5 Basics My French Friends Never Forget to Pack for Their Holidays


Londoner-turned-Parisienne Marissa Cox of Rue Rodier brings us her pearls of Parisian fashion wisdom and style tips straight from the French capital. A photographer, writer and influencer, we turn to the oh-so-chic Marissa on a regular basis for a truly unique take on her adopted country’s signature style. Whether we’re looking to her décor decisions, handbag purchases or chic hotel choices, we can all agree that being un petit peu plus Français could never be a bad thing…

The French take vacationing seriously, so it makes sense they spend as little time as possible choosing what to wear whilst wiling away days by the pool. But that kind of preparation takes skill, and much like a Parisian’s capsule wardrobe, holiday packing errs on the side of simple and streamlined. Parisian women tend to forgo makeup in favour of a few basics such as sunscreen (of course), lipstick and perhaps a little mascara—and the same goes for their clothing choices.

They opt for minimum fuss so they can maximise time spent recharging batteries. Holiday packing can always seem a bit daunting, especially when you’re going away for a week with only a carry-on. So by harnessing tips I’ve picked up from my Parisian pals, I’ve selected a few key items that will save you from stress. Once in the sun, you can sit back, relax and make the most of les vacances.


Style Notes: One of the most versatile dress styles you can wear in summer is the wrap dress—just go up a size or two if you’re larger on the bust. They’re easy, breezy and will keep you cool in higher temperatures. This silhouette also works brilliantly as a beach cover-up. Look to cult brands such as Reformation, Réalisation, Faithfull the Brand, Ganni and Nanushka.

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5 Basics My French Friends Never Forget to Pack for Their Holidays

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