What to Wear in Paris: Packing List and Capsule Wardrobe

What to Wear in Paris: Packing List and Capsule Wardrobe

Wondering what to wear in Paris? This packing list will help you plan for your dream trip. With four stylish capsule wardrobes, you won’t look out of place with these tips!

 


What to Wear in Paris: Packing List


 

To help you plan what to wear in Paris, Parisian shopping expert Chloe Johnston helps us create an authentic packing list for your travel to this extraordinary city.

Chloe runs a travel company featuring shopping tours in Paris–perfect for a fashionista! Originally from the US, she’s been visiting Paris yearly since she was 12 years old. She launched CJ Shopping Tours, which has her traveling to Paris at least 5-6 times per year.

 

To learn more about Chloe and her company, check out CJ Shopping Tours and follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

 

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Rebecca Minkoff Backpack / Polarized Sunglasses / Black Ballet Flats

 

PARIS CLOTHING STYLE

 

When considering what to wear in Paris, it is important to remember that the city style is tailored and chic, yet conservative with an edge. Parisians love neutral colors and adhere to the “No more than 3 colors” rule.

To avoid standing out as a tourist on the Parisian streets, avoid items like original UGG boots, clunky tennis shoes, flip flops, and sweatpants. You should look presentable at all times; your goal is to maintain a comfortable look, while exuding femininity and edge.

 

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Infinity Scarf / Faux Leather Jacket / Paris Travel Guide

 

TRAVEL ESSENTIALS

 

The perfect accessories to add color to any outfit are a handbag and a scarf. You can use your handbag, belts, and scarves to brighten up an otherwise neutral outfit.

 

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Shop The Look

The perfect bag for Paris is a crossbody bag. To take your look from day to night, use a removable chain or strap to transform it from a crossbody into an elegant clutch. Be mindful of purse snatchers. You can protect your valuables from theft using these tips.

We love Airbnb for accommodation in Paris and other parts of Europe. Hotels and apartments often supply guests with umbrellas; however, it’s good to be prepared by bringing your trusty travel umbrella with you. Don’t forget the perfect daytime accessory for Paris: sunglasses.

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SHOPPING IN PARIS

 

Paris is synonymous with fashion. It’s a city filled with luxurious designer fashion houses, but if you are looking for more budget-friendly shops, try these: Monoprix, Tati, and City Pharma, where you can get all your basic travel essentials.

 

For more tips, read this post on shopping in Paris!

 

What to Wear in Paris in Spring

 

Paris Capsule Wardobe: Spring

 

1. Blouse 2. Sweatshirt 3. Scallop Tee 4. Wrap Blouse 5. Peplum Top 6. Dress 7. Floral Dress 8. Jeans 9. Striped Skirt 10. Black Trousers 11. Trench Coat (similar) 12. Jacket 13. Quilted Boots 14. Ballet Flats 15. Crossbody Bag (similar) 16. Hat 17. Umbrella 18. Scarf 19. Bracelet 20. Tights

 

Weather

Chloe says: Spring in Paris is always unpredictable, so be prepared for anything and pack an item for all the elements. Always check the weather before you travel.

Read these tips on how to pack for transitional weather.

 

Packing for Paris

That unpredictable weather means that preparation is key. Bring a jacket; layering is essential. A stylish light sweater, long sleeve tops, and t-shirts are great to mix and match with long skirts and tailored pants, which you can wear with your favorite comfortable ankle booties.

Find out why ankle boots are perfect for Europe in Spring!

Maxi dresses are perfect to wear under a light jacket on warmer days. Opt for a dress in figure-flattering black. Parisians love wearing black, so try to produce a capsule wardrobe in black, to which you can add a touch of color with your accessories (your scarf, belts, or handbag.)

And if you want to feel a little more French, pack your prettiest undergarments into your wardrobe. It will leave you feeling glamorous!

Be prepared for anything with these stylish travel raincoats for women!

 

What to Wear in Paris in Summer

 

Paris Capsule Wardobe: Summer

 

1. Striped T 2. Casual Shirt 3. Ruffle Blouse 4. Lace-Up Shirt (similar) 5. Racer Vest 6. Wrap Dress 7. Shirt Dress 8. Slim Jeans 9. Skinny Jeans 10. Skirt 11. Sleeveless Jacket 12. Cardigan 13. Flat Shoes 14. Messenger Bag (similar) 15. Sandals 16. Sunglasses 17. Umbrella 18. Scarf (similar) 19. Hat (similar) 20. Bracelet

 

Weather

 

Chloe says: Summers in Paris can get very hot, but the weather is unpredictable and it can turn chilly. The hottest time of day is mid to late afternoon. Check the weather and bring a light jacket if you need to.

Here are some of our favorite lightweight jackets for summer!

 

Packing for Paris

For cooler days in June, you’ll need neutral tailored trousers or jeans in a dark wash, which you can wear with your comfortable ankle booties. Summer is also the time to make use of your wedge sandals, which instantly give your wardrobe a summery touch.

Take a look at these fashionable, comfortable walking sandals for summer!

Bring out your dresses! Cotton, rayon, and linen are the most comfortable in the heat. Add a belt for a feminine, polished fit. If you prefer maxi dresses or summer dresses, those all work and are a matter of style and preference.

To ensure you are prepared for unpredictable weather, don’t forget a light jacket or compact umbrella. Save museums for rainy days to make the most out of your trip.

Lastly, accessorize with sunglasses, a summer scarf, and jewelry–subtle yet stylish–to give you a touch of color. Choose minimalist jewelry (not too expensive or flashy) that reflects your own individuality and sense of style. Less is more.

 

What to Wear in Paris in Autumn

 

Paris Capsule Wardobe: Autumn

 

1. Cable Knit Sweater 2. V-Neck 3. Sweater 4. Funnel Neck Top 5. 2 in 1 Top 6. Printed Dress 7. Shirt Dress 8. Faux Leather Trousers 9. Skirt 10. Jeans 11. Jacket 12. Coat 13. Boots (similar) 14. Penny Loafers 15. Crossbody 16. Sunglasses 17. Hat 18. Scarf 19. Tights 20. Belt

 

Weather

Chloe says: In autumn, the weather is cool and Paris is beautiful. Autumn colors create a picturesque setting; however, as in spring, the seasons are unpredictable. Take advantage of grey skies and pack a vivid pink or red coat for a beautiful picture in front of the Eiffel Tower!

 

Packing for Paris

Once again, ankle booties are perfect for autumn weather and will look great teamed with leather pants or dark jeans.

Here are some tips on how to wear ankle boots for fall travel.

Parisians love wearing leather, so use the autumn season to make leather your base. It’s not only waterproof, but warm, so you will have added protection from the chill. Consider adding a well-fitted, not boxy leather jacket to your wardrobe. (If you don’t like wearing leather, try faux leather.)

Tights or stockings are ideal to wear underneath shorts or belted dresses. They provide some protection from the elements and modesty in the Parisian streets.

Here are some ways to wear tights with dresses!

Pant jumpsuits are feminine and chic. Pair them with a tailored blazer for an extra touch of sophistication. Pack one or two basic tees and long sleeve tops to create layers to mix and match your outfits. And finally, your scarves can add a pop of color to an otherwise neutral wardrobe.

If you think you can’t pack light with leather clothing, check out my post on How to Pack for Europe’s Budget Airlines, where I squeezed in my leather and still flew carryon only!

 

What to Wear in Paris in Winter

 

Paris Capsule Wardobe: Winter

 

1. 2 in 1 Sweater (similar) 2. High Neck Sweater (similar) 3. Turtle Neck 4. Long Sleeve 5. Stitch Sweater 6. Bodycon Dress 7. Sweater Dress (similar) 8. Skirt 9. Trousers 10. Jeans 11. Collar Coat 12. Moto Jacket 13. Ankle Booties 14. Knee High Boots 15. Crossbody 16. Beanie 17. Gloves 18. Scarf (similar) 19. Belt 20. Tights

 

Weather

Chloe says: You can expect cold and wet weather during the winter, with occasional days of sun.

Use these tips to learn how to stay warm in cold weather without looking like a snowman!

 

Packing for Paris

The perfect footwear for a colder climate is, of course, boots. Leather is preferable as it is comfortable, durable, and tends to be waterproof. However, faux leather materials can perform a similar function. If you want added warmth, opt for boots with a warm lining, like wool.

Tucked into your boots to create the perfect winter look will be your dark jeans or thick trousers. Layering is essential for colder climates, so pack long sleeve tops, a few sweaters, and even a t-shirt or two to wear underneath your heavy fitted jacket or warm coat.

Thermal underwear for women is the ultimate secret to packing light in the winter!

Accessories not only add style to your outfit, but warmth! Opt for long, cashmere or silk scarves in the colors of your choice as well as a stylish hat and fingerless gloves. A pair of black leather gloves can look chic as well.

Since winter in Paris is a wetter season, don’t forget to pack weather-appropriate gear like a waterproof coat or an umbrella.

 

BONUS TRAVEL TIP

 

Before your trip, it’s very beneficial to learn a few key French phrases. Locals will have a warmer reception to you if you’ve taken the time to learn this simple courtesy.

Drink a Kir Royale, enjoy the sidewalk cafes and museums, window shop, and most importantly, have fun!


What’s in your packing list for Paris?


 

Please note: Most of Europe’s budget airlines have this carryon bag allowance: 55cm x 40cm x 20cm. Always check your airline’s individual baggage rules and regulations in advance.

 


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8 Comments

  1. Loved this article!!

    • Thanks!

  2. Great article.. Will keep in mind all your tips for my visit to Paris this May

    • Thanks! Hope it helps :-)

  3. What is appropriate dress code for a 70 year old woman who is a little ‘hip’?

    Thanks
    Sophie

    • Hi Sophie, thanks for your question! I will post it on our Facebook page to get the best feedback for you :-)

  4. What a well thought out blog, alas I have been to paris many times, but being 50 and a little chunky, still find it very difficult to pack, all the clothing you have recommended are lovely but a bit young for me, still I can admire the young uns wearing them! Thanks.

    • Thank you Sue!