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Packing for Paris 
How to pack for Paris? What shoes to wear in Paris? How to dress like a Parisian? Below, we tell you everything you need to know about fashion in Paris – more specifically about Paris spring fashion and Paris summer fashion – along with some suggestions of outfits to wear in Paris this year 2020.
Check out our collection of Paris Packing Lists
- Men’s Paris Packing List, Spring – Summer
- Women’s Paris Packing List, Fall – Winter
- Men’s Paris Packing List, Fall – Winter
The Parisian Style – How to Dress Like a Parisian
Paris is the city of fashion and chic and Paris women’s clothing tends to be more dressy than in other European cities. As a visitor who doesn’t want to look out of place in the streets of Paris, forget your gym wear and beachwear for exploring Paris, both synonyms of a tourist. Instead, aim for a comfortable but feminine look with an edge.
The Parisian style is simple, chic and beautiful. Parisian women’s motto is “Less is More”, with a minimum of items that are versatile and easy to combine.
The perfect Paris packing list, spring or summer, should include:
» A few basic items, easy to combine to create different outfits
» Light, breathable fabrics, preferably easy to dry
» One color story, with a preference for neutral colors and black (Parisians cannot do without black)
» Sunglasses are a must, without forgetting those 2-3 great accessories that complete any outfit and give a touch of color
» Comfortable walking shoes for Paris, perfect for walking the city’s cobbled streets
» An outfit and a pair of shoes that can be worn for a nice dinner or to enjoy the nightlife in Paris. A little black dress (LBD) is always a good idea in Paris.
» Remember the motto “less is more”!. Head here for some tips on how to pack light for your packing list for Paris.
Spring and summer in Paris mean longer days and better temperatures. Paris outfits and travel essentials are definitely more colorful than in the wintertime, without forgetting the “no more than 3 colors” rule.
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All About the Little Black Dress
Why the little black dress is a classic of the Parisian wardrobe?
The little black dress, also known as LBD, is an evening dress usually simple and cut short. Fashion historians attribute the “invention of the little black dress to Coco Chanel in the 1920s. After the Great Depression, Chanel wanted to propose simple and affordable clothing for all women. The black color was perfect in a period when textiles and fabrics were rationed as women could be elegant without spending that much.
In 1926 Vogue published a drawing of a simple black dress in crêpe de Chine by Coco Chanel with a string of pearls as the only accessory. The publication referred to this little black dress as “Chanel’s Ford” meaning that it was simple and accessible to all women.
Years later, celebrities like Audrey Hepburn, dressed in a simple but elegant little black dress by Givenchy in the film Breakfast at Tiffany’s, contributed to the popularity of this simple dress.
Today, the little black dress is considered an essential item of the Parisian clothing. As a “rule of fashion”, it is believed that every woman should own a simple, elegant black dress that can be dressed up or down, alone or with other accessories depending on the occasion.
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Paris Spring Fashion – What to Wear in Paris in Spring 
What to wear in Paris in Spring? Paris in the Spring means unpredictable weather with warm and sunny days but also rainy and chilly days.
If you visit Paris during the Spring you need to be prepared for anything! When thinking about clothes to wear in Paris in Spring, layering is essential and your Paris Packing List Spring will definitely include a jacket or a trench coat for rainy days.
Items like a foldable umbrella and a light scarf will be your best allies so don’t forget to include them on the list. Before leaving home to Paris, check the weather forecast and review your packing list if necessary.
TIP: remember that churches in Paris request visitors to cover their shoulders inside the church. If you are wearing a sleeveless top or dress, think about packing a light scarf or jacket to cover your shoulders inside the church.
Paris Spring Fashion 2020
Paris Summer Fashion – What to Wear in Paris in Summer 
What to wear in Paris in Summer? Paris in the Summer comes with some hot days! You can definitely leave your jeans at home and look for more fresh fabrics.
Paris Summer fashion consists of items like nice blouses or t-shirts and skirts or a couple of dresses to wear in Paris. Shorts are uncommon in Paris, they are mostly seen at the beach. Basically, shorts are the first major sign that you are a tourist!
Accessories like stylish sunglasses or a nice bag are a must of your Paris Packing List Summer, and you definitely want to complement your French outfit with a nice hat to protect you from the sun.
Despite the warmer /hotter temperatures in Paris, it is advisable to add a light cardigan or sweater in your day bag for exploring Paris. This is perfect to wear if it gets colder at night.
Paris Summer Fashion 2020
Dresses to wear in Paris
What Shoes to Wear in Paris
What shoes to wear in Paris? You definitely want stylish walking shoes for Paris, like sneakers or flats.
Heels are not good for walking the streets of Paris for hours but maybe you are too addicted to leave them at home? Bring your heels only if you plan activities where you need to dress up, like a nice dinner in a chic Parisian restaurant, or a night at the Opéra Garnier.
What shoes to wear in Paris in the Summer? When the weather is too hot you can also replace your flats or sneakers for a pair of comfortable nice sandals (no plastic flip-flops, please). But only if you have a good pedicure.
Best Shoes for Paris in Spring – Summer
Buy Vegan: Veja Sneakers for Women, so Parisian!
Veja is today the influencers’ favorite sneakers. Founded in 2005 Veja is a French Sports Brand proposing environmentally friendly sneakers, made with raw materials sourced from organic farming and ecological agriculture, without chemicals or polluting processes.
Veja sneakers treat humans with respect, as they are produced in dignified conditions, and in direct consultation with producer associations and manufacturers.
Veja vegan sneakers have already convinced people like Marion Cotillard, Emma Watson, the French President Emmanuel Macron, or the Duchess of Sussex. What are you waiting for buying your own Veja Sneakers?
Paris Packing List, Spring – Summer 2020
So what to take to Paris? Here’s our suggestion on what to wear in Paris summer – spring 2020 to blend in with the local crowd. With this perfect packing list, Paris won’t resist you! This packing list works well for exploring, sightseeing, dining or going out.
THE BRANDS: the proposed items come from top quality brands that we like and use. Probably, some of the items we propose below are in your wardrobe already. We tried to choose brands that are available on Amazon in Europe, Canada, and in the US.
NB: links and product availability are checked regularly. Don’t take it out on us if a product is sold out. Most probably, it was a victim of its own success!
What to wear in Paris Spring – Summer 2020
The Perfect bags for exploring Paris
After all these recommendations, we are sure that Parisian clothing has no secrets for you. Enjoy Paris!
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- Read our tips for your first trip to Paris here
- Head here to learn about the yummy Paris food
- Check out the best side-trips from Paris
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