Wednesday, April 24, 2024

What Bag to Wear in Paris

3 Hollywood starlets with Fr purses American celebrities like to carry whatever Parisian IT $$$$$ bag is IN.
Young Parisian crossing a bridge
According to Vogue, ‘There’s a certain cool girl look’ Parisians have down pat. From perfect Breton stripe shirt to classic cigarette pants, Fr girls claim some of the chicest staples in a working wardrobe. 

Young woman carrying 3 shopping bags
Hmm…Fr girls haven't heard about it. Most sling a cotton tote bag over their shoulders bearing a logo or message. This Frenchie has 1-2-3 bags.
Rose-colored cloth shopping bag
On the other hand a Vanessa Bruno bag is ‘evergreen’. They never go out of style.
Open leather bag on the floor in the Metro
So is Longchamp classic weekend bag. I’ve gone through 4 of the smaller ‘pliage version. Not built to last…
Yellow handbag with paint splashes
From a distance I thought this bag had a MAP 🗺️ OF PARIS on it. Just Jackson Pollock paint splashes up close by Zadig & Voltaire. Big disappointment.
Graphic shopping bags with letters
Le Bon Marche had graphic message tote bags. I saw a Fr girl with a bag that said, 
"I Forgot Whatever You Wanted" 😂
A New York Rizzoli book bag on the Metro - trés chic.
Back of woman with travel bag and small shopping bag
Sephora's black & white little striped paper shopping bag always looks chic.
Fr young women waiting inside the Metro
Black & white striped anything looks chic in Paris.

Sign for store shopping bags
Every shop has a signature shopping bag for free or maybe 5€
Line drawings of 5 French girls in casual dress
You can't go wrong with a cross-body bag.
Fr woman in Paris at gallery
 In bright orange 🍊 + matching beret.
Paris Mom and little girl waiting to cross the street
Louis Vuitton mini duffle bag works if you want to go upscale.

A matching boho couple not wearing IT bags. Hers, a simple plain black rectangular tote bag.
A supermarché plastic sac/bag = PAS BON 😑 
No IT bag but 3 kiddies in tow.
The 'Doggie Bag' in Paris can mean something else 🐶 
French dogs Don't Throw Food & know how to behave on the Metro 🚇 
Yorkies 🐶 are the preferred breed. So much for spending €€€€ on your 👜 in Paris. 

If you'd like Paris breakfast letters & map
s in your mailbox 📮 please stop in my 
          ☕️ Or you could buy me a KO-FI ☕️

A Fr mom with cross-body bag + 2 baguettes 🥖 Always a classique 👍


  1. Anonymous6:12 AM

    Thus is a post for me, Carol cuz I love bags. I have 3 LV, 6 different Longchamps and several cloth bags for shopping purposes. Plus many others. Thanks.

    1. Anonymous11:54 AM

      I guess you have a special walk-in bag 👜 closet 👏

  2. Anonymous6:14 AM

    By the way, plastic bags are NO NO in Paris.

    1. Anonymous11:47 AM

      Plastic supermarket bags were Outlawed a couple of years ago, but in the marché…Hmm

  3. Anonymous6:49 AM

    Love your photos, Carol. They put a big smile on my face. I'm a bag saver!!

    1. Anonymous11:53 AM

      Thank you ❤️ And I Love getting rid of bags 👜

  4. Love collecting logo cloth shopping bags. As a matter of fact ,love collecting bags.

  5. Bonnie L8:07 AM

    Totes or shopping sacs are legitimate ‘billboards’ for logos, fun sayings, splashes of color. Handbags, purses, cross-bodies could be an entire post on their own! I prefer a cross-body when traveling to keep my important things close.

    Love the doggie bags! 😊

    1. Anonymous11:49 AM

      Cross-body bags are very hard to find here 🙄 in my experience

    2. Anonymous4:33 PM

      Hmm…my Chloe and Chanels are cross-body…and they’re French. Go figure.

    3. Anonymous3:24 AM

      CHANEL & CHLOÉ would definitely have it…but not for my pocketbook €€€€

  6. Dorrance8:09 AM

    Love your photos of people-on-the-street. ❤️

    1. Anonymous3:22 AM

      Solli calls them, ‘A Carol picture’ 📸

  7. That last little family:) Wheat hair:) I love people shots too:)

    1. Anonymous11:50 AM

      That was at square de la Place Dauphine Monday morning. One of those ‘Decisive Moments’ shots. Just lucky 🍀

  8. Anonymous9:23 AM

    The Paris fashion scene is still a disappointing sea of navy blue and black. Hopefully the warmer weather will bring out some creative color!

    1. Anonymous3:25 AM

      I did show The Real Emily in Paris’ PINK coat…and saw lots of other bright winter coats. Do you live here?

  9. Stacia9:24 AM

    Another great glimpse into Parisian culture. I love seeing Paris “doggie culture”. Whenever I have visitors Paris, I couldn’t help but photograph the lucky Parisian dogs who get to effortlessly travel around the city with their owners. I do appreciate the French ability to pull off a low-key and simple style (like with cloth bags) as opposed to the sometimes gauche American logo obsession.

    1. Anonymous11:52 AM

      I so agree with you Stacia 👍

  10. Anonymous12:09 PM

    The French truly embody that Je ne sais quoi when it comes to effortless style. Maybe tourists shouldn't be so anxious about what to wear to blend in and just wear what's comfortable and throw on a cloth bag, haha!

    1. Anonymous2:47 PM

      Boy do I agree on that! Tourists try too hard to ‘look’ Parisian and miss the boat 🚤 completely, usually overdoing brands and overdressing.

  11. Anonymous1:00 PM

    You really know how to bring to us the sights and sounds of Paris not found anywhere else. It's about your quirky, artistic eye in my opinion. You don't go into "over serious" mode. Just one cool artist who has become our friend and go-to cultural guru. Merci.

    1. Anonymous2:36 PM

      Thank you!
      I don’t think there’s a serious bone in my body 🥳

  12. What a fun post! 2 bags I bought last time was a pink one from Homer by Janet sandwich shop and a canvas LV from the LV museum. At under 100 euros the only affordable LV!

    1. Anonymous2:34 PM

      I’m Big on Janet’s cole slaw 👍 I noticed their pink bags recently
      An LV bag under a C note? Maybe it was a typo?? You’re lucky 🍀 day Cindy 😄

  13. bahamamama_3@hotmail.com11:10 AM

    love the black and white stripes and the multiple tote bags....i've never been a "designer" bag kinda girl seeing what parisians are wearing....the usual....jeans and black something or other ....<3

    1. Anonymous4:55 AM

      Me too. Anyone with dough can wear a LEUK…it takes ingenuity to look interesting


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