Personal Shopper: London & Paris Non-Touristy Travel Clothes for Melissa

Melissa H. wrote, "Dear Outblush, I'm travelling to London and Paris in a couple weeks. The last thing I want to do is look like a tacky tourist, so I am hoping you could help me look cute in pictures while staying comfortable on the go. Could you suggest a few pieces that would help me look indigenous while offering the flexibility of all-day wear and miles of walking? If you could find anything that would suit a petite frame, even better! Thanks in advance!"

Melissa, you lucky duck, you! So far as fashion goes, a lot of the same things that are currently trendy Stateside will work equally well in Europe: cropped lighter-wash jeans, belted shorts, flowy tank tops & tunics with interesting details, etc. You want pieces that are made from lightweight fabrics that don't wrinkle a lot, since the temperatures will be in the 70's and 80's. And, and, Cole Haan has expanded his popular Nike Air line of shoes from work-appropriate pumps into trendy flats and gladiator sandals, so you can walk for miles and still look cute. Have an awesome trip!

1 - TopShop Micrame Twist Neck Tunic ($80)

2 - TopShop Casual Wavy Frill Front Tank Top (Vest) ($50)

3 - RicRac Montage Tank ($68)

4 - 6 Degrees Sleeveless Braided Beaded A Line Tank Top ($20)

5 - Deletta Carefully Cultivated Tank ($78)

6 - Banana Republic Petite Indigo Skinny Cropped Jeans ($60 on sale)

7 - ASOS Belted Cotton Shorts ($37, in 2 colors)

8 - Cole Haan FLX Women's Air Veneta T-Strap Sandal ($79-110, in 3 colors)

9 - Cole Haan FLX Air Bandon Flats ($110, in 2 colors)

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Posted on 07.15.10 at 2:20 PM

Hope the trip isn't in August! Much of Europe goes on vacation in August, and Paris, at least, will be a ghost town with limited restaurants, shopping, etc!


Posted on 07.18.10 at 6:19 PM

Dear Outblush,

Thanks for the amazing suggestions. #3 is my personal favorite, and your cute flat/sandals recommendations will come in super-useful.

Space-geek, deserted it will be.. but probably better for me that the shopping and food is limited! :)

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