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How to Pack for a Weekend in Paris: Autumn and Winter

November 29, 2017

Since Paris is always a good idea, the city of lights is delightful no matter what time of year you decide to visit. I happen to think that it’s extra charming in the fall and winter as the temperature drops and the city gears up for the holiday season! I recently took a brief weekend trip to Paris and I want to share my thoughts on how to pack warm, fashionable clothes for the chillier months! Follow this guide and you’re sure to stay nice and warm while looking super cute on the charming streets of the city of lights! (Bonus: this packing list is designed for a carry on so you won’t have to worry about bulky checked baggage weighing you down!)

How to Pack for Paris

1. Undies, Bras, Camisoles, Pajamas (Not Pictured)

These things are a given and naturally come with you on any trip. Pack a few of your favorites and you’re good to go!

2. Tops

i. Sweaters are your best friend for chilly Parisian weather. For a weekend trip I recommend bringing a warm pullover and a stylish oversized cardigan!

ii. Elegant long sleeved blouses are another excellent option for a couple of days in Paris. These classic pieces are perfect for playing along with the sophisticated elegance of the city! Plus, they’re sure to make your Instagram pictures pop!

iii. The third type of top I would pack for a quick trip to Paris during the colder, rainier fall/winter season is a plain      long-sleeved black tee! This item is anything but basic when paired with some great accessories, plus it’s an insulating layer that’s guaranteed to keep you toasty and warm!

3. Bottoms and A Dress

i. You can’t go to Paris in the fall without a cute pair of black jeans. These are a must have because in addition to being a nice, warm choice they pretty much go with any top you could imagine!

ii. If you’re extra like me and want to take some super cute pics in front of the Eiffel Tower, a blush maxi skirt is your best friend.  A beautiful maxi skirt pairs perfectly with warmer tops like sweaters and long sleeved tees and covers enough of your legs to keep you pretty warm!

iii. Be sure to pack a cute dress for a night out on the town! Nightlife in Paris is great you can look great while staying warm by pairing a stunning dress with a warm coat…more on coats next!

4. Coats

i. You can never go wrong by bringing a double-breasted wool coat to Paris. It’s sure to keep your warm, especially at night when the temperature drops, and it’s a classic, girly piece that will allow you to stroll, shop and sip in style. My first choice is blush, however black is an excellent choice as well!

ii. Motorcyle jackets and Paris are a match made in heaven. Mine was a major lifesaver during my trip and it gave my feminine outfits a fun, edgy vibe. This option is also a little more water resistant if you get stuck in the rain!

5. Accessories

i. The number one thing I recommend that you take with you to Paris in the fall or winter is a nice, thick blanket scarf. I don’t know who invented the blanket scarf but I want to give them a huge hug! This warm yet fashionable accessory will be super handy for blocking out the cold as you walk along the Seine on a chilly evening.

ii. When it comes to shoes, booties are the way to go! They can be dressed up or down and will provide warmth and comfort as you stroll the streets of Paris. You can never go wrong with black but blush or camel are great options too!

iii. A nice anti-theft backpack is great item to bring to Paris. It will save you from having to carry along a large tote bag all day if you’re not the lightest traveler. Make sure you get one that has some security features to avoid petty theft.

iv. To make sure your beauty bag is ready for the city of lights I would recommend packing your favorite highlighter palette and some Coco Chanel fragrance. This way you’ll smell amazing and sparkle like the Eiffel itself!

v. An umbrella is also a must on your trip to Paris. The city is known for its temperamental skies and it’s very possible that rain will be in the forecast. Stay one step ahead of the weather buy having a good, wind-resistant umbrella handy!

So there you have it! That’s my take on what to pack for a trip to Paris in the cooler months. Let me know if you found this post helpful and if you know anyone who’s planning a holiday trip to Paris be sure to share this post with them!


  • Michelle @ And Then We Tried

    November 30, 2017 at 1:50 pm

    Love that backpack! Which one is your favorite? I’m always looking for new little backpacks. Same with moto jackets, got any links?


      December 1, 2017 at 5:00 pm

      Honestly I find a lot of cute backpacks in little boutiques around Europe! And my motto jacket is from Nordstrom’s rack but I got this summer a at Labor Day sale! But I would definitely check out Nordstrom for a cute one this time of year!

  • Rachel R Ritlop

    November 30, 2017 at 2:07 pm

    Ahh such great suggestions! I love all your picks too! super Parisian!


      December 1, 2017 at 4:58 pm

      It really is! The city has a special twinkle around the holiday season!

  • Alex

    November 30, 2017 at 3:19 pm

    Love these options! I would love to visit paris during this time of year. It seems so beautiful!

  • Emily Chaumont

    November 30, 2017 at 5:07 pm

    I love how elegant and emblematic of Parisian style your suggestions are! I’d personally pack tons of turtlenecks because not only do they look elegant af but also keep you warm!


      December 1, 2017 at 4:57 pm

      Yes! Turtlenecks are a great pick, they really keep the chill out!

  • Rachel

    November 30, 2017 at 8:38 pm

    So chic! Love all of these picks!

  • McKenna bleu

    December 1, 2017 at 10:04 am

    Loving all the blush colors you posted! My fave!

  • Cameron – Diary of a Southern Millennial

    December 1, 2017 at 11:41 am

    I went to Paris in the summer and I was so glad I brought light clothing! I definitely wasn’t expecting it to be so warm. Definitely keeping this list handy if we ever go back!


      December 1, 2017 at 4:56 pm

      I really want to go back in the spring or summer to experience better weather!

  • nicole leigh

    December 2, 2017 at 5:07 pm

    I’m big into packing tonssss of accessories when I travel. they’re smaller than clothes, and can make/break any #ootd. love your packing recommendations! x, nicole //

  • Audrey Marie

    December 3, 2017 at 6:28 pm

    I’m drooling over that wool coat! I’ve been to Paris in twice: once in the Spring and one during the late Summer. I’d love to go in the winter and see it lit up for the holidays.

  • nicholle

    December 4, 2017 at 7:53 am

    I’ve always wanted to travel to Paris! I’ve heard comfy shoes are a must!

  • Kayla

    December 4, 2017 at 1:50 pm

    I haven’t been to Paris in years but I’m dying to go back!

    Kayla |

  • Logan

    December 4, 2017 at 2:47 pm

    I’m loving this little capsule collection that you created! Blush is one of my favorite colors when it comes to clothes, and it’s so easy to incorporate with neutrals as well. When I visited Paris last summer it was oddly cold and I would have loved to have worn any of these outfits!

    Logan |

  • Allison

    December 4, 2017 at 10:14 pm

    Oh to be traveling to Paris! I love this list and would love it even more if I had a trip to Paris planned!

  • Michelle Paige

    December 5, 2017 at 11:34 pm

    I love all of these pieces you pulled! They are all so perfect but I am especially in love with those booties!

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