There’s a reason that so many songs feature lyrics about springtime in Paris – it’s an absolutely beautiful time to visit the City of Light. I love returning to Paris in the spring as it begins to bloom and Spring remains one of the most popular times for my Paris, Perfected clients to visit as well. I’m rather adept at packing for Paris in any season so consider this post a handy check list to get you prepared to be stylish, comfortable and well prepared for Paris in the spring!
Paris weather in April and Springtime in general can be unpredictable. And I find it always rains – even if just for a little bit – every time I visit Paris. (Here is the umbrella I always bring with me to Paris!) So I do my best to be prepared for a variety of seasons when traveling to Paris and hope for the most Spring weather that Mother Nature will allow. Track the weather carefully in the days before you leave for your trip and then pack and plan accordingly!
Spring in Paris Packing List
I always pack a leather jacket when going to Paris. It makes for the perfect topper at night and it also layers well under trench coats I find. I love pairing it with little black dresses but also with jeans, long sleeve tees and silk tanks.
2. Silk Scarf
I bring a few scarves every time I go to Paris as they can add a beautiful accessory moment to more simple, tailored outfits. Tie them on your bags, around your wrist or around your neck throughout your trip. Kate Spade always has some charming ones as well and so does French brand Sezane.
3. Basic Tee
I bring a basic tee in white and in black for every trip. This one from MM.LaFleur is a favorite as it has a great fit, a thick fabric that makes sure it travels well and slightly longer sleeves making it really flattering to wear on its own or layered.
4. Black Pants
While I wear jeans a lot, I always pack a pair of black pants in my suitcase. I like to pair them with little jackets and ballet flats for an Audrey Hepburn inspired look. This pair from Talbots is comfy and flattering. I also love the M.M.LaFleur Curie Pants.
5. Silk Tank
A silk tank paired with a leather jacket and jeans is one of my go-to outfits for going out in Paris on a more casual night. I love this tank by MM.LaFleur because the silk is washable!
6. Belt Bag
I bring a variety of bags with me when I go to Paris and this one fits quite a bit so it is good for the daytime when I’m bringing my camera and a variety of other things around the city with me. I like that it can be carried on my shoulder or by the top handle.
7. Striped Tee
8. Cashmere Tee
As you will likely encounter a chillier day in Paris in the springtime (in 2022 it snowed in Paris on April 1!), I like to bring a sweater or two and find that a cashmere tee ends up being a great layering piece in particular. This one comes in a variety of pretty colors. I size up for a roomier fit.
A practical yet chic pair of sunglasses. This brand has a lot of affordable styles for both men and women.
10. Evening Bag
For nights out on the Parisian town. This is my favorite little mini evening bag. It doesn’t fit lots but does fit the essentials! You can shop more of My Bag Collection as well.
The perfect versatile jean to wear with each shoe I’ll be bringing. This brand is my favorite for my Paris trips and this new style is really chic and on trend without being overly trendy. See them on here.
12. Crossbody Bag
My neutral work horse of a bag that goes easily from daytime to nighttime.
13. Lace Top
I always bring a lace top of some kind with me to Paris to wear out in the evenings and this one is particularly perfect for springtime.
My very favorite Parisian inspired flats. Read more about them here.
Casual sneakers for daytime outings.
My do-it-all sneakers that I wear with black pants, jeans, dresses and even skirts. Read my full Common Projects Sneakers Review.
17. Trench Coat
No trip to Paris in the spring is complete without a trench coat. It’ll likely be your most worn piece. I highly recommend one with a hood like this one! I love that the hood is detachable.
Paris Packing Tips For Spring
Use packing cubes
Prepare for rain
Check the weather as you pack and just before you go! And regardless of the time of year you can almost always expect it to rain in Paris. But fear not, as I’ve got you covered: What To Do in Paris When It Rains. Don’t forget to have a good umbrella (this is the one I bring) in your suitcase and also I never go to Paris without a trench coat.
Stick to a color palette
I always stick to a color palette when I pack for trips but especially with Paris. I want my looks to be stylish yet comfortable and extremely ready for mix and match wear. I’ll pack a blazer that can go with jeans as easily as it can go over a dress or pair with dress shorts or dress pants.
I’m a neutrals person when it comes to my wardrobe so usually my looks fall in a variety of color palettes such as: Black/Ivory/Camel or Black/Cream/Navy.
Be thoughtful when planning what shoes to wear
I’ve heard of so many people being unprepared to walk so much in Paris. Paris is a city best explored on foot and I usually clock on average 25,000 steps a day when there. Be sure you’re not bringing new shoes with you that still need breaking in. Prioritize comfort but also give consideration to what walking shoes in Paris will not have you looking like a tourist. Say it with me: comfortable shoes are a must.
And know that cobblestoned streets are common in Paris so you’ll want to leave the stilettos at home. I think the pair of shoes you bring is one of the most important decisions you can make when packing for a week in Paris.
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