Paris Travel Outfit #1 - une femme d'un certain âge

Paris Travel Outfit #1

Winter travel outfit: Susan B. wears a navy puffer jacket, forest green top and scarf, grey jeans and black knee boots. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

What I Wore In Paris, Day 2

I spent the early part of the day doing a bit of retail and style reconnaissance. Temperatures stayed in the 30’s, but I was plenty warm in this outfit (mostly with the coat zipped). In fact, I started out the morning with both hat and gloves, but didn’t need them for most of the day. (Though even just a few minutes in a knit cap is enough to flatten my hair!)

Yes, that scarf is new. It’s from Italian brand Faliero Sarti, and I spotted it on a shelf at Le Bon Marché. Yes, it’s another tartan scarf, but I love tartan, and have been seeing lots of it here! That color was too perfect to pass up. The fabric is thick but very lightweight (wool blend) and toasty warm.

Scarf (similar) | Sweater | Jacket (similar) | Jeans |
Gloves (similar) | Bag | Boots (similar)

Josephine of Chic At Any Age arrived mid-afternoon, and we decided to do a quick outfit shoot before we lost the light. We headed to a favorite little street nearby which is usually deserted, but kept having to stop and wait for cars or other passers-by. Once we got our shots, it was getting cold so we dashed off for some tea to warm up.

Winter travel outfit with green and navy. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

I didn’t need my thermal long underwear the first two days, but it’s colder today so I’ve added them.

Winter travel outfit: Susan B. wears a navy puffer jacket, forest green top and scarf, grey jeans and black knee boots. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

Many of you have asked for a Paris style report. I’m working on it! I’ve been on the move too much these first two days to snap a lot of photos, but I’ve been taking notes and will have the first installment up in a day or two. (Teaser: lots of puffer coats!) And I’ll have more Paris travel outfit posts too.

Just a heads up, EILEEN FISHER is having a big Holiday Sale!

And if you’re in LA, you can visit the French Kande Holiday Shopfest at their studio today, 11am-5pm, 312 E. Imperial Avenue, El Segundo!

Photos by Josephine

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  1. December 14, 2018 / 3:51 am

    You look like a local. The boots with jeans tucked in are the touch that really makes it work.

  2. Cindi RIce
    December 14, 2018 / 4:24 am

    Susan-you look great!! So happy the weather held. Have a great trip, and thanks
    for the great photos–Le Bon Marche looked magical!

  3. Teresa A Dows
    December 14, 2018 / 4:24 am

    Love the scarf and your hair looks great! Love the longer style. Have a fabulous time!

  4. December 14, 2018 / 4:44 am

    I emphathize about wearing a hat! I hate wearing a hat here in summer in hot Florida but I need to wear it under the blazing sun! It always ruins my hair! Have a great trip!

  5. Kelly
    December 14, 2018 / 5:06 am

    Here’s a tip to keep your hair from getting smashed by a summer hat, baseball cap, or a beret (nothing really helps with a tight knit cap)…Take all of your bangs, whether long or short, and pull them straight back off your forehead before putting the hat or beret on. This keeps the band of the hat from smashing your hair down. When you take off your hat just flip your hair back in place and you still have oomph.

  6. Linda
    December 14, 2018 / 5:15 am

    Susan, those colors really favor you. Lovely.

  7. Mary Katherine
    December 14, 2018 / 5:29 am

    Great outfit and you look happy. Once again, our styles are in perfect sync. Go conquer Paris for us!

    December 14, 2018 / 5:43 am

    Beautiful outfit, I love it! I live in Galicia (Spain’s north west) and could definitely wear something like this.

  9. December 14, 2018 / 5:57 am

    Susan — Do you have suggestions for women like us who have short hair, want to keep our heads warm But don’t want to wear a hat to flatten our hair? I have been looking for mink earmuffs or for of some kind. Have you seen anything like that ?

    Also did you see my blog on puffer coats in Paris? They display them in the stores and in the fashion shows off the shoulders!

    • December 14, 2018 / 9:22 am

      Diana, there’s an Etsy shop named Furz11 (just put their name in the Etsy search bar, and choose ‘Shops that contain xxx’) that has a nice variety of fur ear muffs – including mink. Velvet or leather headbands, you choose. They are priced well and look quite nice!

    • December 15, 2018 / 7:50 am

      Diana, I don’t have short hair, but I have very curly hair and it can look really ratty after wearing a woolly hat, but I find bérets (large, not small military ones or fakey-“Paris souvenir” ones) crush my hair far less than a tuque or other close-fitting woolly hat. No headband or earmuffs would be enough to keep heads warm here in Montréal!

      The only women I’ve seen wearing winter coats that way here were … sad-looking streetwalkers (I am not referring to denizens of posh hotels). Just made me want to cry.

      I knew your name was familiar… Canadian journalist.

      There are very beautiful cashmere bérets at La Canadienne.

  10. Eileen
    December 14, 2018 / 7:29 am

    The teal colors really suit you, you look about 25! the scarf is wonderful, just the right size, and your longer hair is so flattering! Have a wonderful time, thanks for sharing with us

  11. Cheryl
    December 14, 2018 / 8:09 am

    You look terrific! Love the color combination…your scarf ties it all together.

  12. Lyn
    December 14, 2018 / 8:10 am

    You have probably discovered that your longer hair helps keep your ears warmer, so you can avoid a hat as long as possible.

    Love the pattern on the scarf, but that is way too much fabric around the neck for me. However, it seems to be the French style, so you fit right in. The last time I was there, I swear une femme had used the carpet off her floor to bundle up. Chacun à son goût!

  13. Cindylou
    December 14, 2018 / 8:35 am

    Susan you look fab! Love the scarf, boots and purse. Thanks for the reminder about the Kande event-I can’t go ‘cause I have to shop for my tamale party tomorrow. Please keep us posted for the next one.

  14. Sally
    December 14, 2018 / 8:45 am

    You look fantastic. I love the dark green and navy and gray together. These are colors that I would feel comfortable in! Looking forward to more photos!

  15. Daniella
    December 14, 2018 / 10:58 am

    Looking good in colors other than black!! Shop till you drop!!!!

  16. Daniella
    December 14, 2018 / 11:00 am

    Shop till you drop!!!! Looking great!!

  17. Elaine Beale
    December 14, 2018 / 2:38 pm

    I love that green seater and scarf.

  18. December 14, 2018 / 4:31 pm

    What a great look! Love the scarf!! I’m a big fan of tartan plaids. Enjoying your updates.

  19. Vancouver Barbara
    December 15, 2018 / 8:40 am

    You look great. Perfect for the weather and location. The colours are wonderful on you.

  20. December 15, 2018 / 9:07 am

    Oh you look so French and perfect!!!! You also look toasty. Just right for such a cold day. Ill be enjoying your trip. In fact I’m doing research on your site for new travel luggage. Mine broke. You’re just looking lovely.

  21. Holly
    December 15, 2018 / 9:01 pm

    Love your posts, Susan! And Aquatalia fans….the Aquatalia website is having some great sales. If you sign up for their daily emails, this time of year
    they often offer up 1 or 2 styles for 70% off. The bad news is the 70% off styles are non-returnable.

  22. P T
    December 16, 2018 / 1:06 am

    I’ve been in Europe for two weeks now and it’s keeps getting colder. Snowing in Amsterdam now! Puffer coats/jackets are everywhere here. Men and women.

    I find gloves, hat, scarf wrapped around neck, coat zipped and hood up is the way to go! Brrr

  23. Jill Ann
    December 17, 2018 / 5:04 pm

    Love the tartan and the green color. Knee boots are great too!

  24. marilyn bornstein
    December 18, 2018 / 9:11 am

    Nice winter outfit. However, I would add one pop of color. Perhaps a scarf with brighter connecting colors.

    • Susan B
      December 18, 2018 / 9:11 am

      I’m still on the lookout for one! 😉

  25. Pam
    December 19, 2018 / 2:31 pm

    You look great in those cool toned colors.

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