Well known as one of the fashion capitals of the world, Paris is a stunner in all seasons, so, it’s very important to dress to impress at all times. When deciding what to wear to Paris, it is important to remember that Parisian style is tailored and chic and yet conservative with an edge. Neutral colors are the most loved shades with ‘no more than 3 colors’ being the thumb rule. The key to Parisian style is fabric, fit, and accessories.
Avoid things like USG boots, clunky tennis shoes, flip flops, and sweatpants if you do not want to look like a tourist. Parisian clothes look presentable at all times, hence keep your clothes comfortable yet feminine and graceful. Of course, it’s always more practical to dress up as per the weather. The general everyday fashion of Paris is dressier than American fashion. Something like a dressy top or a work top paired with well fitted dark colored jeans are a preferred style of clothing in Paris.
Like in any other country, France has its own weather conditions and the dressing style changes accordingly. Spring in Paris is always unpredictable. And it goes without saying, always check the weather before you travel. Try and leave location specific costumes at home. For example, leave the beach wear to the beach and gym wear to the gym. Don’t wear those when you are out and about in Paris.
If you are planning to visit Paris in the summers, then be prepared for really hot summers. But summers can be quite unpredictable too! A pleasant morning can suddenly turn to an afternoon of down pour, so make sure you pack an umbrella, a light weight raincoat, or a sleek trench coats
. That said, summers are a good season for tourists. It’s the perfect season for a boat tour of the Seine or the Paris canals and waterways. You may wear neutral colors and avoid jarring hues and prints. To eliminate the need to pack excessively, select a simple color pallet so you can easily mix and match. Try a white shirt and dark denims, high waisted if you want a truly chic look, and top it with a structured blazer. Monochrome dresses and tailored skirts will also give a chic look. For the night, make sure you’re carrying a leather jacket or a sweater as temperature tends to drop at nights.
The winters are not a very convenient time for tourism as the weather can be quite cold. January and February are the coldest months. The best way to pack for Paris in winters is to bring a warm coat, a warm scarf, and a wool hat. Also make sure you bring along turtlenecks, woolen ponchos and over-sized cardigan as a second layer.
Shoes are a very important part of an ensemble. Sneakers and flats
are the most comfortable shoes no matter where you are, especially when you are in Paris. Do bring your heels
, but only for activities where you need to dress up, say, a dinner in a chic Parisian restaurant or a fashion show.
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