Best Clothes to Pack for your Trip this May

It’s spring in Paris once again and it is the best time to dress like a true fashionista!

April and May comprise the spring season in Paris and those who are visiting the City of Light in May should prepare for a real-life fashion showdown. The streets of Paris will not be a sea of black coats and black slacks this springtime, instead, colors and prints of different shades and textures will flood the districts.

Spring is the best time to experiment with clothes, colors and styles. Since it will neither be too cold nor too warm outside, it wouldn’t be a good idea to stick with your black coat, pants, and boots. Most Parisians, especially locals, will be in their best spring wear, as well. Colors like orange, brown, turquoise, red, green, khaki, white and several others will be “in” and darker hues will not be very common. If you want to know what most Parisians will be wearing so you can prepare before your trip, head down to the websites of popular fashion designers and see what’s in their spring wear gallery.

Ladies will find the season exciting since they will be able to exercise their fashion chops as they mix and match different springtime clothing. Men, on the other hand, will have to stick to the common casual wear. After all, there is not a lot of unusual variations for men’s fashion. A cool shirt, colored scarf, a beanie hat, and some light khaki pants may do for starters. You may also refer to fashion websites for more ideas.

During spring, skirts, scarves, and sleeveless tops tend to become very common. You might want to build your wardrobe with tops, skirts, pants and shorts with sophisticated floral designs, stripes, and perhaps, some repetitive shapes. Since vintage wear has become quite popular lately, clothes with bows and ruffles may become “in fashion” as well.

Although you are encouraged to experiment with different spring time styles, don’t forget to invest in some light rain coats or jackets as well. Springtime in Paris does not mean everything will be sunny and bright; some days will be rainy, cold, and gloomy and a colorful jacket or coat might come in handy.

Remember, being fashion forward does not mean having the latest designs in your closet, it means knowing what suits an occasion without spending so much on your wardrobe. Let your creativity run wild this spring!

Paris in the Springtime: Scenic Drives in Paris

With Spring right around the corner, the buzz for scenic drives and gardens in Paris have once again become popular. Within the city proper, gardens such as Tuileries, Champs-Elysees, Jardin du Luxembourg and parks like Buttes-Chaumont are often swarmed by tourists but if you want to keep away from the busy crowd, take the road less traveled and head down to these scenic drives and locations in the outskirts of Paris, instead. There are castles, fortresses, and palaces with lush gardens and stunning views you probably have not visited yet, so take the chance to see these tourist spots in person, this Spring.

Our journey begins in the northern outskirts of Paris, specifically in the town of Senlis and the chateau of Chantilly.

Château de Chantilly is a magnificent structure built during the late 1500’s to serve as one of the homes of the Montmercy family. It has undergone so many damages over the years but none of which were too serious to destroy the magical facade of the building. Today, the Chateau serves as a museum and a recreation center.

Places to visit: the chateau itself, its side gardens and the man-made fountain a few steps away from the chateau.

Not too far off from Chantilly is Senlis, a historic town that has become the subject for many films and TV shows. It is considered a jewel in this region of France because it is where you can find 16th century streets, courtyards, homes and structures. The town has technically maintained its 16th century look, making it one of the best towns to visit if you want to see France in the medieval era.

Places to visit: The entire estate of the Royal Abbey of Chaalis is a stunning location that includes gardens, fountains, and parks

The most beautiful towns of France are not only found in the northern region since the central area of the country boasts its own picturesque landmarks, as well. If you’re not too tired to go for a long drive, make sure your next destination would be the town of Moret-sur-Loing. Located south of Paris, this old commune has served as the inspiration for many of Monet’s and Renoir’s paintings. Even without an easel and a brush, it’s so easy to tell that Moret-sur-Loing is a masterpiece in itself.

Places to visit: Though privately owned, you should definitely try to drive by Château de Moret, a stunning home built in the 12th century.

Although Monet has used Moret-sur-Loing as the inspiration for most of his paintings, Monet never lived there and preferred to call Giverny his home, instead. Giverny is small commune west of Paris and it is where you can find three of the most intriguing gardens yet: gardens about hell, purgatory, and heaven. These gardens are found in Musée des Impressionnismes Giverny and may be visited from Mondays through Fridays.