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Q&A by Ilona Kauremszky


Q: Could you please offer some suggestions on what clothes to take for a trip to Europe. My trip dates are September 29 through October 14,2005. Stops include London, Paris, Florence, and Austria.

A: Seeing that youíve selected some European cities where they love to boast about their chicness, you should start to shine those shoes and dig out a pair of evening pumps for those delightful dining experiences. And if itís not dining that peeks your fancy, perhaps the nightlife will as opera houses and theatres always seem to attract the stylish crowd.

Whenever I roam through these cities, I make a point of staying on the Chanel side of life. I load up on the monochromes, with blacks, camel tones, whites and navy shades. A simple black pant and white blouse can easily look smashing as you pair it up with a scarf or shawl.

Since youíll be Europebound for the fall, the climate will be quite similar to our own with perhaps London staying a bit more on the wet and foggier side. Those reversible raincoats that convert into a fleece jacket can be a great essential item to pack.

And remember what you donít pack you can easily purchase at the many shops and boutiques in the various shopping districts. The train stations in these places always have a curio stand where small bobbles and even umbrellas can be purchased.


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