When I started trying to figure out what to pack for my weekend in Paris, I had a really hard time finding very much info on what to pack. I googled, pintrested (is that a word?), and asked bloggers. Alas, I was left without a list and did my best to figure it out.
When I got back, I got questions about my outfits from people also wanting to decide what to pack for Paris in the winter. So, I decided to put my outfits together into a post! Before I get to the outfits, I want to just let you know about a few things when you are deciding to pack...
Paris is known for its rain in the winter. Plan ahead for this! Thankfully, it stayed sunny the whole time we were there and we did not need our rain gear.
We brought a few items to help with the possibility of rain:
- water proof black boots
- fold-able ponchos
The other thing you should know is that it is cold and windy. If I were to compare it to a US city, I would say it is similar to New York City. It was in the 30s pretty much the whole time we were there. This meant layering, gloves, hats, and scarves were a must. I brought a pea coat and wore sweaters and long sleeves underneath. This was enough layering even with our walking around to keep me warm. We also brought thermal socks to keep our feet warm. I was not prepared in this area and ended up borrowing socks from my mom!
What the Parisians Wear
There were a few things I noticed that the French were wearing that I think I should mention here. However, these ladies were walking to and from the metro or work - not walking around the city sightseeing for hours. Some of their choices were not suitable for being a tourist walking through the literal freezing cold in Paris. However, they were fabulous.
- Fur - we saw lots of people in fur. Fur coats, hats, scarves, vests, fur is popular!
- Tights - I have to admit, this was a shocker for me. It's so cold!
- Pea coats or puffy coats - People are not picky about this and you will see people in all different types of coats
- Lots of black - It was definitely the color of choice
- High boots - There were many women wearing boots to their knees with tights and skirts.
Honestly, everyone in Paris looks fabulous. Maybe it is the Paris vibe of love constantly in the air, but I just thought everyone was so well dressed and put together.
What I Wore
So these are my outfits that I wore. In addition to the items I show, I also wore gloves, thermal socks, a sweater, and my pea coat each day. Yes, I wore the same gloves and coat every day. Who wants to pack more than one coat for a trip? They take up so much space! I had a hard time deciding which coat to bring, my puffy or my pea coat. Ultimately I decided on my pea coat because it is easier to move around in.
Vintage turtleneck+high rise jeans from Urban Outfitters+hat from local DC market (Eastern Market)+Lucky Brand boots + blanket scarf from Target
long sleeve turtle neck from J. Crew + black skinny jeans from H&M + Soda brand black boots + grey hat and white scarf from Peru
lace long sleeve shirt from H&M + High rise jeans from Urban Outfitters + Lucky Brand Boots + Red hat and black scarf from World Market (borrowed from my mom!)
I wore the same two cardigans every day under my coat in these basic colors because they so easily go with everything. The hats and gloves I brought for the same reason. I only brought one necklace which went with 2 of the 3 outfits I brought. The purse I carried was also one that went with everything and fit everything perfectly. It's a mid-sized cross body purse that has a few pockets on the inside to keep things organized as well.
I did bring my GoPro on this trip. I was torn at first because I see a GoPro many times as best for adventure travel. However, I was really happy with how the photos turned out on my GoPro from this trip and am so happy I brought it along! If you have one or are thinking about getting one, don't be afraid to take city shots with it too!
So there are my outfits and tips on packing for Paris in winter! What else would you pack or did you pack? Would love to hear your thoughts!