For romantic resonances, figurative and literal, few places on the planet can match Paris, so to pack for the city that all but defines chic, keep things simple if, here and there, sleek: classic pieces including stripes, bouclé and, of course, Chanel.

With the arrival of the month of love – less than two weeks till Valentine’s Day, ladies and gentlemen! – shops are showing the first rushing flushes of romance with a plethora of pink and blush-colored items.

Almost necessarily, a bold lip makes a romantic Valentine’s Day look – although achieving that look can be tricky in winter, when chapping runs rampant.