- organize clothes in clear ziplocks - 1 to 2 gallon bags - as it's easy to unpack and not so personal when the inspectors go through it
- denim OK (this formally said "no" but I misread her email...i think it means stylish denim, not walk-the-dog-jeans)
- no tennis shoes if we can help it (this one i was prepared for...tennis shoes are for jogging in)
- dressing for the airplane (no sweats and grubby). this means black knit pants, black knit top, long black silk sweater, black slip mules, black pashmina (well, I have that one thank goodness), and light socks to walk through security
- very comfortable and simple black or brown shoes, possibly from zappos.com, where you can buy many pairs at once and send them back (groan...! but I know that many do this)
- cropped pants, no wild patterns (no problem)
- only a few accessories, as they weigh one down (this will be tough), so scarves are good and light
- lightweight windbreaker with a hood. we're going to Normandy for a day trip. i don't have one of those, since i'm not a big pategonia fan. i mean, i like it, but it feels too sporty for me most of the time. hmm.
- i don't normally pack cosmetics in my carry-on, but she does, and i think most women do, and i think that as a 30 year old, i should start. it's...womanly.
I hope Mlle Smith will chime in and help! If I were to buy a pair of creative walking shoes before Paris, where should I look? I tried 4 pairs today, including a Palladium, and none were in my size.