Bordeaux… just the name itself sounds alluring. Somehow that name, Bordeaux, evokes a sense of sensuality, a sense of romance that’s almost hard to articulate. Perhaps it’s the deep red hue associated with the name (a silk Giambattista ruffle mini number comes to mind…). Or perhaps, more likely, it’s the smooth red wines of the Bordeaux region that gives the color its name and the place its alluring fame. While Tom Ford and Essie may have uncorked a universal lust for Bordeaux with lacquers, oenophile or not, a getaway to France’s most underrated cities might just be the perfect topcoat to your polish. Wine enthusiasts across the globe are well versed in the offerings of Napa and Tuscany, and don’t get us wrong, we love those spots too. But take our advice and add Bordeaux to your extensive bucket list of vineyards to see and sip. This beautiful city in the southwest of France dominates the wine world, boasting the largest wine production across the globe and some of the most spectacular tasting rooms. It’s no wonder they even opened a wine museum, La Cité du Vin, a ten story building of wine galore.
Oenophile or not – Bordeaux’s burgeoning food scene, laidback lifestyle and lively nightlife make the Aquitaine capital a sophisticated option. And, of course, we must not forget the extensive shopportunities so you can dress with the same vibrancy that this region exudes. Imagine if you could shrink Paris, nix the tourists, and still preserve its charm… violá, you have Bordeaux. The street style here couples French charm with Parisan cool, creating a scene that is overall relaxed with slight edge. Knee-high boots, button downs, and chic jackets would do you well, yet don’t be afraid to experiment with denim trends-of-the-moment and bold accessories. Even better, pack your classic staples and save room for new finds at the plentiful trendy boutiques. Come with an extra suitcase to fill with goodies, and definitely come thirsty.