What better place to bring classic Parisian spring style to Boston
than on beautiful and historic Beacon Hill?
It’s almost spring in Boston, and this past week has certainly felt like it. Warm temperatures allowed for the removing of layers, dressing with a light jacket, and liberation from heavy winter footwear. One afternoon this week, I decided to head out and about in town in a classic, Parisian-inspired outfit that included many of what I consider the necessary Parisian style staples, all available for purchase here in the US.
I remember back when I first moved to Paris, I realized within a short time that it was imperative that I purchase a classic trench coat or two as well as several sophisticated, and comfortable, flats for walking all over the city. I stay true to that style here in Boston!
I tend to stock up on classic closet staples and then take very good care of them, so some of my go-to wardrobe choices are not currently on the market, but in those cases, I have provided links to very similar looks!
A timeless outfit is appropriate for strolling through a timeless neighborhood. I have always loved the red brick buildings and classic architecture of Beacon Hill. As you walk the streets there, history surrounds you. It reminds me of how Paris makes me feel, as though I have been transported through time and am walking in the footsteps of great artistic, literary, and political minds who have come before and whom I admire so much.
To think of the famous writers and other notable figures who lived on Beacon Hill and walked these very streets! A few famous authors come to mind, such as Nathaniel Hawthorne, Louisa May Alcott, Henry David Thoreau, Robert Frost, and Sylvia Plath. You can find a great article from Boston Magazine on these Beacon Hill authors here.
It was so warm on this afternoon, even though the sun was beginning to set, that I threw off my trench coat and strolled around freely with bare arms in this breezy Elizabeth & James top. I actually found this adorable shirt on a clearance sale from Rent the Runway.
I love renting from Rent the Runway if I ever have a major event to attend, because it provides variety to my wardrobe at a fraction of the cost of buying the item. Also, I just simply do not have any more room in my closet, so RTR helps me out in that way too. While they are a fashion renting service, they occasionally sell off merchandise to make room for their new inventory, which is how I found this top at a steal! You can find a similar (and inexpensive!) style of this Elizabeth & James top from TJ Maxx here.
Strolling down Charles Street on Beacon Hill feels quaint, like you are in a small downtown, despite being in the heart of Boston. I love that about this area!
I’ve been known to splurge on high-end items that I consider real investments, but I’m also very economical and was brought up to search for good deals. I absolutely love this adorable Anne Klein bag, which classic and sophisticated yet only costs $39.20 from Lord & Taylor. Can you believe that?
The bag is big enough to hold everything I need throughout the day and yet isn’t too big to transition to early evening drinks, which is where I was headed in the photos below! It also has this wonderful lion motif detail, and I’ve always had a thing for lion motifs (perhaps it’s something about having the strength of a lion within – rar!).
The Parisians typically match or at least coordinate colors well. It seems cliché to do so, but it’s cliché for a reason. I love to sport the red lipstick and red nails combination. I added my cute red Unisa loafers (another fashion steal from Marshalls from years ago) for good measure. You can find a similar classic red loafer from Jack Rogers here.
I’m smiling because it’s so warm and sunny out in February in Boston!
Who else is excited for spring? How do you channel French spring style where you live? Do you also love historical Beacon Hill in Boston? Answer in the comments below! We’d love to hear from you!
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