The only time I have worn a pair or pants (in my case jeans – because I only packed one pair) during my trip throughout France I regretted it almost immediately as it it quite warm. Every other day, including for my flight (loved wearing this dress from Vince, and it is still available, as well as many more wonderful dresses), I wore a dress.
While I have seen tourists and a few locals in shorts and tight capri (mid-calf length) pants, I have seen far more dresses on women, and most of them loose and to at least above the knees or longer without showing an excessive amount of skin. Effortless chic done well and enabling the wearer to feel extremely comfortable as well.
As I was walking in Paris one morning, this woman seen above walked swiftly past me, and while I was too slow with my phone, you can see that the dress is knee-length, not tight, and if you look closely, the belt is cinched in the back, not the front, which is what immediately caught my eye.
Loose dresses I have found are splendid, especially in the summer, but even throughout the year, as you can cinch them in with a signature belt or wear them loose with beautiful accessories for the right occasion. You can also slip a jacket or a scarf over your shoulders for the early morning, evening or a chilly flight or train ride.
Two of the dresses I have worn here multiple times already were found at a market or a boutique in Paris while I was traveling, but each of the other dresses I have brought have been worn as well (four).
So perhaps the reason dresses aren’t worn as often for day is that we complicate them, make them uncomfortable for the wearer and just aren’t sure what to do with them. Since I am tall, I do find more luck when I order one size larger, so that length and the width of my shoulders is accommodated. Then I can tailor or cinch in the waist as necessary.
~A few dresses to look at from Everlane – tank, midi dresses in multiple colors
~Below are more than a handful of loose, midi-length dresses at varying price points.