Traveling to Paris? Wear 1 Pair of Jeans 4 Different Ways, So You Can Pack Light in the City of Light

Nothing takes the thrill away from travel quite like the stress of packing the perfect wardrobe. And when your destination is the City of Light, your suitcase of options should be especially well-curated. However, the right pair of jeans can pull together an entire wardrobe.

Jeans can be dressed up for dinner and dancing, dressed down for strolling around the cobbled streets in search of patisseries, and styled somewhere in between for meandering about the Left Bank.

Bustle asked Madewell's Head Designer Somsack Sikhounmuong to give us some tips on traveling in style and packing light with Madewell's "skinny but not tight" Slim Boyfriend Jeans, which he says "are perfect to wear on the seven-hour flight and walking through the streets." Sikhounmuong promises the jeans will take you straight from your flight to a midnight meal in the heart of the city.

1. Strolling the Champs-Élysées

For strolling the Champs-Élysées and sightseeing along the way, Sikhounmuong suggests pairing the jeans with a handy guidebook and a plaid shirt to keep you chic and on-track. The designer says, "There are so many things to see, and eat, in Paris it's nice to keep everything organized. Don't be afraid to dog-ear the pages! And we can't get enough of plaid this fall. This shirt is particularly in line with the normcore and '90s resurgence in fashion."


Perhaps your interest in the gilded taste of The Sun King draws you to Versailles — try combining a few pastels with your worn-in denim for a sweet look of which Marie Antoinette herself would approve.

If you get lost in the grandeur, simply refer to the Word Lens Translator App on your smartphone to ask for directions. Sikhounmuong says, "It's my new favorite translation app, download it!"


If you're concerned about what to wear on date night, simply throw on a pair of strappy stilettos and a tuxedo blazer with your new favorite pair of jeans.


For exploring the chic Left Bank scene, a pair of cobblestone-friendly kicks and light layers are a must. Sikhounmuong extolls the virtues of a lightweight layer like Madewell's Tokyo Rider Jacket. He says, "Less is more when you travel, I don't like to lug too much stuff. This jacket is light and easy to layer with so you will be able to wear it the entire time."

Written by Tyler Atwood.

Madewell is the sponsor of this article.

Images: (Jeans, shown throughout) Madewell The Slim Boyjean Rip and Repair Edition, $145,; Ray-Ban Iconic Wayfarer Acetate Sunglasses, $180,; Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick in Nude Kate, $32,; Rebecca Minkoff Mini M.A.C., $195,; ; Aerin Tipton Booties, $428,; (Look Two, clockwise from top left) Madewell Silk Refined Tee in Diamond Floral, $98,; Oh Lala iPhone 4 Case, $6.99,; C. Wonder Heart Love Knot Stud Earrings, $28,; Butter Pointer Shoes, $218,; Clarins Blush Prodige Illuminating Cheek Colour, $31,; (Look Three, clockwise from top left) Isabel Marant Daisy Tuxedo Jacket, $390,; J.Crew Pyramid Stone Bracelet, $65,; Madewell Essential White Boyshirt, $50,; Lancôme + Jason Wu L'Absolu Rouge Lipstick, $30,; B Brian Atwood Luanna Caged Sandals, $495,; (Look 4, clockwise from top left) R13 Graphic Vintage Tee, $175,; Madewell Tokyo Rider Jacket, $148,; Guerlain Ecrin 4 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette, $63,; Vans & Madewell Classic SK8-Hi High-Tops in Wool, $80,