This week, I packed up my vintage, leather suitcase from the brocante and headed out on a road trip. France has so much to see and do, and while this summer was all about the coast, I thought the fall should be all about castles.
The Loire Valley is just a three hour drive from Paris. It’s the former region where all kings of France and nobility built their castles and lived their best lives out in the countryside. This time of year it’s full of changing leaves, and ripe grapes, and crisp apples. I knew I’d be outside and walking a lot – but this is France and chicness is always required. So I put together a few outfits to take with me that perfectly fit the bill of staying comfortable, classy, and cute – should I happen to encounter a handsome prince at one of the castle. You always have to be ready for that!
Castles and stables go hand-in-hand, so I was going for an elevated, equestrian look here that I made more “me” with a hot pink, tweed blazer. (There are also matching shorts to this to make it a suit!)
These black boots I got right before the trip and they are my #1 fall essential because they are so comfortable to walk around in depsite the 3″ (80mm) heal but also so elegant. They also come in chesnut brown seude. They are also 50% off right now, with an extra 25% off of that until October 11. (Yes, you heard me right!)
I paired with my favorite stretch denim jeans and my go-to thin, cashmere turtleneck underwear to keep warm. If cashmere is a little out of budget – I also recommend this $89 chic black turtleneck I’ve had for years!
A tried-and-true fashion rule: black cat-eye sunglasses compliment everything and anything, and can be worn every season!
I wore my go-to boots on a day of exploring castle grounds, because I promise I can walk miles in them! But I wore them with an outfit that had all the colors of fall, so I’d blend in with nature. This silky, midi-skirt with a soft pattern can be worn so many ways. To stay cozy, I wore it with a beige cable-knit sweater that I belted to make it less frumpy, and more girly. I stayed extra warm with black, heat-tech tights (which are designed to keep you warm!) and a thick, golden-colored wool scarf around my neck. I took my camel-colored wrap coat too, but it was so sunny, I didn’t need it.
A great, lightweight wrap-dress is a fall essential. Wrap dresses fit no matter how many croissants you have eaten, so they are my favorite! And when they are lightweight, you can layer with sweaters to keep warm if you need to, or wear them as-in if you want to look more feminine. The one pictured is a few years old from Zara, but I just ordered this black crepe wrap dress from Asos and it’s under $70! I wore my tights and boots again. (I told you I lived in them!)
Don’t Forget Your PJS!
Obviously, I’d never leave home with my perfect, golden, world’s most comfortable robe! I live in this thing. The fabric is perfect, the length is perfect, everything is perfect. I’ve washed it a hundred times and it still looks new. I also brought two types of PJs, because you never know how warm or cold your room is going to be in a castle. I love classy, silk pjs – especially when they soft pink. But I also love a cute, girly pattern – especially when it features bottles of champagne and croissants!
Pink Tweed Blazer
Thin Cashmere Turtleneck
Stretch Denim Jeans
Silky Midi Skirt
Cozy Beige Sweater
Camel Wrap Coat
Black Knee-High Boots
Gold Wool Scarf
Black Cat-Eye Glasses
World’s Best Robe
Pink Silk Pajama Set
Shorts Champange PJ Set