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Paris is, hands down, my favorite destination to pack for, and there are two reasons for this. I adore how glamorous this city is and that it’s the perfect opportunity to bring my designer purses and shoes. I also love the simplicity of the Parisian wardrobe (lots of black and minimal accessories) because this means it’s easy for me to pack light.
Packing light in Paris is crucial, especially because you’re going to want to leave room in your suitcase for shopping! Keep reading to find out what to wear to Paris and what to leave behind!
What to Wear to Paris
Written by: Kelly Ella Maz
The right shoes might be different than you think
Despite being the fashion capital of the world, Parisian women rarely wear heels. They much prefer to wear a sensible ballet flat! Follow suit to look appropriate and save your feet while sightseeing. I always pack one pair of Converse (Keds or Toms work, too) and one pair of leather ballet flats in black or tan.
Skinny jeans from day to night
They say if you take away a Parisian’s jeans she’ll feel naked–and the same goes for travelers in Paris! A pair of skinny jeans are perfect for Paris.
By day, wear your skinny jeans with Converse, a black t-shirt, and a colorful scarf tied loosely around your neck. Re-wear your jeans at night with the same t-shirt, a trench coat, and ballet flats for a casual dinner or boat ride along the Seine River. Cuff them at the ankle for the perfect Parisian touch!
Less is more when it comes to jewelry
Paris is all about quality, not quantity, for all things related to fashion. Parisian women wear very few accessories. Finally! A fashion trend that involves packing less.
When planning what to wear to Paris, leave the costume jewelry at home and bring only two pieces. Choose from the classics; like a watch, a thin gold necklace, simple stud earrings, or a delicate ring. Also be sure to stick to one metallic palette–either silver or gold.
You can’t go wrong with an LBD
Your nights in Paris will be spent at beautiful restaurants, chic cocktail bars, or walking along the river…and a little black dress is the ideal outfit.
This staple dress is not only chic for night, but can be dressed down and worn by day for museum visits and tea time at Ladurée.
Choose an easy-to-wash fabric so you can re-wear your black dress a few times during your stay.
You’ll never have enough scarves
When I plan what to wear to Paris, I think scarves. Lightweight for summer, a pashmina for winter, and in any size or color!
You can’t walk down a single street in Paris without stumbling across some scarves for sale (some as low as 3€ each). Not only will a scarf make you look very Parisian, but they can switch up your look or add warmth.
I wear a thin, narrow scarf in my hair or tied on my purse, and a large one worn as a wrap over my black dress at night. Wearing a scarf over your dress also makes it look like an entirely new outfit, when in fact you might have already worn that same dress during the day.
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What are your tips when planning what to wear to Paris?
For more Paris packing tips, please read:
- What to Wear in Paris in the Summer: Clothing, Shoes, and Travel Tips!
- Packing for Paris: The Ultimate Summer Style Guide
- Ten-Step Packing Guide for Paris
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Kelly Ella Maz is a writer and full-time traveller. Originally from Canada, she left her home to chase summer around the globe. She’s currently living in Sydney, Australia where she spends her days exploring new cafes and hidden beaches. You can follow her travels at www.kellyellamaz.com.
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