Versailles was one of the most incredible places I’ve ever visited. I never knew what to think of if ever in need of finding my “happy place”, until now.
The Chateau, of course, is incredible with gilded everything and the pinnacle representation of Baroque, however what really moved me were the gardens–they were out of control! You could just get lost in this royal fantasyland viewing one incredible fountain or section of immaculately planned symmetrical landscaping after the next, trying to imagine what went into its creation. I tried to envision what life was like back in the 17th century and inevitably became obsessed with everything about Louis XIV. Was anyone more over the top than he? My friends and I had a joke that he was the founder and CEO of ‘extra’. I mean this guy defined drama and was anything but simple, so naturally I was intrigued as to what he was like as a person. I even found a book at the Marché aux Puces de St-Ouen about his daily life for only 2 Euro that I’m excited to start reading.
You truly feel the spirit of this royal baroque lifestyle when going to Versailles. I can’t reinforce enough how much you’ll be inspired when leaving this place. If you are ever in France I HIGHLY recommend taking a Sunday and going to Versailles! I recommend Sunday because that’s the only day they do the choreographed fountain and music show. Apparently they also have some summer nights where people get dressed up like they’re part of the court back in the 17th-18th century and walk around in their full regal regalia reenacting a soirée of the times.
I decided to go a bit regal myself with a light blue flowy tuxedo bib linen shirt by John Varvatos and Topman black shorts because it was an incredibly hot and humid that day. My grey color block diesel sneakers are incredibly comfortable and were perfect pairing for a day of walking around Versailles, along with my Dolce & Gabbana black square frame glasses.
SHOP THE LOOK
- Similar shirt: John Varvatos
- Shorts: Topman
- Sunnies: Dolce & Gabbana (sold out from Lyst but found them again here)
- Similar shoes: Diesel