When temperatures soar, figuring out what to wear while you're in in Paris can be a challenge.
Summer Paris Dressing Rule Number One: women (and men) do not wear shorts. Period.
Beside good taste in fashion, there's another good reason. You'll want to visit cathedrals and museums and bare shoulders and short-shorts will draw the wrong kind of attention.
Parisienne women manage to look cool and comfortable during the sizzling hot days of July and August with summer dresses, fashionable skirts and sandals. Discover their fashion secrets here at What To Wear In Paris – The Summer Edition.
Summer dresses and skirts are an essential! Young and old, rich and poor, all the women of Paris have a selection of fashionable summer dresses and skirts. Younger women can wear shorter skirts, but the most flattering length for women of a certain age is around the knee. You'll discover that skirts and dresses are far more versatile than shorts and can take you from a summer picnic to inside the Notre Dame Cathedral.
|Silk Linen Button Through Dress||Printed Silk
Spend a day in the Metro and you'll see why Parisiennes are addicted to comfortable flat sandals. You can plan on doing a lot of walking during your visit to Paris and you want a pair of sandals that can withstand the cobblestones, stairs and gravel found in many Paris parks. But that's no excuse for wearing runners or bulky walking shoes. There's plenty of sandal styles that combine fashion with comfort.
Even though Paris days may be hot, temperatures cool during the evening and you'll want a summer sweater to protect you from the breeze. Choose from either a featherweight cashmere cardigan (that you can wrap around your shoulders), or a cropped linen cotton cardigan that's light enough in fabric and style for summertime wear.
|Cashmere Roll Sleeve Sweater||Cashmere Round Neck Cardigan||Linen Cotton Batwing Cardigan||Silk Pleat Front Cardigan|
Classic t-shirts can be worn with skirts and trousers. Opt for a luxury linen t-shirt with a few fashionable touches like a curved hem, a nubbly finish and feminine shape for a flattering silhouette. Unless you have the arms of Michelle Obama, avoid sleeveless shirts. A jersey cowl neck is a very flattering line and also looks great with summer skirts.
At all costs, avoid shapeless T-shirts – always be on the look-out for t-shirts with details like a satin trim, or a silk roll-sleeve T. As for color, neutral tones are your best bet for summer and give you more wardrobe options for mix & match wear.
|Short Sleeve Marl Jersey T-Shirt||Roll Sleeve Silk
Scarves, scarves, scarves! Even in summer, Parisiennes are are crazy about scarves. Summer scarves really finish a look and will probably be the most important fashion accessory you can have in Paris. Choose from linen, crinkle or a cashmere blend for summer.
|Cashmere/Silk/Wool Printed Scarf||Fringed Cashmere Pashmina Stole||100% Cashmere Pashmina Scarf||100% Cashmere Pashmina Stole|
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