Classic Parisian Spring Style on Beacon Hill

Classic French style on Beacon Hill

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!

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Classic spring trench outfit on Beacon Hill


Trench Coat: Banana Republic  Jeans: ASOS  Top: Elizabeth and James (similar top here)

Shoes: Unisa (similar here)  Bag: Anne Klein  Sunglasses: Ray Ban

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.

Classic French spring style on Beacon Hill

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!

Walking on Beacon Hill

Lindsay Shores walking on Beacon Hill

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 is classic and sophisticated yet only cost me $39.20 on sale 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!).

Parisian fashion on Beacon Hill

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.

Parisian spring style on Beacon Hill

Having fun with classic Parisian Spring Fashion on Beacon Hill

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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À bientôt,



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  • Reply
    Valerie Hansen
    February 27, 2017 at 6:32 pm

    Super cute outfit ! I haven’t tried rent the runway yet..I need to! I would also love to visit Boston, it looks so fun!


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      Lindsay Shores
      February 27, 2017 at 9:18 pm

      Thanks Valerie! Rent the Runway is so great, especially for special events. You can rent accessories too. You can get $25 your first order by clicking here! And yes you must visit Boston! It’s a great town! xo

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    Laura Rike
    February 27, 2017 at 8:01 pm

    You definitely have a a very classy style! Love the bag! xx

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      Lindsay Shores
      February 27, 2017 at 9:25 pm

      Thank you, Laura! So nice of you! I love the AK bag, and it’s on a huge sale right now (from $98 down to $39.20!); you can find it here! xo

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    Denay DeGuzman
    February 27, 2017 at 10:56 pm

    I remember from my trips to Paris that Parisians really know how to rock the colors black and white! Your Parisian outfit looks extremely stylish and comfortable. I love those red shoes; they add the perfect punch of color. So fun! 🙂

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      Lindsay Shores
      February 28, 2017 at 8:54 pm

      Thanks my dear! Parisians are all about rocking black and white with artsy accents of color! Comfort is also key! xx Lindsay

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    Megan Campbell
    February 28, 2017 at 2:08 am

    I just love the Parisian style! Cute outfit!

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    February 28, 2017 at 2:25 am

    Lovely outfit! I love that trench coat and the shoes – I can definitely see this style looking great in Paris and in Boston.

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      Lindsay Shores
      February 28, 2017 at 8:56 pm

      Thank you, Ali! It’s definitely a traditional everyday look that goes in both cities! xx

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    February 28, 2017 at 6:51 am

    What a beautiful location and I just love your outfit

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      Lindsay Shores
      February 28, 2017 at 8:57 pm

      You’re right, Christina, Beacon Hill is just stunning! Thanks for the love for my outfit! xx

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    Heather Noire
    February 28, 2017 at 8:10 am

    I have those same sunglasses! This is a perfect Parisian style and looks so fun and effortless 🙂

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      Lindsay Shores
      February 28, 2017 at 9:01 pm

      The Wayfarers are my favorite! Thanks so much Heather. I love effortless outfits, as do the Parisians!! xx

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    February 28, 2017 at 2:17 pm

    Lovely red loafers and your outfit overall looks relaxed but chic. Boston architecture looks amazing! Great post, have a lovely start to the week.


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      Lindsay Shores
      February 28, 2017 at 9:04 pm

      Thank you, Yasmin! I just love the classic architecture on Beacon Hill. You have a great start to the week as well! xx

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    Cassidy's Adventures
    February 28, 2017 at 3:36 pm

    Your style is lovely! It’s chic and feminine but also not too frilly. Nice! Also, Boston is such a gorgeous place. I’d love to go!

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      Lindsay Shores
      February 28, 2017 at 9:07 pm

      Thank you, Cassidy! You must come to Boston! It’s a very intellectual city, full of beauty and history – and it feels very quaint, as it isn’t too big or overwhelming! Make sure you visit Newbury Street! xx

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    February 28, 2017 at 4:16 pm

    such a chic look, love the layering!

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    February 28, 2017 at 7:39 pm

    Love your style! And it totally fits your surroundings- so pretty!

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      Lindsay Shores
      February 28, 2017 at 9:11 pm

      Thank you, Hannah! I felt like the outfit matched the neighborhood and the weather that day! Beacon Hill is beautiful in all its red-brick splendor and history-laden streets. xx

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    March 1, 2017 at 5:08 pm

    This look is too cute! You look perfect!


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    March 6, 2017 at 4:40 pm

    You look SO CHIC!

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    April 22, 2017 at 12:57 am

    Both the top and the coat are gorgeous! What a chic Parisian outfit indeed.

    Jessica |

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      Lindsay Shores
      April 22, 2017 at 2:27 pm

      Thank you my dear! I like to take a bit of Paris style with me wherever I go! xx, Lindsay

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