Staying for less than a week? Try to fit everything inside one oversized duffel. It will save you the agony of schlepping and locals will think you're a Parisian taking a long weekend holiday! (That is, of course, until you speak.)
White denim, however, is a little hardier than cotton tees in the same color—and so much more French than basic blue. Definitely have a pair on hand.
Skinny Skinny Ankle Jeans in Optic White, $98.50, madewell.com
Rather than have separate necklaces, bracelets and earrings for each of your outfits, just one great watch that you'll never take off is better. Since you don't have to worry about losing it—and it's your only accessory of the trip—feel free to pick a fancy one.
It's good to have at least one dress in your arsenal that works for both day and night. In the French Rivera, I'd go Cannes Festival lite, with something floaty, floral and effortless—but still wearable enough for long walks along the coastline.
You might be in Southern Europe, but there's still a spring chill in the air; the average temperature this time of year run in the sixties. Leave your bikini at home and pack a lightweight pullover instead.
While you can sleep in these the whole trip, each piece works as a daytime separate, too.
Liberty Vintage Short Pajama Set In Phoebe Floral, $150, jcrew.com
Never take lots of makeup to France, the women there don't wear much; flashy colors and heavy concealer will stick out. Go with this liptint (that also works as a cheek stain) and a great BB/CC/whatever letter cream instead.
Sugar Rose Tinted Lip Treatment SPF 15, $22.50, fresh.com
Jackets take up lots of space, so you want one that goes with everything and get the job done. This one is perfect.
One streamlined, hands-free style works for 99 percent of possible occasions, day or night. (If you get invited to the Bling Ring screening, though, you might have to go minaudière shopping. Poor you.)