Nice, France Travel Wardrobe | Dream Destination Series

Today in my first in a series of dream destinations, where I’ll share travel capsule inspiration, ideas for designing a color palette, fabric suggestions and French Indie sewing pattern ideas. Plus what I would pack for a whirlwind trip from my current handmade wardrobe! Each month I’ll share a new location and pick one inspiration piece or outfit to create.  

 Let’s plan a fabulous destination wardrobe together!

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Join me today as we map out some unforgettable stops along the French Riviera, the perfect inspiration for planning your own unforgettable journey. Let’s create and design the perfect travel capsule wardrobe for a dream getaway to the breathtaking destination of Nice, France.  Renowned for its mesmerizing ocean vistas, charming towns, and delectable cuisine, Nice beckons with promises of unforgettable experiences.  Picture yourself wandering through cobblestone streets, soaking up the sun on beautiful pebble beaches, touring hilltop botanical gardens and museums and exploring local antique and flower markets.

If you have a trip you’re planning, be sure to let me know in the comments.  I’m happy to take your recommendations for future videos.  

For my plan today I’m designing a capsule collection around a 10-14 day couples trip to Nice and the surrounding French Riviera.  I visited last in my early 20’s, backpacking through Europe after studying art in Italy, and would love to take a trip back to one of my very favorite places with my husband. My husband loves to dive so this would also be a great active vacation for both of us. Maybe for our 20th anniversary!  

The Massena Museum (Musée Masséna) Nice, côte d'azur

Nestled along the French Riviera, Nice is a picturesque city known for its stunning Mediterranean coastline, vibrant street life, and rich cultural heritage.  Nice offers a blend of history, art, and natural beauty that captivates visitors from around the world.  

View of Cours Saleya, the famous flea market of the city and popular tourist attraction. Nice, France

Explore the charming Old Town (Vieux Nice) with its narrow streets, bustling markets, and colorful buildings. On Mondays visit the Antique Market and Tuesday through Thursday visit the Flower Market. Walk the iconic Promenade des Anglais, a beautiful waterfront promenade lined with palm trees, cafes, and beaches. Take a stroll along the Colline du Château for panoramic views of the city and the Mediterranean Sea. 

While I’m designing this bucket list trip, I might as well mention where I would love to stay someday.  While not in my current budget, a girl can dream! 

HÔTEL LE NEGRESCO  

This 5-star hotel located on the famous Promenade des Anglais offers a private beach club and luxurious accommodations. A symbol of the city of Nice for over a century, The Negresco offers the Côte d’Azur its stunning pink dome and elegant façade. The Negresco has a gorgeous collection of works of art and rare furniture dating from Louis XIV to the present day.  

The hotel offers views of the Mediterranean Sea and the Bay of Angels. It is located only 15 minutes from the International Airport in Nice on one side and the same distance from Old Nice on the other. Stroll along the Promenade des Anglais, visit the Museum Massena next door, have lunch at the Beach Club, and fine dining at it’s Michelin-starred restaurant Le Chantecler.  

Nice, France

“Relaxation areas and passageways lend themselves to contemplation: artworks, music, and culinary treats served in a dedicated salon, courtesy of our Michelin-starred chef Virginie Basselot. The sauna, hammam, and experiential showers add another element of relaxation and serenity. 

Dry or wet treatment areas enable guests to immerse themselves in a cabin for a voluptuous body and facial pampering session. The Spa’s swimming pool is flooded with natural light, creating an enchanting environment where guests can relax to the sound of music, even in the deep end. Our Spa provides a truly innovative immersive yoga experience where sound and movement are brought together with digital art to provide the perfect setting for a guided session of escapism. This worldwide innovation harnesses the latest technology to deliver an innovative approach to well-being.”

Le Negresco, Nice France

Find out more:

https://www.forbestravelguide.com/hotels/french-riviera-france/le-negresco

https://www.hotel-negresco-nice.com/en

When traveling overseas I prefer a longer trip as the biggest cost is usually airfare. So, I’d plan a 10-14 day vacation. This provides ample time to explore the city and surrounding areas at a leisurely pace. I’m thinking of this as a pretty active trip with lots of walking, swimming and diving (for my husband). Visits to museums, gardens and villages and trips to the antique and flower markets. Plus, amazing food! 

May is an ideal time to visit Nice, as the weather is warm and sunny but not yet too hot, and the tourist crowds are still relatively small. Average temperatures range from 17°C to 23°C (63°F to 73°F), making it perfect for outdoor activities and sightseeing. This would be the perfect time of year for me- a bit cooler than I’m used to but still Spring like. 

Nice. Panorama of Massena Square and the fountain in the night lighting.

Day 1 – Travel Day (Flight) 

I’d fly into Nice from Miami. Air France with a connection in Paris. Trip is 11hours 40 minutes.  Approx. price: $3700 Premium Economy,10K Business, 13K + Premiere 

Day 2 

For any trip I take I like to plan my first day to decompress and rest while recovering from any jet lag. I’d plan a simple day at my lodging and then a walk along the Promenade des Anglais with my husband. 

Spring in Nice France

Days 3-5 

For the next 3 days I’d opt for the… FRENCH RIVIERA PASS 72 H  

My top picks using the French Riviera pass: 

  • Matisse Museum, Cimiez Monastery, and the Chagall Museum 
  • The Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat (tea room and gardens) 
  • Train trip to Eze and Villefranche-sur-Mer 

Day 6-8 

  • Walk the Coastal Path 
  • Cours Saleya Antique Market (Mondays) and Flower Markets (Tuesday-Sunday) 
  • Massena Museum
  • Indulge in the local cuisine at traditional Niçoise restaurants, savoring dishes like socca (chickpea pancake), pissaladière (onion tart), and salade niçoise. 
  • Relax in the Promenade du Paillon 

Day 9 

And of course, no trip is complete without some local fabric shopping!  I’ll shop while my husband goes scuba diving.

Nice Activities-2-Fabric Shopping
  • Wonderland Tissus 6 rue du Docteur Guidoni   
  • Toto Tissus Nice France 36 Rue de France  
  • Martin Galles 16 Rue Meyerbeer  
  • Atelier Pénélope (Haberdashery) 45 Av. Alfred Borriglione  
  • Toto Tissus Nice Malaussena 14-16 Av. Malaussena  
  • The House of Ursula 6 Av. Gustave Eiffel 

Days 10 + 

As time allows: 

French Riviera Travel Plans
Villefranche sur Mer idyllic French riviera town aerial bay view, Alpes-Maritimes region of France
  • Musée d’Archéologie de Nice / Cimiez
  • Vence to see the Chapel of the Rosary (Matisse stained glass windows) 
  • Jean Cocteau Museum in Menton 
  • The Château Grimaldi, Picasso Museum in Antibes  
  • The Oceanographic Museum in Monaco 

Final Day

Fly Home Nice to Miami 

Choose Your Color Palette

Draw inspiration from the vibrant colors of Nice’s coastline and architecture, with shades of azure blue, pastel yellow, and terracotta orange.  

Favorite Styles for this Location  

Beautiful Blouses • Stripes • Beach Dressing • Small floral prints • Pastel Hues • White Pants • Vivid Blues 

color palette personal-2-colors nice

In spring, Nice, France offers a delightful blend of mild weather and blossoming scenery, calling for a wardrobe that balances style and practicality. Opt for breezy dresses, lightweight tops, tailored shorts, and comfortable sandals in chic, effortless styles that reflect the laid-back elegance of the French Riviera. Here are some clothing styles that are perfect for exploring Nice in the spring.

Screenshot Mood Nice France Clothing Ideas

Relaxed vibe with a lot of linens, lighter colors, and a seaside look. elegant, yet simple.  

Screenshot Pinterest Board Nice France
  1. Light Layers: Opt for breathable fabrics like cotton, linen, and lightweight knits to layer comfortably throughout the day as temperatures fluctuate. 
  1. Chic Dresses: Pack a selection of breezy dresses in floral prints or pastel hues for a touch of elegance while strolling through the picturesque streets or dining at outdoor cafes. 
  1. Stylish Tops and Blouses: Embrace the effortless French chic with classic tops and blouses featuring delicate details like ruffles or lace, perfect for pairing with jeans or skirts. 
  1. Comfortable Footwear: Choose comfortable yet stylish footwear such as sandals, espadrilles, or stylish sneakers for exploring the city’s charming alleys and cobblestone streets. 
  1. Lightweight Outerwear: Bring along a lightweight jacket, cardigan, or trench coat for cooler evenings or breezy days, ensuring you stay cozy while admiring the sunset along the Promenade des Anglais. 
  1. Versatile Bottoms: Pack a mix of versatile bottoms like cropped pants, shorts, and skirts that can be easily mixed and matched with different tops for various daytime activities and evening outings. 
  1. Accessories: Complete your look with accessories like sunglasses, a wide-brimmed hat, a lightweight scarf, and a stylish tote bag to add flair and functionality to your ensemble. 
VASIL NANEV Nice France statue of Apollo

What I chose from my handmade wardrobe:

  • 4-5 Tops
  • 3 Dresses/Rompers
  • 2-3 Shorts/Pants/Skirts
  • 1-2 Jacket or Cardigan
  • 1 Coverup
  • 1-2 Bathing Suits
  • Sleepwear & Activewear
  • 3 Shoes  
  • Purse and Beach Bag  
  • Hat  
  • Sunglasses 

French Sewing Patterns

get inspired for your trip with some Indie French Patterns!

Garfield pajamas pattern
Garfield
The pattern of the Cloud suit
Pattern of the Clouds
CHANTAL
Chantal
Helios
Helios
I am Myself Collection: Valérie, Harmonie and Aimé
I Am Patterns Bundle
Place des Arts
Place des Arts
Pulp (Bodysuit Blouse)
Pulp
Helios (Caftan Dress)
Helios
Nuance (Skirt)
Nuance
Obsession (Dress)
Obsession
California (Jean)
California
Luciole (slip)
Luciole
Brooklyn pants
Brooklyn
Paola dress/top
Paola
Sunset jacket pattern
Sunset
Venus Knit Dress
Venus
ARIELLE JUMPSUIT
Arielle
BASILE Trousers-Shorts
Basile
Mix-And-Match Sewing Patterns
Mix and Match
Tamara Dress
Tamara
POPPY T-shirt pattern
Poppy T-shirt
Julia Jacket Pattern
Juliat Jacket
Piña Swimsuit
Pina
Cuba Libre  Bikini
Cuba Libre

Les Lubies De Cadia  

I AM Patterns:  

Atelier Avril 8:   

Atelier Scammit:  

Etoffe Mailicieuse:  

Maison Fauve:   

French Poetry:  

République Du Chiffon:  

Atelier Charlotte Auzou

Clematisse Pattern:  

Fitiyoo  

To Read:  

  • A Distant Mirror (Barbara Tuchman, 1987). Respected historian Barbara Tuchman paints a portrait of 14th-century France.  A classic!
  • Travels Through the French Riviera: An Artist’s Guide to the Storied Coastline, from Menton to Saint-Tropez by Virginia Johnson  (beautiful book with lovely illustrations)
  • Naughty in Nice, Rhys Bowen (Her Royal Spyness #5)  ( I love this whole series!)

To Watch:  

  • Jean de Florette (1986). This tale of greed and intolerance follows a hunchback as he fights for the property he inherited in rural France. Its sequel, Manon of the Spring (1986), continues with his daughter’s story.  One of my favorite movies!
  • Ronin (1998). Robert De Niro stars in this crime caper, which includes a car chase through Paris and scenes filmed in Nice, Villefranche-sur-Mer, and Arles.  
  • To Catch a Thief (1955). Alfred Hitchcock’s thriller showcases the French Riviera starring Grace Kelly and Cary Grant.  
  • A Good Year (2006). This British-American romantic comedy, starring Russell Crowe and Marion Cotillard, is loosely based on the novel by Peter Mayle and filmed at a Luberon winery recommended in the book.  
  • Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988). Steve Martin and Michael Caine star in this hilarious flick, filmed in and around Villefranche-sur-Mer. 

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Are you traveling anywhere fun soon?  Let me know in the comments. Until next time, Happy Sewing! 

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