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Wondering what to wear in Paris? Need inspiration for a Paris outfit? This packing list will help you plan for your dream trip. With a stylish Parisian capsule wardrobe, you won’t look out of place with these tips!


What to Pack for Paris



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We want you to have a stress-free travel experience, and the main goal of this article is to help you plan your packing choices in an efficient way so you won’t be unprepared for your trip and know how to dress in Paris.

You’ll find insight on general Parisian attire, in addition to visual examples of the type of clothing you might want to wear based on the weather and how to build a Paris wardrobe.

As a bonus, you will also learn some general travel tips including safety precautions such as using anti-theft products like this that can help you feel less stressed during your travels.


For more ideas on what to wear in Paris, please read:



Please use the visuals in this post as a guideline to help you create Paris outfits and choose corresponding items based on your own style and clothing preferences.






Travelon Anti-theft Signature 3 Compartment Crossbody Bag | Calpak Kaya Laptop Backpack


What do people wear in Paris?


When considering how to dress in Paris, it is important to remember that the city style is tailored and chic, yet conservative with an edge. Parisians love neutral colors and adhere to the “No more than 3 colors” rule.

To avoid standing out as a tourist on the Parisian streets, avoid items like original UGG boots, clunky tennis shoes, flip flops, and baggy sweatpants. Paris clothes look presentable at all times; your goal is to maintain a comfortable look, while exuding femininity and edge.


These are some popular shoes for Paris!


As with most destinations, practical sense applies and choosing clothing based on the weather should always be a priority over fashion. 

In general, Paris everyday fashion is more dressy than American style. This DOES NOT mean business clothing. For Paris clothing styles, think dressy top (or the type of top you’d wear to work) plus nice jeans (dark colors are always a good choice). In general, relaxed but polished pants are seen everywhere, specifically wide leg pants or wide leg jeans, or opt for comfortable jeans to complete your Paris attire.

When choosing Paris outfits for girls and women, leave the beachwear on the beach because it doesn’t translate well to streetwear in the city. The same goes for gym wear; unless you’re actually headed to the gym, don’t dress in your gym attire as the locals will instantly recognize you as a tourist for the lack of effort that has been put into your wardrobe.




Eddie Bauer Girl On The Go Trench Coat (Plus) | Cole Haan Hooded Coat with Detatchable Faux Fur Trim


What should I wear in Paris?


The most important factors in planning and packing for Paris are the activities you’ll be doing on your trip AND the weather.

Always, always, always check the weather forecast before your trip. What to wear in Paris now could be different a week later. Nothing will ruin your trip faster than being unprepared with the wrong clothing for the weather. Paris summer fashion is very different than winter fashion.

Once you’ve researched the weather, you can focus on creating a capsule travel wardrobe, which should easily fit in a carryon suitcase with the help of packing cubes to compress your clothing.




Vionic Uptown Hybrid Penny Loafer  | Sorel Joan Now Chelsea Boots


What are the best shoes for Paris?


One unexpected issue that many travelers discover once they get to Europe are the cobblestone streets.

While great to look at, stone streets aren’t always the easiest to walk on and can make for sore feet even if you don’t normally have discomfort. Depending on the city, these streets can also be hilly, slippery when wet, and uneven.

White sneakers and sneakers in general are being seen everywhere, as are chunkier heeled boots and chunky loafers. Something with a more sturdy, thicker heel would be good for the cobblestones.




 Veja Recife Logo SneakersVionic Copal Kirra Sandals


In addition, we all love to dress up, but avoid heels because they’ll leave you feeling uncomfortable. Opt for wedges if you must bring a heel. Do include one pair of shoes and one outfit that can be worn for dining out or experiencing the local nightlife.

As with your clothes, plan your shoes based on the weather and your planned activities. Choose no more than two to three pairs of shoe in neutral colors that can mix and match with all your clothing.

Make sure your sightseeing shoes are broken in properly. Opt for a pair that is comfortable and you can wear it for hours without discomfort.


Popular shoe options include (click each item below for suggested styles):


Read this post about the how to choose the best walking shoes for Europe.



Below you’ll find helpful seasonal clothing tips and suggested packing lists that you can use as a guideline to prepare for a trip to Paris:




Longsleeve | Tee | Shirt | Cardigan | PantsDress | Trench Coat | Jeans | Bag | Scarf | Boots | Shoes


What to Wear in Paris in Spring (March, April, May)?


Spring in Paris is always unpredictable, so be prepared for anything and pack an item for all the elements. Always check the weather before you travel. What to wear in Paris in March may still reflect winter styles, as will what to wear in Paris in April. Paris May weather is when it finally starts to warm up. 

If you’re wondering what to wear in Paris in May, bring a mixture of styles for warm and cool days.


Start by reading these general tips on packing for spring travel:




Shop Sizes XXS-3X: J.Crew Perfect Fit Longsleeve Crewneck T-Shirt


Tops for Spring


Readers say that the weather in spring can from the 50 to 70°F, so the key is to layer, layer, layer! Because in the morning it can be a bit chilly, but turn warm in the afternoon, and also, the occasional rain shower is possible without notice, too.

Opt for long sleeve tops or t-shirts because they’re great to mix and match with your bottoms and they can be layered with a sweater or cardigan. A reader fave is the J. Crew long sleeve tee. It’s versatile to dress up or down, and ideal for layering!




Shop Sizes XS-3X: Spanx Low Maintenance Silk Button Down


Since Paris is the city of classic tailoring, a functional white button shirt is chic, and also layer-able. This Spanx low maintenance silk shirt is made from Bombay and is able to be washed with no problem! 




Shop Sizes XXXS-3X: J.Crew Cashmere Patch-Pocket Cardigan Sweater


Add a cardigan sweater or a pullover sweater to layer up your outfits and remove them and tuck them in your day bag if you get too hot during a day of sightseeing. 


Read these tips on how to pack for transitional weather.




Shop Sizes 6-18: Kut from the Kloth Meg Fab Ab High Waist Ankle Wide Leg Jeans


Bottoms for Spring


Remember to choose your travel pants based on the sightseeing  you have planned. Overall, wide leg pants or jeans are seen on the streets of Paris, so choose a comfy pair that are breathable and durable. 

The KUT From the Kloth soft and stretchy and even has a bit of ab compression for sleek styling! Plus, they are super stylish.




Shop Sizes 00-26: Athleta Brooklyn Mid Rise Ankle Pants


If you want something a bit slimmer and chicer, still remember to invest in pants that are functional.

The Athleta Brooklyn ankle pants are an elevated take on a classic jogger, with a more tailored fit and sleek fabric. But these pants are perfect for any traveler: they’re lightweight and breathable!




Shop Sizes XS-XL: Quince Comfort Stretch Trench Coat


Jackets for Spring


While some days can be sunny and moderately warm, springtime in Paris still has rain showers. So, aim for a waterproof rain jacket or one that’s at least water resistant. In fact, the most popular type to wear in the city of romance is a trench coat.

Quince water resistant trench has classic styling with all the modern details, and can keep the rain away. Users say it’s super comfortable and the fabric stretches and doesn’t constrict, plus it looks so sleek! 




Shop Sizes XS-XL: Orvis Pack-And-Go Jacket


If you want a jacket that isn’t a trench, a lightweight, packable rain jacket is perfect for Paris spring weather. 

TFG readers love this jacket by Orvis. You can tighten it at the waist for a more fitted look or you can wear it more cinched and still be able to add plenty of layers underneath. This is great for when temperatures start to dip a little lower than expected and the material will dry fast for the next thing you have on your agenda. Even if you take a rain jacket, still pack a travel umbrella, as it’ll keep you extra dry.


Find out why ankle boots are perfect for Europe in Spring!




Shop Sizes 1X-4X: Caslon Tie Front Cotton Gauze Maxi Dress


Dresses for Spring


Maxi dresses are perfect to wear under a light jacket on warmer days. Opt for a dress in figure-flattering black. Parisians love neutral colors, especially wearing black, so try to produce a capsule wardrobe in black, to which you can add a touch of color with your accessories (your scarf, belts, or handbag.)

And if you want to feel a little more French, pack your prettiest undergarments into your wardrobe. It will leave you feeling glamorous!


Be prepared for anything with these stylish travel raincoats for women!




Blondo Dakota Waterproof Bootie


What shoes should I wear in Paris in spring?


Since showers are possible, wearing waterproof shoes is recommended but don’t buy ones made of rubber; instead choose leather ankle boots, which are the best shoe option for travel to Europe in spring. 

The Blondo Dakota waterproof ankle boots repel rain (and even splash from puddles), have a lot of support, and look chic with long skirts or dresses.




Sorel ONA 503 Everyday Low Shoes


Cute sneakers have been spotted on numerous women in Paris, so if you go for one, choose something chic but waterproof (in case of rain). The Sorel ONA waterproof sneakers are fashion forward, sleek looking, comfortable and will keep your feet dry while out and about.

Readers have also packed the Vessi waterproof sneakers and the On Cloud waterproof sneakers for spring in Paris, too!

While not recommended for all day sightseeing, ballet flats are also a good option should you want a dressier pair of shoes on your trip for warmer days or evenings. 



Paris Packing List for Spring








BlouseShirt | Tank | Jacket | Pants | Skirt | Shorts | Dress | Crossbody | Hat | Sandals | Sneaker


What to Wear in Paris in Summer (June, July, August)?


Paris in the summertime can get very hot, but the weather is unpredictable and it can turn chilly. What to wear in Paris in June will definitely differ from July and August. The hottest time of day is mid to late afternoon. Check the weather and bring a light jacket if you need to.


Start by reading these general tips on packing for summer travel:




Shop Sizes XS-XL: Quince 100% European Linen Tank


Tops for Summer


While a nice black tee is great for June, when it does get a bit hotter in July and August, fabrics like linen, cotton, and rayon will keep you cooled off and are breathable as temperatures rise. Summers in Europe have become hotter and hotter! 

This Quince European linen tank is soft, airy, and versatile enough to go with anything!




Shop Sizes XS-XL Loveappella Faux Wrap Top


To add a bit of Parisian style, choose more elevated, but breathable tops. This timeless Loveappella faux wrap top is light enough for day excursions and can be dressed up for evenings out.  You could also add merino wool t-shirts and tank tops as great basics.




Shop Anthropologie: Sizes 23-34 (Regular, Tall, & Petite) | 16W-26W Plus


Bottoms for Summer


The best travel pants for Paris ought to be lightweight and durable enough to handle sightseeing and more elegant outings at night.

Wide leg pants are on trend, and readers adore the Anthropologie Colette wide leg pants feel just as lovely as they look, made from a dreamy linen blend that’s both elegant and comfortable. The cropped, wide leg design is modern and flattering, too.




Shop Sizes XXS-3X J.Crew Gwyneth Slip Skirt


Readers also highly suggest linen pants for Paris because they’re practical for the weather and effortlessly elevated. But also, add in maxi or mid skirts to your packing list. 

The J.Crew Gwyneth slip skirt is chic, but versatile enough to go with fashion sneakers or sandals.




Sizes XXS-XL: Carve Designs Macy Dress


Dresses or Jumpsuits for Summer


Bring out your dresses–they will be airy and elegant  in Paris during this season! Cotton, rayon, and linen are the most comfortable in the heat. Add a belt for a feminine, polished fit. If you prefer maxi dresses or midi dresses, those all work and are a matter of style and preference.

Take, the Carve Macy dress! It’s breathable at 100% rayon, very light, yet has a cute tie belt to add more polish. 




Shop Sizes XS-XL: Quince 100% European Linen Button Front Dress


One reader swears by the Quince washable silk maxi dress as something she wore constantly in Paris. And because it’s easy to clean, it will also make it a breeze to travel with! 

If you don’t want to wear silk or rayon, linen dresses is truly the best choice for the heat, which is why TFGs also recommend the Quince Linen Button Front dress is one of the most popular picks.




Shop Sizes 0-16: Athleta Brooklyn Heights Wide Leg Jumpsuit


And, of course, don’t discount rompers or jumpsuits. They make instant outfits, and if you’re choosing the right fabrics, you won’t overheat. Stick to technical fabrics, cotton, or linen.

The newest fave is the Athleta Brooklyn wide leg jumpsuit, which can be dressed up with white sneakers or comfy walking sandals and is very breathable, moisture wicking, quick drying, and has UPF 50.  




Shop Sizes XXXS-3X: J.Crew New Classic Denim Jacket


Jackets for Summer


To ensure you are prepared for unpredictable weather, don’t forget a light summer jacket or compact umbrella. Save museums for rainy days to make the most out of your trip.

A jean jacket is a timeless option that goes with everything and is the perfect weight for summer nights. The J. Crew classic denim jacket is high quality and tailored to perfection, with a stylishly relaxed fit. 




Shop Sizes XXS-2X: Tommy Bahama Two Palms Linen Raw-Edge Jacket


Readers love linen blazers and linen jackets for their Parisian summer travels, as they offer coverage and a bit of warmth without feeling too hot. 

Tommy Bahama’s gorgeous linen jacket is super popular and features stylish raw edges, a comfy, lightweight feel, and a polished fit. 

Lastly, accessorize with sunglasses, a summer scarf, and jewelry–subtle yet stylish–to give you a touch of color. Choose minimalist jewelry (not too expensive or flashy) that reflects your own individuality and sense of style. Less is more.




Aetrex Jess Orthopedic Adjustable Quarter Strap Sandals


What shoes should I wear in Paris in summer?


Pack a pair of comfortable summer sandals or canvas sneakers for all-day sightseeing and a pair of open-toe heeled wedges for a fancy night out. Note that locals don’t appreciate flip-flops being worn anywhere but seaside.

In summer, many events are outside as many venues have gardens and al fresco spaces with evening cocktail parties and happy hours. These are the best times to wear your favorite cocktail dress and enjoy the summer breeze.




SOUL Naturalizer Turner Platform Slip On Fashion Sneaker


A Paris summer calls for slip on sneakers, because they’re a little less formal, but still polished enough to go with pocket dresses or long shorts

The SOUL Naturalizer Turner slip ons have custhioning, style, and a chic side zip that makes them easy to wear, plus they come in a variety of sizes, such as narrow, wide, and extra wide.

Ballet flats are also a good option should you want a dressier pair of shoes on your trip for warmer days or evenings.  


This is a selection of the best sandals for travel in summer – our top recommendation for a summer trip to Paris!



Paris Packing List for Summer








Tee | Sweater 1 | Sweater 2 | JacketPants | Dress | Rain Jacket | Jeans | Scarf | Bag | Loafer | Boot


What to Wear in Paris in Fall (September, October, November)?


In autumn, the weather is cool and Paris is beautiful. If you’re wondering what to wear in Paris in September, bring a few summer clothes for leftover summer weather. Autumn colors create a picturesque setting; however, as in spring, the seasons are unpredictable.

For what to wear in Paris in October, take advantage of grey skies and pack a vivid pink or red coat for a beautiful picture in front of the Eiffel Tower!


Start by reading these general tips on packing for autumn travel:




Shop Sizes XS-3X: Wool& Morgan V-Neck Tee


Tops for Fall 


Thought the weather starts to cool down in the fall in Paris, there are warm moments in September when you can still wear a tee. The key is to layer with a cardigan or a sweater, especially at night when the temperature can drop.

A good balance of warmth and breathability is this Wool& Morgan v-neck t-shirt. It won’t retain odors and it will add a bit more heat to your core, while also being moisture wicking.




Shop Sizes XXS-XXXL: Everlane The Cashmere Classic Crew Sweater


You can pair your tees with a cute cashmere sweater, like this Classic Cashmere from Everlane. Put it over a tee, or wear it solo or just stow it in your backpack and take it out if the weather turns colder.  




Shop Sizes XS-3X: Spanx The Perfect Pant in Wide Leg


Bottoms for Fall


Fall in Paris means shorter days are coming, so it’s best to be prepared by going for a longer length pant, which will look fabulous with ankle boots or chunky sneakers.

The Spanx Perfect wide leg pants are made of a stretch ponte fabric and are pull on, so super easy to wear on flights or when out. If you want a more casual look, the Spanx AirEssentials wide leg pants are equally popular, or if you want to go more glam the Spanx faux leather leggings always stand out but are uber comfy. 




Shop Quince: Sizes XS-XL | 1X-3X


Ponte pants are really great for fall in Paris because they can adapt to the weather and look polished or look fab dressed casually, too!

The Quince Ultra-Strech ponte straigh leg pants are recommended by readers as a perfect catch-all pair that can take you from a flight to the Louvre without fuss and you’ll arrive in a comfy style. Check out Quince’s whole category of ponte pants, as they have different types (flare to wide leg) to suit anyone’s personality.




Shop Sizes XS-3X: Wool& Fiona Fit and Flare


Dresses for Fall


Can you wear dresses in the fall in Paris? Of course! Stick to something that you can layer. Long sleeve dresses can cover the arms, but short sleeve is also great for when there are warm spots to a sightseeing day. The Wool& Fiona dress is made of merino wool and can handle both cold or warm weather changes, and it’s so versatile to wear with boots or sneakers!  

To cover your legs, tights or stockings are ideal to wear underneath dresses. They provide some protection from the elements and modesty in the Parisian streets.




Shop Sizes S-XL: Fraiche by J Tie Waist Long Sleeve Jumpsuit


Pant jumpsuits are feminine and chic. Pair them with a travel blazer or a trench coat for an extra touch of sophistication. We love this Fraiche by J long sleeve jumpsuit for its versatility and soft texture. 

Pack one or two basic tees and long sleeve tops to create layers to mix and match your outfits. And finally, your scarves can add a pop of color to an otherwise neutral wardrobe.




Shop Sizes XS-L: Blanknyc Faux Leather Moto Jacket


Jackets for Fall


Parisians love wearing leather, so use the autumn season to make faux leather your base. It’s not only waterproof, but warm, so you will have added protection from the chill. Consider adding a well-fitted, not boxy faux leather jacket to your wardrobe. 

The BlankNYC faux leather jacket pictured here would look fab with comfortable jeans or pants. And you could top off the look with trendy combat boots (but make sure those boots are comfortable).




Shop Sizes XS-XL: Cole Haan Packable Hooded Rain Jacket


Once October hits, it can definitely rain in Paris then, so having a raincoat on hand is probably wise. This Cole Haan hooded packable rain jacket can be stored in your bag and brought out if it starts to drizzle. It literally packs into a pocket!


If you think you can’t pack light with leather clothing, check out my post on How to Pack for Europe’s Budget Airlines, where I squeezed in my leather and still flew carryon only!




Naturalizer Rena Knee High Riding Boot


What shoes should I wear in Paris in fall?


Readers on the ground report that long boots are alive and well in Paris. Knee high boots can add elegance to a dress or slim pants. 

The Naturalizer Rena tall boot is ideal for anyone who needs extra room in the calf area—with a 13” opening. It has a solid outsole for walking, good cushioning, and a breathable lining, so your feet and legs don’t feel stuffy. Always break in a pair of shoes before traveling, as walking on cobblestones can be hard on the feet. 




Sorel Joan of Arctic Wedge III Zip Boot


Waterproof ankle boots are another fall must for Paris, so look for ones that have good cushioning, a sturdy heel, and won’t slip on surfaces. 

The very stylish Sorel Arctic wedge boots have amazing traction and will stay dry if it pours. If you want something edgier, the Sorel Hi-line combat boots are a TFG fave and would look chic with a faux leather jacket.




Rothy’s The Loafer


Fall is a good time for comfortable loafers, and the Loafer from Rothy’s is the ultimate travel friendly loafer to add polish to your look while keeping your feet happy as you explore Paris. 

Readers can’t get enough of this shoe, lauding its lightweight and flexible fit, durability, and overall amazing comfort.



Paris Packing List for Fall








Turtleneck | Sweater 1 | Sweater 2 | Thermal Top | Coat | Jeans | Down Jacket | Thermal Pants | Gloves | BeanieSneakers | Bootie


What to Wear in Paris in Winter (December, January, February)?


You can expect cold and wet weather during the winter, with occasional days of sun. The weather will definitely impact your choices for what to wear when traveling to Paris.  Layering is essential for colder climates, so pack long sleeve tops, a few sweaters, and even a t-shirt or two to wear underneath your heavy fitted jacket or warm coat.


Start by reading these general tips on packing for winter travel:




Shop Sizes XXS-XXL: Uniqlo Extra Fine Merino Ribbed Turtleneck Long-Sleeve Sweater


Tops for Winter 


It can snow in Paris between January and March, so don’t be unprepared! Turtleneck sweaters or tunics make the ideal warm accompaniment to your winter capsule. 

TFGs highly recommend the Uniqlo extra fine merino wool turtleneck for its economic cost, softness, and warmth. You can wear a packable down jacket over it and wear chic waterproof moto boots to top off your look. 




Shop Sizes XXS-3X: Nadaam Lightweight Cashmere V-Neck Sweater


Merino wool sweaters, cashmere sweaters, and alpaca sweaters are big favorites amongst readers to tackle the chilly winters of Paris.

A reader recommendation for Europe is the Naadam cashmere v-neck. It has a relaxed yet classic look, is uber warm, and will go with literally anything!




Shop Sizes 0-18: prAna Kara Jean


Bottoms for Winter


For winter in Paris, comfortable jeans are perfect, and when tucked into your boots to create the perfect winter look. The PrAna Kara jeans are soft and breathable and move with the body, so you never feel constricted. You could also opt for winter pants that have a more casual look.




Shop Sizes 00-16: J.Crew No. 2 Pencil Skirt in Italian Stretch Wool


Just because you’re visiting Paris in winter doesn’t mean you shouldn’t wear a skirt! A winter skirt is an elegant option that can work day or night, as long as it’s made of a warm material. 

You can’t go wrong with the J.Crew No. 2 Pencil Skirt, which is made of wool. A pencil is classically stylish and will look divine with brown long boots or mid length boots. Just remember to wear tights to stay extra warm. 




Shop Sizes XS-XL: Quince Mongolian Cashmere Turtleneck Sweater Dress


Dresses for Winter


In terms of winter dresses, choose something made of cashmere, polyester, merino wool, or alpaca.

The Quince Mongolian cashmere dress comes in numerous colors and will look fab with fleece lined leggings or merino wool leggings, and, of course, boots!




ibex Woolies Tech Long Sleeve Shirt | ibex Woolies Tech Layer Bottoms


Thermals for Winter


To make sure you stay warm, it’s wise to bring some thermal underwear. The Woolies Tech Long Sleeve Shirt not only works as an excellent base layer under midweights but it can be worn solo as a shirt. While the Woolies Tech Layer Bottoms are described as lightweight and work well under trousers or a dress, so not as heavy as typical tights.  




Terramar Silk Thermasilk Pointelle Scoop Shirt and Pointelle Pants


If you want more lightweight options, try silk thermal underwear. The ones from Terramar are made with 100% silk pointelle knit. Their anti-microbial comfort technology is a plus when you want to re-wear your clothing. The fabric offers optimal warmth but is ultra lightweight. Stay warm without the bulk!





Shop Sizes XS-XL: Steve Madden Women’s Long Chevron Maxi Puffer Coat


Jackets for Winter


While having a down parka is recommended for Paris’ winter months, you may want a non-down option

This Steve Madden Chevron long puffer coat is dripping with style, and users say its fleece lining and wind-resistant exterior make this beauty extra cozy. 




Shop Sizes XS-XXL: Eddie Bauer Microlight Traveler Down Parka


A down-filled option is considered easier to pack (if you’re not wearing your jacket on the flight), so if that’s what you’d prefer fo Paris, this Eddie Bauer Microlight Traveler parka fits the bill! It has 650 fill Responsible Down Standard (RDS), and is uber packable 

Don’t forget to add accessories. They not only add style to your outfit, but warmth! Opt for long, cashmere or silk scarves in the colors of your choice as well as a stylish hat and fingerless gloves. A pair of black leather gloves can look chic as well.




Shop Sizes XS-XL: Quince Italian Wool Classic Single-Breasted Coat


A lot of readers say wool coats are seen frequently in Paris during the winter and while that may seem impractical, wool is fairly sturdy, and unlike other fabrics, wool doesn’t absorb water, so they are more water-resistant.

This pretty Quince Italian classic wool jacket has a convertible zip up collar to turn into a cowl and act as a scarf. Its asymmetrical line is modern, and so beautifully chic for the romantic setting of the city.  




Cougar Villa Lug Platform Bootie


What shoes should I wear in Paris in winter?


If it snows during your trip, opt for a pair of warm winter boots. If it will be cold and rainy without snow, so opt for cute and versatile waterproof leather boots instead.

These Cougar Villa boots has a cheeky lug sole heel, so they’re a great combination of high fashion and practicality—a super elegant choice!  Wearers gush about the cushioned insole, slip resistant, and cold protection from the fleece lining that’ll keep your feet super happy in the cold!




ECCO Soft 7 Chelsea Sneakers


Leather sneakers are also an option for mild days. (Tip: wear skin colored stockings underneath for discreet warmth around your ankles.). High top sneakers have been sighted on the cobblestone streets. 

The ECCO Chelsea high tops are made of smooth nappa leather, with light cushioning, and can be worn with pants or dresses. Use some waterproofing spray to treat them for the weather, and still wear some lightweight merino wool socks.



Paris Packing List for Winter










Away The Carry-On 21″ Suitcase


What is the Best Luggage for Paris?


So the hard part’s out of the way; after much turmoil you’ve finally perfected your packing list for Paris and created a chic capsule collection – now it’s time to get packing! Which luggage will work best for you?

There are various things to consider when choosing the best luggage for Europe including a difference in carry on size, strict weight restrictions, mobility on the cobblestone streets, and long flights of stairs. 

The Away the Carry On 21” fits in overhead compartments and is a clamshell design so you can pack on both sides! It’s durable, pretty, and so functional that readers truly adore it! 




Travelpro Platinum Elite Softside Expandable 20″ Carry on Luggage


The best suitcase to have when traveling Paris is a rigid trolley case, ideally with four castors. The trolley should be divided into two compartments (not just one big compartment) for easy packing. These are easy to travel with on bumpy terrain.

If you want a softside option, the ultimate reader favorite brand is Travelpro. Their Platinum Elite soft luggage 20” has spinner wheels, organizational pockets on the front, has a USB port, can even hold a laptop, and is expandable.  

Read these tips on how to pick a suitcase and consider one of these top brands. Make your life easy by choosing from the most recommended carry on suitcases for Europe.




WANDF 18″ Foldable Travel Duffle Bag


For a European carry on size bag, a backpack is always a good option for those of us who prefer to travel hands-free. Learn how to choose the best travel backpack.

A travel tip for souvenir shopping is to bring a packable duffle bag to store all your goodies. Readers swear by the Wandf packable duffle and say it’s so easy to transport and is useful for other things like hauling laundry, not just gifts or souvenirs. 




Compass Rose Compression Packing Cubes


Depending on how many days or weeks you’re traveling, you may want to use luggage organizers such as packing cubes, which allow optimum use of the space in your luggage, keeping everything organized and in place during your travels, and making the task of unpacking and repacking simple and stress-free. Check out this video on how to organize using packing cubes, it’s incredibly easy! 

Keep in mind that most of Europe’s budget airlines have a carry-on bag allowance of 55cm x 40cm x 20cm. Always check your airlines’ individual baggage rules and regulations in advance.


If you want more resources on what type of suitcase to choose for Paris, start here:




Sherpani Soleil Convertible Travel Backpack


What is the Best Personal Item for Paris?


Among your summer essentials for Paris is a cute day bag that’s comfortable to carry for hours on end and will securely hold your essentials. A lot of readers highly recommend an anti-theft travel purse or a cross body purse, as pickpocketing can be an issue in Paris, especially in crowded areas. 

If you like to keep things light and compact, opt for a small crossbody purse like the Sherpani Soleil convertible backpack. Readers adore Sherpani’s anti-theft purses, and this cute little option is durable yet stylish and affordable, too! 

Slightly larger but still light and compact, Travelon’s Classic Messenger bag is a consistent TFG favorite. It’s neutral in design, so it’ll look great with all of your outfits, and its excellent organization and top-notch security features make it a stellar travel companion. 




Lo & Sons Pearl Crossbody


Another TFG fave is the Lo & Sons Pearl crossbody. It’s made of gorgeous, high-quality leather and boasts great organization and a chic look. Readers say it feels super secure to carry, too. You can’t go wrong with a chic leather purse in Paris! 

If you need some extra space for the day’s essentials or you plan on doing some shopping, opt for an anti-theft backpack to store all you need while deterring any risk of theft. 




BAGSMART Toiletry Bag Travel Bag with Hanging Hook




When traveling to Paris, you’ll need some of the standard, essential toiletries, including:

  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Body wash
  • Moisturizer (face and body)
  • Sunscreen
  • Razor
  • Makeup (we recommend keeping it simple: mascara, concealer, and a lip tint that doubles as a blush)
  • Hair ties and bobby pins
  • Dry shampoo


Worried that all your toiletries, makeup, skincare, and hair styling tools won’t fit into your suitcase? Read these tips on how to travel size toiletries to learn how to make the most of limited space without sacrificing your routine!

We recommend you take the most important products in travel containers like these and try to either buy basics like shampoo and shower gel in Europe or use the items provided by hotels.




Dual Voltage Plavogue Styling Brush


Also, consider your makeup–in many European cities, women opt for natural makeup focusing on a well groomed but not over-the-top appearance.

While a daily salon blow out isn’t necessary, be mindful of your hair and makeup. Find out if it’s necessary to bring a travel blow dryer here or a another popular choices is a blow dryer brush.

When choosing your styling tools, choose items that have dual voltage and bring along a travel adapter for all your electronics. Just make sure to add all these items to your backpacking packing list for Europe so you don’t forget them.


Check out our guide to toiletries for more tips!



What Should I NOT Pack for Paris?


One unexpected issue that many travelers discover once they get to Europe are the cobblestone streets.

While great to look at, stone streets aren’t always the easiest to walk on and can make for sore feet even if you don’t normally have discomfort. Depending on the city, these streets can also be hilly, slippery when wet, and uneven. So, it’s not recommended to pack heels. If you want some more dressy shoes, readers advise bringing wedges



Are Jeans Appropriate to Wear in Paris?


While Europeans tend to dress up more than Americans, you still can wear jeans in Paris. However, avoid acid wash and extremely distressed denim and opt for medium-dark blues and blacks. 


Our readers voted for the best skinny jeans for travel!



Are Leggings Okay to Wear in Paris?


Some travelers love wearing leggings for comfort, but they’re often too casual looking as pants for Paris. If you’re a big fan of leggings, consider pairing a black pair with long tunics during the spring, or wearing them under Paris style dresses and skirts in fall and winter.


Our readers voted for the best leggings for women that travel!



Paris Travel Tips


Before you head on your tour of Paris, check out these frequently asked questions on traveling to Paris.


What’s the best time of year to visit Paris?


While summer offers perfect temperatures, it’s also the busiest time of year for visiting Paris. For this very reason, many experts say fall is the best season to visit Paris because the temperatures are still comfortable but there are fewer tourists.


Weather in Paris


In summer, you can expect sunny days in the 70s and 80s, with temperatures dropping a little into fall. While it doesn’t snow in winter, it gets very cold, and December is the rainiest month.

Never travel without checking the weather forecast as this will be your ultimate packing guide for Paris. Remember that each city will have its own weather pattern so check the forecast for all the destinations you plan to visit.

Use websites such as Accuweather or Holiday Weather for advanced forecasts and don’t forget to check the weather one week and three days before your trip as mother nature doesn’t run on a tight schedule.



What are the best accommodations in Paris?


We love Airbnb for accommodation in Paris. Sign up here for a free $40 credit!

I prefer to book “the entire home” instead of opting for shared accommodation on Airbnb. Aside from safety, I also like to feel like I’m living in the destination. It’s a small taste of local life plus you get more amenities than you would at a hotel such as a kitchen and washing machine.


Read these Airbnb tips for more info!


If you prefer the convenience and comfort of a hotel room, I like using both and Tip: gives you a free night for every ten nights you book!

For hostels, we recommend Hostelworld and Hostelbookers. Always read the reviews before booking to get the best idea if the hostel is right for you. Some are quiet and family friendly while others are known for their party atmosphere.


Not sure about staying at a hostel? Read this.



What’s the Best Way to Get to Paris?


For flights, I like booking through Travelocity or Cheapoair (whichever one’s cheapest). Although I prefer Travelocity because they have a 24 hour money back guarantee.

To maximize your vacation time, fly into the city where you’re starting your trip and out of the city where your trip ends. Many times it’s the same price and saves you from having to spend extra time and money to go back to where you started your trip.


How to Get Around Paris


Paris has a fantastic metro that makes it easy to get around the city and travel throughout the arrondissements. It’s affordable, reliable, and quick.

There is also a bus and train system to get you to and from the airport, as well as to other cities if you expand your travels outside of Paris.

Paris is a very walkable city, and walking allows you to see all the beautiful and old architecture as you explore the city.



Things to Do in Paris


Paris is one of the most amazing cities to visit because there are so many beautiful sites to take in. Follow our recommendations before you travel to Paris.


What are the best sites in Paris to see?

  • Eiffel Tower
  • The Louvre
  • Arc de Triomphe
  • Notre-Dame
  • Luxembourg Gardens
  • Musée d’Orsay
  • Centre Pompidou
  • Catacombs
  • Champs-Élysées


What are the best tours in Paris?


Some travelers prefer the guidance of professionals for planning their trip. If you’re a fan of tours, check out these top tours for Paris.


Where’s the best shopping in Paris?


Paris is synonymous with fashion. It’s a city filled with luxurious designer fashion houses, but if you are looking for more budget-friendly shops, try these: Monoprix, Tati, and City Pharma, where you can get all your basic travel essentials.


For more tips, read this post on shopping in Paris!




Compass Rose Secret Bra Wallet




Safety is a big concern whenever you travel, and in busy, touristy areas like Paris, pickpocketing can be a common occurrence. Taking a few safety precautions can help you feel less stressed during your travels.


How can I stay safe while traveling in Paris?


Be cautious about where you stash your cash so you don’t fall prey to muggings and pickpocketing. Make your clothing theft-proof and choose items with strong zippers. Jeans are handy for this reason: you can put important items, like your wallet and phone, in your front pockets, where it’s very difficult for a wandering hand to snatch it. Add items like the Secret Bra Pocket and Underwear with Pockets to your packing list. You could also buy clothing with hidden pockets to hide valuables even deeper! 

And be mindful of purse snatchers! They either slash the bottom of your bag so the content fall out or slash the strap. Wear your purse strap across your body and the zipper towards the front. For extra security, check out the “theft-proof” bags featured in this post about crossbody purses.


These are articles with other suggested anti-theft products:


Remember, the safest place for your passport is locked in your accommodation. Carry a photocopy or other ID when you’re sightseeing or are out at night.


Read these tips on how to keep your passport safe when you travel!


Suggested Anti-Theft Accessories for Paris



Key Takeaways:


  • In general, day-to-day European style is more dressy than American style, but this does not mean business clothing. A nice blouse and well designed denim is a timeless uniform that can work in Paris just as well as any other part of Europe.
  • Ultimately, choose comfortable, classic clothing that will transcend trends so you can look back at the pictures from your trip with fond memories.
  • With shoes, always choose comfort over fashion as you’ll spend long hours on your feet – don’t forget to break them in!
  • Elevators are not prevalent in local accommodation; be prepared to lift your own luggage up many flights of stairs and steep cobblestone hills.
  • Avoid oversized, heavy luggage if you plan to use trains, buses, or budget flights as storage space is limited. You should be able to maneuver through train stations (and trains) with ease.
  • Pickpockets are prevalent in all tourist cities, be aware of your surroundings and be practical about your belongings.
  • ALWAYS check the weather before you travel.





For more ideas on what to wear in Paris, please read this 10 Step Paris Packing Guide!

What’s in your packing list for Paris? Share in the comment section below!


Please note: Most of Europe’s budget airlines have this carryon bag allowance: 55cm x 40cm x 20cm. Always check your airline’s individual baggage rules and regulations in advance.



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