How To Pack For Paris Like A Fashion Designer

The obsession with French-girl style is due in part to the preternaturally chic city of Paris. Everywhere you turn there are people who look like they’ve just fallen out of a magazine editorial. It is a joy to see but makes packing for a trip to the City of Light more than a little overwhelming. Fear not, we tapped Co-Creative Directors Elisa Dahan and Eran Elfassy of the uber-cool brand Mackage to share their essentials because they make the trip on a shockingly regular basis and know what it means to be a non-Parisian in Paris. Here’s everything you need to know to look the part.

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To Stash In Your Purse

"I always carry Darphin serum to nourish my skin on the flight while en route and this lip gloss because it gives a shot of instant color. With a quick application you’re ready to go anywhere! I adore oversize cat eye sunglasses because they are so feminine and after a night out with friends (or a long flight), they are my most valued accessory." Elisa Dahan

"I also recommend a black python case because it adds a refined edge to your phone!" Eran Elfassy

To Fly In Style

"This is my go-to carry on—sleek, lightweight and the dividers make packing a near-painless experience." Eran Elfassy

"Our Ibis handbag is versatile and the luxe, quilted leather matches everything so it is ideal for traveling. I also rely on these sleek headphones to keep me relaxed on long flights. For a casual stroll on the Avenue Montaigne, dinner with friends or to top off my look on a chilly airplane this leather jacket is a great go-to layering piece." Elisa Dahan

To Elevate Your Dude

"Sunglasses are a must for Paris. They are the perfect accessory for relaxing at an outdoor café or taking in the sights. I carry these everywhere. Our Elvin jersey hoodie with leather front paneling is easy to wear and perfect when you’re on the go and this backpack is great because the compartments make carrying necessities convenient and organized. Lastly, I always bring a pair of sleek and sporty kicks that work regardless of weather, day or night." Eran Elfassy

To Polish Your Look

"Rule #1: Heels are a must, especially in Paris. Never forget them when you travel. A little jewelry is key, I’m never without any of my bracelets. The Tiffany & Co. wire bracelet is elegant and timeless which is ideal for the French capital. Our bright crop top is great with a midi skirt or skinny pants and I love a spritz of a signature fragrance to feel pulled together." Elisa Dahan