What to Pack for Bordeaux and Paris (with a cruise too)

What to Pack for 14 Days in Bordeaux and Paris Packing Light List

T-shirt • J.Crew | Black Blouse • Madewell | Striped Shirt • Land’s End | Black Shirt • Mango | Tie Blouse • Mango | Camel Pullover • H&M | Grey V-Neck Oversized Sweater • H&M | Cardigan • Mango | Blazer • H&M | Casual Denim • Banana Republic | Dark Denim • Mango | Black Trousers • Banana Republic | Black Dress • Marks and Spencer | Coat • & Other Stories | Black Scarf • Nordstrom | Red Scarf • H&M | Black Hat • Banana Republic | Sunglasses • Vince Camuto | Watch • Nixon | Boots • Nordstrom | Loafers • Sam Edelman | Leopard Flats • Vionic | Brown Purse • Shoptiques | Black Crossbody • Cynthia Rowley |


Bear with me guys. I kind of feel like I am running around like a chicken with my head cut off trying to get everything I need to get done before our summer ends, so if I seem scatter brained it’s because I am.

September and October are popular months to travel and you can tell by my requests. I am trying to get through them as quick as I can, but like I mentioned I am slightly off my game this week. These two months are one of the most popular months for travel because you get to avoid the summer vacation travellers while still enjoying somewhat decent weather (although rain is much more prevalent a this time of year in many places).

This week I have a packing list for a one week river cruise in the Bordeaux region and the next week they will spend in Paris. While being on the river will be more chilly than in Paris (both locations range from lows of 9°C to a high of 17°C in the month of October) , sweaters, pants, and wool jacket will work perfectly for both locations.

This trip has one extremely formal evening on the cruise that will require an outfit that will need to be added in addition to the travel wardrobe. I just wanted to note that while many cruises have formal dinners where you dress up a bit more than usual, some cruises have very formal events so you need to make sure that you are prepared for that. Aside from the one very formal event, the rest of the dinners are just semi-dressy.

I decided to keep it simple but chic with my choices. A blazer that will work as a light jacket and add a casual chic vibe quickly when thrown on with jeans and a t-shirt. A few pullovers and a cardigan, a semi dressy wrap dress,  some neutral coloured shirts in different styles, three pairs of pants (I picked a dark denim, an ankle skimming, straight leg denim, and black slacks that hit the ankle too). I like ones that hit the ankle because they look chic with flats and short boots. As for the shoes I selected were some short boots, a loafer, and a leopard flat. The leopard shoe is the brand Vionic which have their “Orthaheel” technology which is supposed to make them very comfortable for walking and for people with feet issues. Apparently they run a bit large so it is recommended to size down 1/2 a size.

I’ll round it out with accessories which aside from any simple jewellery you may wear I also included a watch (the brand is Nixon and I have had my Nixon watch for almost 15 years now and it still works well). A wool hat, a couple of scarves, some sunglasses, and two purses (one small style, and one regular sized). And don’t forget a jacket. I think any wool medium weight jacket will work, but I love this navy blue style with faux fur trim. I know some people run scared from a coat like this but I absolutely adore the look of a jacket with a faux fur collar and kick myself every fall for the one I purged many, many years ago.

Twenty outfit ideas for this list can be found in this post.

What is your favourite fall jacket style?


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