What to Wear When Traveling in Paris | Dress Like a Parisian
There are many people who have asked me for advice about what to wear when traveling to Paris since I went there by myself this late June, coming home in early July. One thing I definitely want to tell you, is try to dress like Parisian. I have to say, because I did so, it really helped me fit in so much easier. Everyone was super nice to me and I didn’t encounter any pickpockets at all because I didn’t look like a tourist.
Below are a few things you may want to consider before you decide what to pack:
Based on my experience, the weather in Paris is always quite chilly compared with most places in America, and it changes quite dramatically. For example, the last day was super hot and the next day I probably would have needead a sweater. If you are thinking of traveling to Paris in the summer months, make sure bring a small umbrella since it is the rainy season. So the key to your outfit should be layering in classy, timeless pieces.
1) A Trench Coat:
I am always cold on airplanes no matter what season, so I know I need something to keep me warm. I was going to Paris, so in my mind this Burberry trench coat is the perfect choice for this purpose. After I arrived in Paris, sure enough, I found there are a lot of local people wearing this type of trench. Later, I wore it again when I was touring the Palace of Versailles. It was a super cold day and I was so glad that I had this trench with me.
2) A Striped Tee
Since stripes are the standard for French chic, I think it deserves a spot in your suitcase. I packed two of them, one was short sleeve and one was long sleeve.
I wore the long sleeve when I was visiting Notre Dame Cathedral.
I wore the short sleeve one when I was visiting Montmartre
3) A pair of super comfy and flattering jeans
I like traveling light, so I didn’t pack many pair of pants. There was just a single pair of blue jeans and another pair of black jeans that made it into my suitcase. Somehow I never even wore the black ones. 😉 French women know how important the cut, length and fit of a pair of pants are. So, if you want to dress like a Parisian, don’t just wear a pair of comfy jeans, make sure they are flattering for your body type. For my petite frame, these cropped, high rise jeans are the most flattering type I can find.
4) A light-weight short jacket
It can be a universally flattering denim jacket.
Or a polished blazer.
It all depends on what you do in Paris. I was there by myself, so I didn’t pack anything for a romantic dinner. I did book some nice dinners, so semi-formal pieces are perfect for this purpose.
I wore this suit when I was visiting the Louvre and then on a Seine River Cruise. Later I also went to Moulin Rouge to see a show.
I wore this white blouse when I was visiting the Eiffel Tower and then had a nice dinner.
How do you dress for Paris when you know you will be walking all day long? My answer is stylish flats, especially white flats, but not your gym shoes.
Bring a pair of fancy and comfy shoes for a polished vibe. I wore these Chanel flats for some nice dinners and many other looks during my stay in Paris.
The casual bag: It is also very important to have a carry-it-all bag that can fit everything you need for a whole day of walking.
You can read more about this unique tiger bag here and find out where to order.
This See by Chloe is sold out, so I linked similar ones from this brand.
The formal bag:
3) Accessorize like a Parisian
Bright red lips:
French people love scarves:
Chic Sunglasses and fun earrings:
You have seen this pair of white Fendi sunglasses many times here.
Ok, I have talked enough. Now, it is quiz time! You should know that I am a teacher. 😉 Look at all the outfits that I wore when I was in Paris, what patterns can you see?…… Fine, I will be a nice teacher this time and tell you the answer. Try to dress like a Parisian, make sure to stick with neutral colors, but use a pop of colors with accessories. I hope you find this post is useful! 🙂
You can read all my What To Wear series including what I have worn when I traveled around the world and for special occasions. Hope those posts will be helpful for you! 🙂
Photos credited: Grace Liang
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