black+white. Her camel pumps add a further touch of warmth. The whole impression created here is of a cataclysm of classic chic with modernity and it is everything.
From there, she moves on to a boldly printed plum and white mini dress. She defines the waist of this shift and creates a blouson silhouette by adding a wide belt. I love how the use of a single accessory can completely alter the look of a piece! In this case, it takes the vibe from 60’s to 80’s. I second her choice of camel pumps for this outfit; they mirror the bold polish of the rest of the look and illustrate the right way to utilize the ultra-limited choices required by travel.