What to wear in Paris? After flights and accommodations, this is one of the most frequent questions we hear.
Paris is one of the fashion capitals of the world and you'll want to try to look good while being comfortable as you explore the city, visit museums, eat in restaurants or shop in chic stores.
We've collected some Paris fashion tips to help you look like you belong and not look like a tourist.
There's nothing like the feeling of being mistaken for a Parisienne as you're walking down the street. And that's not as rare as you might think, if you walk with confidence while wearing clothes suited for the city known for its style.
In this guide to what to wear in the City of Fashion (and the seasonal articles that link from it) we'll cover the essentials, piece-by-piece and season-by-season, with ideas on what to pack.
It's easy to pack too much. Pare your Paris wardrobe to the essentials. Avoid packing duplicates in sweaters, dresses and jeans. You will discover that a few wardrobe pieces will carry through for going out to dinner, visiting museums and on long walks.
Much of your Paris wardrobe, like scarves, simple dresses and cashmere sweaters, are good for any season, and any time you visit Paris.But there are other essential seasonal items you'll need to pack, depending on the time of year you will visit the City of Fashion. So, before you pack, take a little bit of time to read our seasonal guides —
French women (and men) generally shop for quality over quantity.
That's why you'll see a lot of cashmere in Paris. Cashmere is soft, comfortable and always looks great. A cashmere sweater is a fashion essential in any season in Paris.
Think simplicity when choosing a a cashmere sweater: V-neck or turtlenecks are a good option.
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Once you find a simple black dress you'll be well on your way to completing your What to Wear in Paris wardrobe.
Make sure the dress is versatile, one you can wear to dinner, yet still casual enough to wear underneath your trench coat or under a pashmina. A dress that doesn't need ironing is a triple bonus!
And, by the way, "black" doesn't always mean black, if you know what we mean. A simple solid-color dress of the trending color is always appropriate.
The first thing you'll notice when you hit Charles de Gaulle Airport are the scarves!
Men, women and children wear them in Paris in winter, spring, summer and fall.We want you to look (and feel!) like a Paris Insider, not like a tourist. So we highly recommend packing a scarf or two, whatever the season.
You probably will end up buying some in Paris, but it's better to come prepared. So, here are some places to shop for simple scarves —
The French have fallen hard for denim. That's right, what started our as rugged miners' gear is now high fashion on the streets of Paris.
So, the good news is you can wear your jeans in Paris, but not your runners! Make sure you uphold the Paris Insiders ideal by only wearing jeans that are stylish.
Throw your soccer-mom jeans in the poubelle (garbage can) before you leave home.
You don't have to sacrifice beauty for comfort.
While you won't want to walk around the city all day in high heels, you will notice all the stunning flat shoes that women wear in Paris. Maneuvering stairs, gravel pathways and cobblestones demands shoes with some structure.
In winter, you'll want to wear boots, but stylish ones.
And, to say it again, in Paris, running shoes are simply not an option!
French women are famous for their au naturel look. They wear makeup to look like they don't wear any!
They wear their hair in soft, natural styles to accentuate the effect. The city seems to have a couple of coiffures (hair salons) on every city block. If you want to treat yourself in Paris, pop into a coiffure for le brushing or a coupe. Most salons in Paris do not require an appointment.
In Paris men dress up. Even young men can be seen in slim-cut dark suits, and shiny black shoes.
They all wear scarves and seem to know how to knot them expertly. This doesn't mean that men have to wear suits. Choose casual wear — tweed jackets, corduroy trousers or heavyknit sweaters. Stylish jeans are seen everywhere.
And if you're planning to go to any high-end Paris restaurants you will definitely need a jacket or sport coat.
Well, you don't actually wear an umbrella, but in Paris you'll always need one. Find a lightweight option that's great for traveling.
Spring weather can be unpredictable, you'll need a stylish trench coat, a warm sweater for layering and water resistant shoes (not suede, for instance). Throw a travel umbrella in your suitcase.
Paris in the summer can sizzle, so you'll want to pack summer skirts and dresses. Grown-ups in Paris don't wear shorts. Period. If you want to fit in, leave the shorts at home. For men, light-weight khaki trousers will do or, of course, linen pants.
Fall in Paris can be warm right into October but, much like springtime, it can be unpredictable. You'll need clothes to layer, that stylish trench coat, and an umbrella.
Paris winters range from moderate to downright cold! You will need a warm, winter coat (for when the temperature drops down to freezing), boots, scarves and gloves. But you don't have to dress for the arctic! Think stylish black boots, a long wool coat and more scarves. In winter, your coat and boots will become your official uniform, so you can reduce the number of pants, sweaters and shoes.
• baggy jeans
• T-shirts with logos on them
• fleece (please no fleece!)
• fanny packs
• ugly nylon backpacks
• Tilly hats: you're not on safari
• sportswear (nylon or fuzzy)
• yoga pants
• puffy winter coats
• hiking boots
• short pants if you've more than 10 years old
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