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What to wear in Paris: Paris Packing List (Fall & Winter)

Planning a trip to Paris in the fall or in winter? You know already where to stay in Paris and what to visit but you have no Paris packing list. What clothes to wear in Paris? What are the Paris travel essentials? What shoes to wear in Paris? How to dress in Paris Like a Local?

Look no further, we have written a full post about all that you need to know about clothes in Paris and how to dress like a Parisian (fall and winter edition).

 

FALL AND WINTER IN PARIS

Paris in autumn has still nice temperatures (maximums of 11 C° to 21 C°) and there are still some sunny days and blue skies. Winter in Paris is the less convenient season in terms of weather (minimums of 2 C° to 7° C and only 4 to 5 hours of light). January and February are the coldest months in Paris but it is never as cold as in Northern Europe. Snow in Paris is rare, maybe it can snow during a couple of days in February. Click here to read more about Paris’ annual weather, temperatures, and rainfall.

 

THE PARISIAN WARDROBE

Paris outfits are simple, chic and beautiful. Parisian women’s motto is “Less is More”, with a minimum of items which are versatile and easy to combine.

What is the secret of the Parisian wardrobe? French women wardrobes have affordable basics mixed with great accessories. Most Parisian women wear classic outfits that you probably have in your closet. Colors are neutral, combining 2- 3 colors (maximum!) on the same outfit. Parisian women choose quality pieces that will last some years.

What are the Parisian Style Essentials that you will find in every Parisian closet?
  1. striped tee
  2. white shirt
  3. the perfect pair of jeans
  4. black blazer
  5. trench coat
  6. a little black dress
  7. the perfect bag


WHAT TO WEAR IN PARIS –  PARIS PACKING LIST (FALL & WINTER)

Here’s our suggestion for ways to blend in with the local crowd in Autumn & Winter. These Paris travel essentials work well for exploring, sightseeing, dining or going out. Shoes to wear in Paris are flat and comfortable because Paris is a city to walk a lot.

THE BRANDS: on What to Wear in Paris the suggested outfits to wear in Paris and items come from top quality brands that we like and use. Probably, some of the items we propose below are in our wardrobe already. We looked for brands that are available in Europe and US.

Paris Essentials

 

Accessories: 1. Envelope Clutch | 2. Wool Hat | 3. Red Lipstick | 4. Cashmere Scarf 20. Round Sunglasses

Tops: 5. Stripped Top | 6. Black Blazer | 7. White Shirt8. Black Turtleneck

Pants & dresses: Straight Leg Pants9. Lined Leggings |  10. Skinny Jeans | 11. Little Black Dress | Little Black Dress (under 15€) |

Outerwear: 12. Black Poncho | 13. Open Cashmere Cardigan | 14. Wool Coat | 15. Trench Coat |

Footwear: 16. Flat Boots |17. Ballet Flats |  21. White Sneakers |

Bags: 18. Classic Structured Leather Tote | 19. Leather Backpack | Travel Bag |

 




HOW TO DRESS LIKE A PARISIAN: OUR BEST TIPS

» Invest in the perfect jeans, a trench (or jacket) and bag.

» Dress in simple palettes.

» Wear comfortable walking shoes for Paris, you are going to walk a lot!

» Heels are not good for Paris sightseeing 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.

» Don’t accessorize too much.

» Scarfs and some kind of hats are effortlessly Parisian plus they protect from the cold temperatures.

» Because the proposed clothes in Paris have very neutral colors (black, white, grey . .) we recommend a touch of “rouge” on your lips (or maybe a red scarf, if you don’t like makeup).

» In Paris, there is a huge atmosphere of vintage shopping, from the golden twenties through the seventies. If vintage clothing or accessories is something that you like, have a look at our Paris Vintage Corner for some ideas.

» Don’t try to be perfect, especially with your hair! 😉

Now you know how to dress like a Parisian! Do you know already what to take to Paris? What is your perfect Paris Packing List? 

 

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  • Anna
    11/23/2017 at 12:56 am

    Great list of appeal. I love the hat, I think it’s a must in any wardrobe. also, I miss Paris and next time I am there hope to do some shopping!

  • Jennifer
    11/22/2017 at 12:45 pm

    This wardrobe works well not just for Paris, but anywhere. I always try to pack in the same color family, which really cuts down on how many different pieces I need to pack. I like bringing just one or two pairs of pants, one or two cardigans and then layering other pieces to pack light. It leaves me more room to bring home souvenirs!

    • WorldInParis
      11/26/2017 at 5:47 pm

      It is true that packing items with the same color palette helps to create different outfits. I did this with my world tour packing list and I could combine almost everything without feeling weird

  • Samantha Sparrow
    11/21/2017 at 10:02 am

    I wish I’d had this earlier this year when I visited Paris in February – I was freezing and ending up not feeling very stylish at all. However I do wear nicely tailored black jeans and breton stripes so maybe I am half way there to dressing like a Parisian?!

    • WorldInParis
      11/21/2017 at 5:01 pm

      Sounds like YESSS! 😉 And yes, February is very cold in Paris 🙁

  • Tanvi
    11/18/2017 at 7:02 pm

    Those temperatures you’ve mentioned there in Paris well are honestly extreme winter temperatures for me since I live on the coast.. I’ll definitely keep Paris for summer instead of fall.. But dressing like a local is also so important..

    • WorldInParis
      11/18/2017 at 7:10 pm

      They are not that extreme, compared to other places in Northern Europe but I understand you perfectly. I tend to leave Paris 3 weeks in winter time, I also need more sun and light 😉

  • Melanie Klien
    11/18/2017 at 10:11 am

    Great inspiration. I love to do vintage shopping in Paris and therefore take some Paris chic with me home 🙂 I have been twice and hope to get back one day again.

    • WorldInParis
      11/18/2017 at 7:10 pm

      Great! Hope to post something else about vintage shopping in Paris soon 🙂