Exploring Paris: Tweed jacket, striped tee + jeweled sandals

Jewel sandals paris casual outfit

Bonjour from Paris! We’re visiting for a few projects and are trying to soak up all the yummy baguettes, cheese, and pretty sights in between – follow along on Instagram for our daily snapshots! Today’s post is my outfit from our first day here. I had traveled in these same pants and sandals on our red-eye flight (pairing below), and just freshened up the upper half for a day around the city. Swap the sandals for closed-toe flats or heels, and this is easily a work-appropriate pairing as well.

travel casual outfit
I also wanted to mention that my Sole Society Cassidy weekender bag (3 colors, bigger size “Lacie” sold here with metal feet) has finally been restocked! My default travel set shown above is the Bric’s carry-on and this weekender bag (love the neutral scheme with the two together), if Nick hasn’t claimed it first. The faux-leather has a decent weight to it so I usually transport it resting on top of my roller suitcase instead of on my shoulder.
ann taylor chanel style jacket petites

I picked out these Sole Society sandals after seeing them on a fellow blogger, who mentioned they fit true to size and were comfy right off the bat (thanks, Fran!). They indeed required no breaking in for me, and have a fair amount of cushioning on the soles. The stones helped spruce up my most basic of airport outfits, without adding much weight to the shoe. Sizing felt true to size if not a little small, typical of Sole Society. I’m usually between a 5 and 5.5 in US shoes – got a 5 in these and probably could’ve gone up half, as the back of my foot is almost past the edge of the sandal. For T-straps like these, I think fit also depends on your toe length. Since I have shorter toes, you can see in the second photo there’s still space in the front, which could be taken up by someone with the same shoe size but longer toes.
jardin du luxembourgI walked in these shoes for around 3 miles the first day and am happy to report no comfort issues. Our first journey brought us to the beautiful Jardin Du Luxembourg, which was abuzz with visitors sun-tanning and enjoying picnics. We had hoped to have tapas at the nearby, popular L’Avant Comptoir but the line was wrapped around the corner. Will have to go back earlier another time!
Little Breizh paris france crepesAfter walking a bit more we came across Little Breizh, which filled our bellies with savory and sweet crepes the size of our heads. I’m in awe at how the French can enjoy copious amounts of cheese, bread and sweets while staying so fit!
Jewel sandals paris casual outfit1
From there it was an easy stroll along the Seine river. We stopped by the bridge full of love locks, not having had any idea that those locks (700,000 of them, estimated weighing ~ 45 tons) were being removed this weekend due to the weight and public safety concerns! We felt fortunate to have gotten a last glimpse.

Thank you to Sole Society for sponsoring this post! Can’t wait to share more from our trip, including our charming apartment rental that I know a few of you expressed interested in.

When you purchase through the links on this blog, I may earn a commission. Thank you for your support!

When you purchase through the links on this blog, I may earn a commission. Thank you for your support!

For Daily Posts

Leave a Comment


  1. I am a new mom looking for some comfortable dressing options. Your jeweled scandals and the pants look pretty convincing. As you said they are comfortable even after a walk of three miles, then I should try them. You have not mentioned anything about that pearl necklace. It is so pretty and glamorous. Would you share more about it?

    Citrine Jenifer

    Posted 6.8.15 Reply
  2. Jean wrote:

    I prefer not to talk much about my career details in order to have some privacy (hope you can understand!) but in case it helps a fellow blogger, yes my employers are aware that I blog and I think it's good to be transparent about that. Several of my trips so far have been work-related, but we also get a fair amount of vacation weeks!

    Posted 6.8.15 Reply
  3. Jean wrote:

    Hi Judy – altering knits and sweaters is very, very tricky. I actually have never done so (properly, anyways) as most tailors would not do it and those who do will charge quite a bit due to the nature of working with knits. And I definitely don't recommend DIY unless you're an experienced knitter. I think you are best off looking for a sweater that already comes at the right length, as difficult as that might be! Have you checked out Modcloth's "dream of the crop" cardigans? I have one and love it.

    Posted 6.8.15 Reply
  4. Jean wrote:

    thanks for the heads up! Great deal for a piece that is really pleasantly great quality.

    Posted 6.8.15 Reply
  5. Jean wrote:

    We must've hit a chilly spell, and I wish I had brought a more substantial jacket! It was in the 50-60s.

    Posted 6.8.15 Reply
  6. Jean wrote:

    Hi Patty, I've posted about these many times before, just search "Banana Republic sloan" in my search box on the sidebar! I take size 00 petite and then shrink them by machine washing and drying. Be careful drying because they shrink significantly if you leave them in there. I just do about 10-15 minutes.

    Posted 6.8.15 Reply
  7. Jean wrote:

    Eep, wish I knew all these before leaving! Well, the more reason to go back soon!

    Posted 6.8.15 Reply
  8. Jean wrote:

    I shrunk these in the dryer for the perfect fit. I would suggest being very careful if you choose to do so as well, because one pair shrunk too much on me and are now too snug!

    Posted 6.8.15 Reply
  9. Jean wrote:

    Hi Kim, I absolutely LOVE it. They've really stepped up their game with the recent collection.

    Posted 6.8.15 Reply
  10. Jean wrote:

    Black + beige cap toe : )

    Posted 6.8.15 Reply
  11. Anonymous wrote:

    Hi Jean,

    You look so pretty and elegant as always!

    I am not sure if this is the right space to ask this question so please don't mind if I do.

    I'd like to shorten a tightly knitted cardigan (very fine threads) to the waist's length. Can it be done by DIY? Or take it to a seamstress? It's hard to find a cropped cardigan for my body type so I 'd really like to take a chance..

    but can it be done? Have you covered this topic before?

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.


    Posted 6.7.15 Reply
  12. Perfect look for Paris! I'm also in love with the pink YSL bag.

    Posted 6.7.15 Reply
  13. Anonymous wrote:

    I see that you are taking all these trips and that's great. Please share how you are balancing your blog life and your full time job life? Are they aware of you blogging and allow you to take off from work for so many weeks? Thank you!

    Posted 6.6.15 Reply
  14. I miss Paris so much! That jacket looks amazing on you.
    Julia // Little Miss Haute Couture

    Posted 6.5.15 Reply
  15. Anu-J wrote:

    That tweed jacket is darling and I LOVE your engagement ring <3 <3


    Posted 6.5.15 Reply
  16. Anonymous wrote:

    PSA: This jacket (plus almost all full-price styles) is currently on sale for 30% off on the Ann Taylor site today.

    Posted 6.5.15 Reply
  17. Anonymous wrote:

    We were in Paris at this exact time last year! How's the weather? When we went it was sweltering (80s) so I'm stunned to see you wearing a jacket. And this is coming from a Floridian! But really, tres chic mon cherie 🙂

    Posted 6.4.15 Reply
  18. mywhiteT wrote:

    Great post, love that look on you!!
    Amazing photos love!
    Love the jacket!

    XOXO, Jessi

    Posted 6.4.15 Reply
  19. Anonymous wrote:

    Would really like to read about the fit of the BR pants. Thanks!


    Posted 6.4.15 Reply
  20. coffeeslag wrote:

    Your jacket is so cute!! Perfect for Paris because at first glance I thought it was a Chanel!


    Mango Favorites

    Posted 6.4.15 Reply
  21. I love your luggage! Such a cute look!


    Posted 6.4.15 Reply
  22. Anna wrote:

    love your outfit!! and love Paris <3


    Posted 6.4.15 Reply
  23. Love those sandals. I have long toes so would def need size bigger. Thanks for explaining with such great detail 🙂

    Posted 6.4.15 Reply
  24. Trang Do wrote:

    Love your Jacket and Sandals!
    Love from http://www.trangscorner.com {a lifestyle, fashion, beauty, and food blog}

    Posted 6.4.15 Reply
  25. Petite-ish wrote:

    And I would be remiss if I didn't recommend Patrick Roger chocolates. One of the best things we did I think was to go on a "chocolate walk" inspired by this 2008 nytimes article (http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/14/travel/14journeys.html?_r=0) and then take our prizes to be savored in the Jardin du luxembourg

    Posted 6.4.15 Reply
  26. Petite-ish wrote:

    You look gorgeous, Jean! I'm so excited for you, Paris is such a beautiful and incredible city. If you have time and are looking for recs for places to eat, our favorite meal was at Cobea in Montparnasse. I would recommend Tour d'argent maybe for the experience (it's the restaurant that supposedly inspired Ratatouille and boasts the most amazing view of the Seine and Notre Dame) but not for the value, nope.

    Posted 6.3.15 Reply
  27. Cute look! Love the jacket 🙂

    IG: pslilyboutique

    Posted 6.3.15 Reply
  28. Beautiful outfit! I love the jacket! Perfect for Paris 🙂


    Posted 6.3.15 Reply
  29. I'm surprised BR pants fit you. Usually the hips are too big for me.

    Posted 6.3.15 Reply
  30. I'm surprised BR pants fit you. Usually the hips are too big for me.

    Posted 6.3.15 Reply
  31. I am loving those jeweled sandals! It looks like such a fun visit!


    Posted 6.3.15 Reply
  32. You fit in very well with the Parisians!

    Liz @ ShoppingMyCloset.com

    Posted 6.3.15 Reply
  33. Kate Cope wrote:

    I love this look for wearing in Paris- it's so classic!
    This Side of Paradise

    Posted 6.3.15 Reply
  34. Love the sandals and the lovely food! Parisians don't snack between meals that's how they stay in shape. I lived in Paris for years and I don't believe I ever saw true Parisian eat a packet of crisps or a bar of chocolate on the run. Or even drink Starbucks on the go. They all sit down and have proper e course meals, with wine…

    Posted 6.3.15 Reply
  35. The way you described the fit of those sandals is so incredibly helpful. I wish more people would give specifics like you have, vs "I love these sandals!" for a review. 🙂 I have shorter toes too, and that causes some sandals to look funny on me if I have to size up. Love your look in this post, and those sandals really are beautiful!

    Posted 6.3.15 Reply
  36. The perfect Parisian look!


    Posted 6.3.15 Reply
  37. Beautiful photos! Those sandals and jacket are too cute <3

    Easy, Frugal Style

    Posted 6.3.15 Reply
  38. Sasa Zoe wrote:

    Cute jacket<3

    Shall We Sasa

    Posted 6.3.15 Reply
  39. Paola wrote:

    I love your jacket, I think that would be perfect with a pair of Chanel flats! I have a similar jacket for winter

    Posted 6.3.15 Reply
  40. Rony wrote:
    Posted 6.3.15 Reply
  41. Loving the jacket and those sandals.

    Posted 6.3.15 Reply
  42. Valerie wrote:

    What a coincidence you're in Paris as I was browsing for vintage shops in Paris for my visit in July. Can't wait to see more updates from your trip 🙂

    Posted 6.3.15 Reply
  43. Kim wrote:

    Jean, how do you like that AT jacket?

    Posted 6.3.15 Reply
  44. I'm loving the jeweled sandals! They're so pretty and such a statement!

    xx, Diane || http://www.modernisticphoenix.blogspot.com

    Posted 6.2.15 Reply
  45. Diana wrote:

    Super chic outfit, I love your sandals!

    || D I A N A ||

    Posted 6.2.15 Reply
  46. Colleen wrote:

    I have the same issue with t-strap sandals! It makes me not like them because I totally trip over the front of the sandals!


    Posted 6.2.15 Reply
  47. Anonymous wrote:

    i'm dying to know which chanel flats you got!! what'd ya get?!

    Posted 6.2.15 Reply
  48. Lovely photos.



    Posted 6.2.15 Reply
  49. LeShawna wrote:

    Looks amazing. I'll be in Paris in August. So excited!

    Posted 6.2.15 Reply
  50. Suzie Q wrote:

    The jeweled sandals are too cute! I love your first day outfit, especially the jacket! Beautiful shots from your first day in Paris, I enjoyed your narrative recap of it. Can't wait to see more!

    xo, Suzie Q

    Posted 6.2.15 Reply

Get the newsletter!

What updates would you like?