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!)
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!
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!
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!
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!