As Paris-born, I often get asked by friends what to wear when visiting Paris. The city is internationally known for its fashion, glamour and elegance. So it’s no surprise that people try to live up to its perceived standards and dress the part when visiting The City of Lights.
The truth is that Paris is nothing like what you see in the movies. You are going to need more than a beret and a navy striped shirt to dress like a la Parisienne. So I thought you might like the heads up on the cultural specificities that characterises Paris. If you are visiting the city for the first time, here are a few things you may need to know before you start packing.
A few basic Parisian style tips you may need to know
Sure, Paris is one of the biggest fashion capitals of the world. But one thing you will quickly notice is that the typical Parisian look is far more classic and conservative than any other fashion capitals such as London or New-York. While daring looks dominate the Paris catwalks, tailored cuts and dark colours generally prevail in the Parisian streets.
So if you want to blend in with the fashionable crowd and not draw attention for the wrong reasons, you may want to avoid flashy colours or unconventional outfits.
If you are looking for a bit of an edge, you may find your happiness in a few areas such as Le Marais, Etienne Marcel or Le Canal St- Martin. These are known for their village fashion and vintage boutiques, and are particularly popular among hipsters and edgy fashionistas.
Like many European cities, Paris is made of cobblestone streets. Whilst they give an authentic charm to the city, they can also be a real nightmare for any heel lovers. So if you are looking to make the most Paris with the minimum discomfort, pack some comfortable clothes and shoes.
Here’s what I would suggest to wear in Paris this spring:
- A trench coat or a denim jacket
- One or two blouses
- A few cotton T-shirts
- Neutral coloured jeans, pants
- A tailored cut jumpsuit or nice evening dress
- A pair of trendy loafers or trainers
If you are travelling to Paris this summer, I would also pack the following:
- A pair of sandals
- A straw hat
- A cropped trouser
- A few playsuits or midi dresses
- Well fitted shorts or skirts
Try to avoid booty shorts, revealing or super short clothing. They may fit well in some parts of South of France, but not in Paris.
Similarly, if you are going for a night out, try to avoid any glitters or exuberant outfits unless if you want to get all eyes on you.
Here are a couple outfit ideas for a night out
I hope you found this list useful. Feel free to share your outfit ideas with me and share the love on Facebook, Pinterest or Twitter!