There’s nothing more magical than a trip to Paris in the fall — and if you’ve been lucky enough to experience it firsthand, then you know exactly what I mean.
Whether you’re planning a trip back to the City of Love or you’re prepping for your very first visit, it can be tricky to figure out what to pack.
Do you need layers? How fancy should you dress? What kind of shoes are best to wear in Paris? The questions can feel endless.
I recently got back from Paris Fashion Week, and figured I would put together a detailed post on what to wear in Paris in the fall. In general, I always recommend timeless, classic pieces that you’ll look back on with admiration.
Below, I’m sharing 10 looks I wore during my time abroad. All of these would work beautifully for a variety of outings and occasions. And bonus: they’re all comfy and travel-approved!
It doesn’t get more classic than a sleek black dress and dainty heels. This outfit is so easy to put together yet looks elevated and polished. You could wear this from any occasion — to brunch with friends or to grab an afternoon espresso.
Because the fall temperatures in Paris can be somewhat moody, I’d recommend bringing along a jacket, like this cotton and linen find that I wore, to ensure you’re ready for anything the weather might bring.
For the days that you’re planning on walking around a lot, I’d highly suggest sticking to what you feel most comfortable in. For me, this looked like a comfy pair of denim, a basic tank, a striped cardigan, and white sneakers.
Also, when it comes to shoes, it’s best to opt for sneakers when you know you’ll be on your feet all day. That way, your exploring won’t be compromised by uncomfortable shoes.
As you can see, this is the perfect look to take you from day to night. I love wearing a leather skirt throughout the fall and winter months, but the piece feels especially appropriate to wear during the fall in Paris. It’s comfortable yet looks chic and sophisticated.
Pair it with a white tank or bodysuit (I love this one) and then throw a knit jacket over your shoulders to tie everything together. You could always swap out the heels for flats if you plan to do a lot of walking.
The turtleneck that I’m wearing in the photo above is unfortunately sold out, but this sweater vest has a similar vibe and would make a great closet staple for transitional weather. You can easily tuck it into a pair of black pants, whether you’re wearing jeans or trousers.
Also, a simple way to give an outfit a finished look (and a way to avoid styling your hair) is to put on a baseball cap. In my opinion, it makes for the perfect travel outfit and it just adds a finishing touch.
For a fancy night out, consider wearing a silky midi dress in a vibrant color. Paris is the place to express your personal style, so choosing a dress in a color you wouldn’t normally wear will make your night out feel all the more special.
This specific dress was a big hit when I shared it on Instagram, and I truly can’t recommend it enough. The quality and fit are simply superior.
I styled it with these fun, feathery heels for an ultra-feminine and festive look. Bonus: These shoes are currently on sale for under $100!
I’ll never tire of wearing wool pieces during the fall and winter — they just feel so seasonally appropriate. This little skirt was a recent find from Sezane and I could not love it more. It’s the perfect length and it looks adorable with so many tops in my closet.
I’d consider this the ideal look for a busy day in Paris. From shopping to brunch, this outfit will keep you cozy without sacrificing style. An added perk: You could pair just about any shoes with it!
All of these pieces are also from a recent Sezane haul I did, and I’m so happy I packed them all for my Paris trip. I’ve always been drawn to outfits that incorporate tall boots, and as soon as I came across this pair, I knew I had to get my hands on them.
If you’re traveling to Paris during a particularly cool week in the autumn, tall boots can offer the perfect alternative to wearing jeans throughout your trip. They cover your legs and can keep you much warmer than an ordinary pair of shoes would. Plus, they look so pretty when styled with a midi skirt and sweater.
Because Paris feels like such a timeless and feminine destination, a white lace blouse feels like a no-brainer to incorporate into your outfits. I matched my blouse with a classic pair of dark gray trousers, but this knit pair is also super cute.
Complete your look with dainty jewelry pieces, like a gold necklace, tennis bracelet, and small hoop earrings.
Is there anything that feels more special than wearing a tulle skirt? While this isn’t a piece that you’d necessarily wear on an everyday basis, it’s basically made to be worn during a trip to Paris. This is a look that has been on-trend for decades, but you can give it a modern twist by adding accessories, like this leather belt.
This is another great “all-day wear” option while wandering about the city of love. The black ribbed tank could work with so many pieces you pack, and the same is true for the jeans, sneakers, and sweater. This is an outfit you could definitely wear a variety of ways throughout your trip.