Are you wondering what to pack for Paris this summer? I've got you covered. Read on to learn how to pack for a trip to Paris. Find out what to wear and what to avoid in The City of Love. Scroll down to get your Paris Packing list.
What to Wear in Paris
The first thing I do when planning outfits for a client's trip is research the weather. You need to do this too. Fortunately, Paris experiences mild summers. Highs hover around 70-75 degrees. Of course, there's always a chance for rain or a day over 80. Plan to bring a light jacket and breathable clothing.
For such temperate weather, you need to be prepared. Think versatility. You may be cold in the evenings and hot during the day.
The Parisian locals tend to dress up more than Americans. If you want to look like you belong, stick to classic, tailored pieces in neutral colors. For this list, we'll be working with a palette of black, white, blush pink, and olive green,
What Jackets to BriNG TO Paris
The reality is it will probably rain at least one day of your trip. Plan accordingly. Pack a light trench or raincoat in black, tan, or my personal favorite, clear. Add in another light jacket and a cardigan so you're prepared for breezy days and chilly nights.
Tops You'll Need in Paris
A classic white button-down can be paired with jeans, pants, or skirts. It looks great layered under a sweater or worn with a scarf. Since it's such a versatile piece, I highly recommend bringing one on your trip. Bring another button-down in a shade of blush or baby blue. Or, add another faux-neutral that pairs well with your travel capsule.
In addition to the two button-downs, bring 2-3 nice tops in breathable fabric like linen, cotton, or silk. Paris is not the place for cheap polyester.
Also, bring 2-3 chic t-shirts. Try something with a whimsical print or cheeky graphic. Skip the French words though. C'est très cliché.
What Pants and Skirts to Pack for Paris
While Parisian style is dressier than American, the French still love their jeans. Pack a pair of dark-wash jeans and medium wash boyfriend jeans. Slim-cut pants in black, navy, or grey are also a great choice.
If you're a dress-wearing gal, go ahead and pack a sundress or two. You could also throw in a mid-length skirt.
Avoid wearing leggings or shorts. In Paris, these aren't considered appropriate unless you're at the pool or gym.
What Dresses to Pack for Paris
You'll want to pack 1-2 day dresses as well as 1-2 evening dresses, depending on your itinerary and length of stay.
Accessories You'll Need in Paris
Parisians love their accessories. Don't be shy about packing scarves and earrings. Here's what you'll want to bring:
What Shoes to Pack for Paris
Though Paris is known for haute couture, it's necessary to pack comfortable shoes. Like most old European cities, people travel by foot on cobblestone streets. They use public transit en masse. When you're packing for Paris, remember you'll be spending each day walking for miles. And, you won't have a chance to change your footwear.
Four different clients have confessed that they bought outrageously expensive, hideously ugly shoes in the middle of Paris. Why? Because their feet were so uncomfortable in the shoes they'd brought from home. They couldn't take it anymore. Of course, now they have me to help plan their trip-packing. We avoid such shopping emergencies.
As I always say, you don't need to be frumpy to be comfortable. You'll need stylish walking shoes. In addition to your flats and sneakers, bring one pair of fabulous booties for nights on the town. No matter how chic, sneakers don't feel right at a nightclub. Skip the stilettos because Paris is full of cobblestone streets. See below for my exact shoe recommendations.
WHAT NOT TO WEAR IN PARIS
Sometimes style comes from what you don't wear. As you may have noticed, the blog post is littered with advice on clothing to avoid wearing in Paris. To review, don't bring flip-flops, active wear, stilettos, leggings, or uncomfortable shoes. None of these will work in Paris.
Further, don't wear camo print while visiting the City of Love. Though it's fashionable in the US, in Europe camouflage is reserved for military duty.
On another note, don't be cliche. Skip the berets and tees with French sayings.
Paris Fashion Faux Pas: What Not to Wear
As with any trip, don't bring valuable jewelry. Don't bring anything with sentimental value. These things are better kept safe and sound at home.
And, whatever you do, don't wear sweatpants in Paris.
Below you'll find my packing list for a Parisian Summer. If you want the printable version, get the PDF here.
PACKING LIST: SUMMER IN PARIS
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Shopping suggestions: Summer in Paris
Check your closet before you go shopping for your Paris trip. You may find you've got plenty of the essentials already covered. And, if you get to Paris and find you don't have what you need? You're in the fashion capital of the world. Go shopping! Comme c'est merveilleux!
I'm Jaquelyn Wahidi. I'm a personal fashion stylist, writer, and entrepreneur in San Diego. I help women organize their closets, define their style, and shop with intention. My style blog features practical style advice for women everywhere. I've been addicted to blazers since 2004.