When you're getting ready for your trip to City of Fashion in March, April and sometimes in May, you have to think about packing for two seasons. That's because springtime in Paris, even mid-March, can mean bright bluesky days, or it can mean rainy and cool weather.
On our last springtime visit to Paris, we arrived in winter and left in summer! The temperature ranged from freezing to near 80° F. Whatever season you're packin for, don't forget the essentials — like your little black dress (that's mostly for women!), sweaters (cashmere is preferred) and scarves (women and men).
Famous for their neutrals, in Spring Parisiennes will be sporting lots of khaki, black and grey. Throw on a scarf for a pop of color and oo-la-la ! — it will look as if you were born to stroll down Boulevard Saint-Germain.
Don't forget, French women take their footwear seriously. Look for a funky pair of boots and, for the sunny days, colorful ballerina flats.
Ballerina flats are an essential for Spring in Paris! Young and old, rich and poor, all the women of Paris have one thing in common and – a pair (or two or twelve) of ballerina flats.
Parisiennes may be known for their subtle clothing palette, but comfortable, pretty shoes are one piece of their wardrobe where they let colors shine. Ballerina flats are a great mix of comfort and style. They are practical for manoeuvring Metro stairs and cobblestones, yet pretty enough to wear with jeans, skirts and dresses.
Although you won't see French women wearing running shoes, they are mad for sneakers by Converse, Lanvin, Tony Burch, Gucci.
Although this is a younger look, by matching them with skinny of flared jeans and a cashmere sweater we're pretty sure you can pull it off as well.
Too often it's hard to find interesting sneaker locally, so we'll give you a link to MyTheresa, an online seller with a fashionable selection of sneakers as well as other shoes and more things we like, such as their denim collection.
A cashmere sweater in a neutral color is another essential for springtime in Paris — and pretty much anywhere else!.
Choose from cropped or a longer cardigan, paired with a scarf and a pair of ballerina flats and you have instant…je ne sais quoi!
Good quality cashmere is the perfect fabric for spring weather, when it can be cool one moment and warm the next. Cashmere is very light yet provides just the right amount of warmth when you need it. If the weather warms up, drape the sweater over your shoulder or around your waist.
• Pure Collection – Shop The Cashmere Sweater Store…
Skinny jeans are pretty much as essential as a baguette to any Parisienne. While most stylish jeans are in a dark-coloured denim, inspring you'll often see them in bright colours.
Skinny jeans aren't only for the young, many styles can be worn by women of "a certain age". But, if you're over 40, you might consider choosing a pair with a mid-rise and a slight flare.
Here's our fave source for stylish pants —
• Pure Collection – The Pants Shop…
Fashionable outerwear in Paris is also an essential. Styles change from season to season, but recently we've seen a lot of military-influenced jackets with a multiple of buttons.
The trenchcoat is one thing that never goes out of style. Currently cropped versions are a bit of a trend. The classic black trench, though, with a modern fit and details is worth the investment since it will be stylish for many years to come.
• Pure Collection – The Outerwear Shop…
Paris men, women and children are rarely seen without a classic cashmere, linen or silk scarf.
In fact, it's safe to say that you'll land at CDG wishing you had brought more scarves with you. French women are born with the natural ability to combine practicality with fashion, it's in their genes! Scarves protect you from the elements and finish the look of an outfit.Pure Collection – The Scarf Shop…
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