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Packing for Paris & England
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Hi,

I am packing right now for my trip to London, England and Paris, France. We are headed out there for Dec 10th – 24th… \

Any suggestions on what to bring? what to pack?? what to wear???

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Depends where you’re from. If you’re from the Northern US or Canada, the weather will most likely be a bit warmer than it is back home, and probably rainy. If it were me, I’d bring a hoodie and a rain coat.

If you’re from the South, you might want a jacket Wink

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Yea, agreed. A weather proof jacket is a definite. Also, pack some shoes that handle rain well.

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It all depends, it will either be one of two at that time of year. if your lucky you will get the weather that the UK has just now, Freezing but dry with perhaps the odd bit of snow. But more often than not it will be slightly warmer with lots and lots of rain.

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Aw yah, we were expecting rain… we’re from Alberta, Canada and are used to a lot of snow and cold. So the weather won’t be too bad, compared to here.. haha.. I was wondering more so as dress codes for nightclubs/evening wear for Paris. And even day wear there? I hear it’s high in fashion, so want to look up to dateSmile

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For day wear if your just going out and about and seeing the sights just wear something that’s comfortable, no one cares too much. As for night, smart casual style will get you in most places, I never felt out of place going out at night with a smart short sleeved shirt and a pair of clean shoes. I never relay noticed Paris being more uptight than the majority of European city’s.

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I never relay noticed Paris being more uptight than the majority of European city’s.

True, It’s Moscow where the word for Night Club Bouncer is actually “Face Police,” Fashion TV plays on the big screens in the bars and the latest styles from the Paris runway shows are actually on the street in two days. Girls there were wearing tights and leggings, skinny leg jeans, skinny leg pants in September. Even normal khakis looked like wide legged bell bottoms by comparison.

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people everywhere are wearing tights, leggings, and skinny jeans lol even in my podunk town in Alabama so… that’s just the style right now. It’s been the style for a few months, basically all of 2008, really.
Paris is a bit smartly dressed, compared to the US everyday casual, we would probably call it business casual here, but you won’t look out of place with a nice top/shirt and jacket (not like, a hoodie) and some basic dark colored jeans and either smart looking “euro” style sneakers or (for girls) ballet flats/boots, (for guys) loafers/dress shoes.

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I lived in Paris and visited the Côte d’Azur often, and I just wore nice jeans, nice black shoes, and a simple t-shirt with a print (I’m guy), and I got in everywhere. Only time I ever saw someone turned away from a club was because he was wearing sneakers when sneakers were still considered “dressing down” (2001 I believe…sneakers didn’t come in style until a few years after that)…and this wasn’t even in Paris, it was in Juan-les-Pins (small touristy town on the Côte d’Azur). If you have this image in your head of an uptight nation before you visit France, then prepare to be hit in the head and proven otherwise. Americans (and perhaps Canadians) have a lot of misconceptions about France, too many to count. As oldlady points out, the uptight nightlife scene is much more descriptive of Moscow, not Paris. The only time I have ever encountered dress codes were in my hometown Chicago, and only in the early 2000’s (not today). American nightlife was uptight then.

That being said, the French are a Southern European culture, and as such, they generally dress more formally than Americans do. “Business casual” pretty accurately describes how city residents dress on weekdays, and “smart casual” (like nice jeans, fitted t-shirts or casual collared shirt, black shoes or trendy sneaks…and the female equivalent of this for gals) is a good way to describe how they dress when they go out, or on weekends. You never see people in sweats (in fact, women wear high-heels just to get a carton of eggs from the supermarket across the street), or oversized/baggy/unfitted clothes…and in the summertime, NEVER wear shorts after sundown.


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