Paris in October Packing List

October 2, 2023

Paris in October Packing List

Autumn in Paris is one of my favorite times to visit – particularly in October. It can be moody and rainy or it can be late summer weather with plenty of sunshine. But no matter the weather you get – you’re in Paris during one of my favorite months and it’s lovely.

As the founder of En Route to Rêverie my fall packing lists for Paris are rather formulaic at this point – full of thoughtful staples that easily translate from day activities to nights out on the town when visiting Paris during the fall season.

Read on to see what’s in my suitcase and how I pack for Fall trips to Paris. 

October is such a lovely time of year to travel to Paris. The average temperature is in the 60s often and visiting the city of light during the start of Fall…there is something magical about it. While I love visiting Paris any time of year, there’s something about October that makes it one of my favorite times to visit Paris.

When it comes to a Paris Packing List, I always look to how I think Parisian women may be dressing and allow that to influence some of my own personal style. The city of lights is full of eclectic style but there are a lot of classic pieces you’ll see French women wear when it comes to French Wardrobe Staples For Fall.

As you pack your suitcase, be sure to think about your day to day and what you’ll be doing and how your outfits can be mixed and matched. 

Paris in October Packing List

1. J.Crew Icon Trench Coat

A classic trench coat is great for Fall weather in Paris and it helps with the inevitable rain. I like that this version has a hood.

Related: How to Style Trench Coats

2. Loeffler Randall Goldy Boots

These were an investment but I love them. They run rather narrow in the calf but I took them to my favorite cobbler and had them stretched ever so much and they are perfect now. You can see me in Paris with these boots in 2020 here. The stacked heel makes them perfect for traversing cobblestone streets.

3. Everlane Bodysuit

A bodysuit makes for an easily packable layer that sits so well under Fall dresses, blazers and cardigans. I love the quality of Everlane’s products, and that you can purchase this bodysuit as a thong or brief. 

4. Ankle Crop Jeans

Always in my suitcase to bring to Paris. The Agolde Rileys are favorites for their fit and versatility.

5. M.M.LaFleur Curie Pants

No Fall trip to Paris is complete without a pair of little black pants. You can wear them with a mule, with a sneaker, with a pump or a flat – this pair in particular is so, so versatile making them perfect for travel. See them on here. I have the size 6 short.

These trousers from J.Crew are also a favorite of mine. In fact I wore them on the plane on my most recent trip to Paris, they’re that comfortable!

6. Cuyana Leather Tote

The perfect travel companion, this tote has been my go-to carry on for years and years. It fits lots and can be used for daytime adventures in Paris.

7. Loeffler Randall Isla Booties

These booties always come with me on Paris trips because they are so comfortable and go as well with jeans as they do skirts and dresses.

8. Loafers

A timeless staple perfect for clocking a lot of miles walking around the streets of Paris.

Related: Best Shoes to Wear in Paris

9. Common Projects Achilles Sneakers

After four years of non-stop wear, it was finally time for a new pair of my all-time favorite sneakers. I sized down to size 36. For a more affordable sneaker style, I recommend the Veja Esplar Sneakers (a few sizes are also available at Shopbop).

10. Little Black Bag

I always have a little black bag with me to carry throughout the day and for every evening out. For a more affordable bag, I like Mango’s selection.

11. Jenni Kayne Cashmere Fisherman Sweater

I love to layer a trench coat or leather jacket over my favorite cashmere sweaters. I have this one in two colors. It’s an investment but so beautifully made. I also frequently reach for this less expensive J.Crew classic fit cashmere sweater.

Related: The Best Cashmere Sweaters

12. Leather Jacket

Fall in Paris is quintessential leather jacket weather. On cooler days I’ll layer mine under my trench coat.

13. Sarah Flint Natalie Flats

I never go to Paris without a classic ballet flat and this feminine and oh-so-comfortable pair is my favorite. The Margaux Demi Ballet Flats are another favorite pair.

14. Crewneck T-Shirt

Ideal as a base layer for Fall under blazers, jackets and cardigans I always bring crewneck t-shirts in a couple of colors. The MM.LaFleur Leslie tee is my favorite due to its quality – I own it in two colors in M. Often get cold or does the weather look chilly for the days in October you’ll be in Paris? You may prefer a long sleeved shirt. I like the long sleeve t-shirts by COS.

15. Hat

I like to bring a fedora and berets with me when I go in Fall. Usually it’s not cool enough for beanies in the early Fall. Also great for rainy days!

16. Umbrella

Fall in Paris means rain not if but when. This travel umbrella is the perfect size and opens and closes with ease. I’ve been bringing it to Paris for several years now and it’s held up so well.

Related: What To Do in Paris When It Rains.

17. Lady Jacket

Structured lady jackets and cardigans are always in my suitcase for Paris. So timeless and put together. Mango and J.Crew makes my favorite ones. 

18. Striped Tee

No trip to Paris is complete without a striped tee. I reach for long sleeve ones when I go in the Fall. I own this one in a M.

19. Button Down

A timeless wardrobe staple for any French wardrobe, I always bring my favorite button down. I own this one in size 8.

20. Classic Blazer

You just can’t go wrong with a classic blazer in Paris! Veronica Beard makes investment pieces that I find last me a long time.

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A few other items in my suitcase often for Fall:


Youth to the People Skincare Minis

My favorite cleanser and my favorite face cream in perfectly proportioned minis for travel.

Silk Tank

A silk tank layered under a black blazer or leather jacket is my go to for going out in Paris at night.

Isabel Marant Lecce Wrap Belt

My favorite belt for layering over Fall dresses as seen here.

Striped Scarf

I always bring several silky scarves with me to Paris to top on my bags or tie around my waist. They make the perfect accessory when in Paris. I also love this option and this option.

Sezane Johnson Coat

If weather in the Fall is on the cooler side, I reach for this classic car coat. I own this one in a size 8. More of my Sezane Favorites for Fall.

Chanel Slingbacks

These are my #1 go-to evening shoe for Paris. So comfortable and easy to walk lots of steps in and great with jeans and a blazer or a dress or skirt.

Related: What to Wear in Paris at Night

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