What to Wear in Paris

Hey everyone. So I’ve had a bit of a blogging hiatus recently.  I have been working hard at launching a new photography brand which I can’t wait to share with you in my next post! This combined with moving house and getting settled into a new life has taken a lot of time and energy and not left much time for writing.  I love to write though and I love fashion and travel so will indulge in blogging as much as I can!

My trip to Paris may have been back in the cold month of January but thoughts of my time there still linger with me. Like every girl planning a trip to Paris, thinking about what to wear was a key consideration. Obviously this is fairly dictated by what you plan to do when you get there and the time of year. Knowing it was likely to be pretty chilly there in January it stood to reason that boots, gloves and a warm coat would be coming with me!

However, it seems that there are few style rules to follow if you want to truly embrace the classic Parisian woman’s dress code. Fans of a more neutral palette when it comes to what to wear, favouring colours such black, grey, camel and khaki, they also tend to stick to a no more than three colours rule, adding a splash of colour to their outfit with the addition of a bright scarf or handbag.

In order to stand apart from the large tourist crowd in Paris, wearing an outfit that is tailored and chic and avoiding UGG boots, tracksuit bottoms and brightly mixed colours together is essential.

In colder months Parisian women stick to stylish boots worn with their darker denim jeans but come Spring, colourful ballerina flats are often the footwear of choice, mixing comfort with style. Neutral cashmere jumpers are an essential wardrobe staple worn all year round by women in Paris, combined with a lightweight scarf, jeans and ballerina flats to create a look that is pure understated elegance.

The unpredictable weather in Spring means layering and packing a stylish coat or jacket is essential. Trench coats never go out of fashion in Paris no matter what the time of year, however, having worn one myself in January, I would advise on something warmer in Winter. Despite wearing three layers of clothing underneath mine, I was still freezing and underestimated quite how icy the wind would be. The black wool Ted Baker coat I’m wearing opposite was by far a more sensible choice for that time of year!

In Spring, pack long sleeved tops along with your t-shirts to combine with a long skirt or tailored trousers and ankle boots (or sandals / ballet pumps if it’s warm). Parisians love to wear black so try to create a capsule wardrobe that includes this colour and add colour with your accessories whether it be a belt, scarf, bag or shoes.

Finally, no Parisian woman would be seen in the sunshine without a great pair of sunglasses to complete her look, so don’t forget to pack a pair or two!


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