From Prada to Zara—Here's Everything I Packed for 7 Days in Monaco

It’s hard to believe that I was swimming in the Mediterranean Sea on the morning of my flight back to New York from Monaco just over a week ago, a practice I highly recommend as a pre-travel pick-me-up. I’d spent a total of seven days between the municipality and Nice, France, covering all things fashion and Formula One with BWT Alpine F1 Team for the Monaco Grand Prix. It was the trip of a lifetime, something I knew would be the case long before I touched down in the French Riviera. This is why I spent weeks meticulously planning my outfits. Before I’d even done my interview prep (stay tuned for that), I had built a Google Drive to organise the potential contents of my two suitcases. As this was perhaps the most significant dressing opportunity of my 28 years thus far, I felt I had to do it right.

Everyone I asked ahead of my travels told me that Monaco pretty much epitomised the old money, quiet luxury trend. They said to expect a lot of white linen, neutral colours, and quintessential designer pieces like Hermès Kellys and Oran sandals, Loro Piana L27 mini bags, and Chanel cap-toe slingbacks. I did see all of those things on multiple occasions, but since my budget was limited and I don’t own any of those items, I pretty much chose to throw out all of the packing advice I was given and go rogue.

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With 75-degree days on the forecast for almost the entire time I was away (with the exception of one very wet afternoon), I set out to plan outfits that felt like me, picking pieces I knew I’d be excited to wear and document. For the first few days, I set aside outfits that were easy and casual but still elegant and refined. Later, as the biggest F1 weekend of the year commenced, my looks got a touch more intentional. Scroll down to find out exactly what I mean, where I’ve laid out all eight of my hand-chosen ensembles from the week I just spent in Monte Carlo. There’s Prada and Zara, H&M and Tory Burch, Dissh and Bottega Veneta—essentially, I packed a little bit of everything. Shocker, no packed item, apart from one dress, went unworn. Impressive, I know.

Outfit 1: Explore Nice and Settle In

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Since we flew overnight from New York to Nice, I definitely needed some downtime to get acquainted to the new time zone, unpack, and, of course, go to a French pharmacy and stock up on products that aren’t available in the States. Immediately upon arriving at the hotel, I changed out of my plane clothes—a charcoal cashmere sweater from J.Crew and my favourite Tibi Tuck Jeans that feel like sweatpants but look like they were on the runway (because they were)—and into a fresh, temperature-appropriate ensemble. I’d been eyeing this halter top from Zara for weeks because of how Khaite-like it appeared online, and I was beyond thrilled to discover that it is just as good in-person as it looked on Zara’s website. I paired it with long, dark-wash denim shorts, and together, the pieces felt easy but nice at the same time.

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Outfit 2: Lunch at Le Plongeoir in Nice

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I’ve heard so much about Le Plongeoir from friends who’ve been there and TikTok reviews, but I never thought I’d actually go there. When I saw the famous seaside restaurant on our trip’s itinerary, I knew I wanted to wear something fun for the occasion. To enjoy ceviche and grilled octopus with waves crashing against the seawall as background music, I picked two pieces from one of this season’s earlier Zara drops, a super-lightweight brown V-neck sweater and a patterned linen pencil skirt coloured in shades of pink and burgundy. These two items were actually styled together on the website, prompting me to get both. The skirt especially called my name. I feel like it gives a sort of Marni-meets-Prada vibe that I fell for immediately.

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Outfit 3: Dinner in Nice

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Since lunch was quite the occasion—let’s just say that it took a significant amount of time and effort to get the reservation—our group wanted dinner to be on the low-maintenance side, so we popped into an adorable, twinkle-lit restaurant for fresh fish and homemade pasta. I’ve owned this H&M halter dress for a few months now and haven’t yet had the chance to wear it. I nearly didn’t even bring it on this trip, but I had some extra room in my check bag and figured, Why not? Suffice to say, it ended up being the perfect choice for our evening, which ended at a great dive with even better live music. Did I mention that it’s £28?

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Outfit 4: Exploring Monaco and Vintage Alpine Car Tour

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For our first day in Monaco, we had plans to meet Alpine driver Esteban Ocon and get a tour around one of the French car brand’s oldest and most prestigious models from the 1970s: the Alpine Renault Berlinette 1300. As someone who clearly loves cars, especially vintage ones, I was psyched, leading me to choose my best outfit of the trip for this occasion.