What to Wear in Paris
Feeling intimidated by French fashion? If you're wondering what to pack for Paris as a tourist, check out my easy tips on the staples you do not want to forget.
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What to Wear in Paris: Where to begin?
Of all the things that intimidated me about traveling to France, embarrassingly, having stylish clothes was right at the top of the list.
And yes, #2 on the list was finally utilizing my French language skills, which were certainly a bit rusty since college. To see how the French language piece went, and how you can impress the Parisians, even if you don't speak French, check out my post 5 Ways to Charm the French.
Of course, as it turns out, the French were even more wonderfully well-dressed than I had been expecting - and thankfully I had all the right things in the suitcase, if largely, admittedly, by accident!
What to Wear in Paris:
When we visited Paris in the fall, I saw mostly slightly cropped ankle pants, such as these. I would definitely not recommend rocking work-out gear/PJ's in public. You might even be asked to leave a restaurant if you wear pajamas in public.
Personally, I would avoid blue jeans, unless they fit extremely well, and are dressed-up with the rest of your outfit. If you are younger and cooler than me, a lot of the younger set were rocking the really light-washed 80's looking wash, a bit short, with giant tennis shoes. If you do wear jeans, be mindful that there are at least some restaurants with dress codes forbidding jeans - not many, but if you're going somewhere fancy, it's worth checking.
What to Wear in Paris:
Stylish loafers and booties
And, finally, regardless of the season, you can't go wrong with boots and booties in Paris! I love Blondo boots because they come in *waterproof* options and I can walk in them all day, rain or shine!
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What to wear in Paris: Chic dresses
My most recent find is the Rowena Swing Dress from Wool&. It's lightweight, yet warm, and wool that doesn't itch or get that stale wool smell (who knew that existed?) and, it's got a great, structured look, with pockets. Perfect for Paris!
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Will be traveling end of May/early June would booties
Still be ok? Looking for cute comfortable flats. Are dinners
More dressy then in the states?
Hi Lisa, thanks for stopping by! Yes, I think you could definitely pull off some booties (regular boots might be a bit too toasty, depending on what you're used to and the amount of walking). Dinners are definitely most formal than in the states - and really so is everything - I rarely saw actual dress codes, but people were far more dressed up than we are used to over here. Go a few steps above what you would normally do to go out for dinner. Bon voyage!
Thank you so much! I really appreciate the comment! And here's to many more trips to Paris to try it out! ;)
Isn't it the best?? I think my scarf collection as quadrupled since my first trip to France <3 Thanks so much for stopping by!! xx
Just wonderingbonjour is only used in the morning? O r is it used through your the day?
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