Are you heading to Paris? We couldn’t be more jealous.
You’ll be sipping cafe au lait as you stroll along the Rhine, exploring the masterpieces of the Louvre, and shopping to your heart’s content on the Champs-Elysees.
You can already see yourself there, but what are you going to wear?
If we had one style tip for Paris, it’d be this: Always be chic. This is a beautiful city that deserves beautiful style. Tied-together looks and classic elegance are in; jeans and slouchy tourist wear, not so much.
Not sure what to wear in Paris? Read on, then head to your closet to pack just the right pieces in your suitcase. These Paris outfit ideas will help you stay en vogue, no matter the season.
What to Wear in Paris During the Spring and Summer
Sunnier days in Paris are a beautiful time. Opt for skirts or dresses — the flowier, the better. You’ll feel romantic as they sway along with the breeze. (Skirts and dresses are ideal on a practical level, too, as sometimes cathedrals won’t let you in if you’re wearing shorts.)
Speaking of cathedrals, bring along a light cardigan in case you have to cover your shoulders. Cathedrals and museums get chilly inside, anyway, and you’ll want something warm to wear when the sun goes down.
As for color schemes, reds, pinks, blacks, and whites are très popular in Paris. Or, you can spice things up with a pattern. Stripes are a common print here.
Onto travel accessories! Everything in Paris is within walking distance, or a stop away on the Metro. Translation: Wear comfy shoes. Slide or two-band flat sandals, fashion sneakers, or a pair of lace-up flats can keep you looking on point. Since you’ll be out in the sun, bring along a cute hat to cover your head and embrace your inner Carrie Bradshaw!
Finally, tie the look together with a small purse and tasteful jewelry. Smaller purses look more upscale, and they’re easier on your arms while sightseeing than a heavy tote.
What to Wear in Paris During the Fall and Winter
Paris is every bit as beautiful in the cooler months, with its twinkling lights and ever-so-light dusting of snow. If you’re traveling to Paris in the fall or winter, you’ll want to wear layers to keep warm.
Don’t feel forced to wear pants, though. You can be just as fancy in the wintertime, if not more so! Swap your mini skirts and dresses for maxi skirts and longer dresses. Or, keep it short and sweet, but just as warm, with a turtleneck and pantyhose or thigh-high boots.
You’ll see the same color scheme of blacks, whites, reds, and dark pinks during the winter, but consider this your opportunity to introduce some fun prints with a patterned sweater or plaid skirt. You’ll be feeling cozy and looking cute.
A long-sleeved top, turtleneck, or sweater will be all you need for fall trips in Paris. If you’re traveling to Paris during the winter though, bring along a faux fur or trench coat in case it feels a bit icy.
Now, for the pièce de résistance: beanies and berets! We say go for it. Hats are in all year-round in Paris.
Whatever you wear in Paris, remember to be undeniably you. You’ve got your own je ne sais quoi, so let your outfits show it! As French fashion icon and legend Coco Chanel said, “Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself.”
Roam often, stay stylish. (or as they say in French, “Errez souvent, restez élégant!”)