Paris Fashion Tips
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Bonjour! Whether you’re a right banker or a left banker, fashion while you’re traveling here can vary quite a bit. It really depends on what your daily plans are. If you plan on trekking around Versailles, then wearing your best jewelry and four inch-heels probably isn’t the best idea. However, if you’re going to dinner at a Michelin star restaurant and seeing the Moulin Rouge afterward, then it definitely could be fun to dress up and make a statement!
You’re going to be walking a lot in Paris. It’s just one of the best ways to explore the city. So a practical and comfortable pair of shoes is a must. I suggest your favorite pair of Adidas and/or a comfortable and secure pair of flat sandals/boots (depending on the season). Remember, a lot of the streets in Paris are cobblestone which is very cute, but not easy to walk on. This goes without saying, but make sure your walking shoes are properly broken in. Nothing ruins a trip like blisters! If you know that you’re going to have a slightly dressier itinerary while you’re here, then go ahead and pack a nice pair of heels. Just bear in mind, the streets of Paris will eat up the bottom of your shoe just like NYC streets do. So if you know you’re going to be walking more than from the Uber to the door, then maybe spare your really good shoes the trauma.
Dress like a local
Locals in Paris generally have a dressier, more conservative, tailored look to them than Americans. They typically stick to more neutral colors and won’t be caught walking the streets in baggy sweatpants or a very revealing tube top. Wearing your gym leggings will make you stand out like a sore thumb. If you really want to capture that Parisian essence, try a beautiful, flowing knee length skirt, or a pair of skinny jeans and a feminine, billowy blouse.
If you plan on sightseeing, make sure you’ve done your research and are dressed appropriately for the occasion. It’s important to be respectful of other cultures when you travel. Typically, in holy places such as a church, it’s considered immodest to have your shoulders revealed, a lot of cleavage, or a lot of leg showing.
Gossip alert! For my ladies, pick a sensible bag. Pickpockets are a real thing in Paris, so choosing a bag that can sling across your body with zippers makes it much harder to get ripped off. I bought an on sale, small Dooney and Bourke bag for this purpose. It’s my go-to travel bag. A general passport tip. Make a copy of your passport to keep in your purse with you at all times (just in case), and leave your real passport locked in the safe in your room. That way, if you are an unfortunate victim of pickpocketing, you only lose your money and not your one way of getting home. Read up on a few pickpocket scams so that you’re one step ahead of them.
Be especially careful in Gare Du Nord. Generally speaking, if anyone tries to come up and talk to you here, it’s to scam you.
Watch out for the roses! I got roses shoved in my face so many times (they’re very pushy about it). Especially if you don’t speak French, you’ll think they’re just being nice and offering you a rose because they like you or think you’re pretty. They are 100% not. Don’t take the rose. It’s a scam. Just say “no, merçi” and walk away.
Speaking of pickpockets, I’m not saying don’t bring your jewelry, but just be aware. If you’re sightseeing and roaming the streets, then wearing a big flashy necklace or bracelet just makes you a more obvious choice for pickpockets. Bring the flashy necklace and bracelet, but save them for your fancy evening. And until then, keep them locked in the safe in your room. As a general rule of travel, don’t bring anything that you’re not willing to lose.
Just like New York, the seasons in Paris change drastically. I was there in the spring but make sure to check the weather beforehand!
Spring (March, April, May)
Spring can be a little unpredictable. We had a hail storm for a few hours while we were there in May! Come equipped with a small umbrella for sure. Paris can get chilly at night, especially in the Spring. Check the forecast a few days before you come. It’s a little bit of a toss-up, so bring some good layering options that can be used for both warmer and chillier weather. Bring a light coat or jacket for the evening.
Summer (June, July, August)
Summer can get very hot in Paris. Make sure to bring tons of sunscreen! It’s a great time to pack your comfortable linen dresses and a good pair of sunglasses. Very Parisian! If you’re confident enough to rock a hat, then go for it! Packing lighter colored pieces of clothing (pink, white, etc.) will help you stay cooler in the hot sun. I still say, better safe than sorry, so pack a light sweater or jacket and a small umbrella… just in case.
Fall (September, October, November)
Fall is similar to Spring in Paris. But go ahead and change those sandals to fashionable boots and bring out the scarves! Nothing completes a Parisian outfit like a good scarf. Again, go ahead and bring some layering options and a light coat for the chillier days. Take advantage of the fall colors and pack a few red, yellow, or orange pieces of clothing if you’re really a fashionista!
Winter (December, January, February)
Cold! Paris can get very cold, so keep yourself warm. You can still look fashionable with a sleek winter coat and a cute hat or earmuffs. Don’t forget the gloves and a good pair of waterproof boots. Fashion your outfit up with a cute scarf. I’m a wimp in the cold, so that takes priority over fashion.
Comment below your favorite “go-to” outfit for Paris.
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