What to Pack for France in Spring

March 28, 2023

Spring Paris Outfit

There is so much that traveling to France offers and springtime is always a favorite time of year for me to visit my favorite country. As the founder of En Route to Rêverie I often plan many a trip to Paris for my clients but I also work with them on booking hotels in other parts of France as well. France is a large country and you can easily combine visiting Paris in the Spring with other popular parts of France including the Loire Valley, Provence, Normandy or Champagne.

If you’re heading to France in the spring, I have you covered when it comes to what to pack! Ensuring you pack properly and plan accordingly for the ever unpredictable weather will ensure you have a comfortable and memorable trip to France.

What To Pack For France In Spring

Spring is such a lovely time to visit and packing for France should be exciting, not overwhelming! This post will help guide you on how to pack effectively so you are comfortable and stylish.

What to Pack for France in Spring

1. Cashmere Sweater

France in the Spring can still be chilly! Don’t let sunny days fool you as you may endure wind and other elements and therefore having one heavier sweater (preferably cashmere) is essential. 

2. Black Dress

A versatile black dress is a staple in my suitcase year round. Pack one made from a low maintenance fabric and a silhouette that could be dressed up or dressed down. By changing up the accessories and the styling of it (add a belt! Top it with a leather jacket!) you can make this really work for you while visiting Paris and other parts of France.

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. Umbrella

You will no doubt endure some rain when in France in the Spring so come prepared and have a good umbrella on you. This is the one I always bring with me to France!

5. 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.

6. Tote

This is a perfect tote to use as your carry on bag and then carry around on days you want to be able to shop as well.

7. Belt

A good belt will elevate any outfit. Use it on jeans, trousers or top it over a dress or a blazer. It takes up little space and can go a long way when it comes to styling.

8. Striped Tee

I always bring a long sleeve striped tee in my suitcase when going to Paris and spring is no exception. I own striped tees in a variety of colors but love a navy and white combo like this one this time of year. Depending on the weather for your trip, you may also consider a great striped sweater instead.

9. Market Tote

I love bringing a straw market tote when traveling to France in Spring or Summer. The brand Hunting Season makes some beautiful ones and for more affordable options check out Mango’s bags.

10. Sunglasses

A practical yet chic pair of sunglasses. This brand has a lot of affordable styles for both men and women.

11. Ballet Flats

No trip to Paris is complete without some ballet flats in your suitcase. Make sure you break in your shoes before you begin logging steps in France. Ballet flats are an easy way to look put together and as long as yours are comfortable, you should be good to wear them with jeans, black pants, skirts or dresses.

12. Straight Leg Jeans

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.

13. Cardigan Jacket

Cardigan jackets are the perfect little layer for Spring in France. I like that you can wear them open with a tank or tee underneath or buttoned up to maximize the amount of looks you can get out of one piece. I personally love to pair my cardigan jackets with a pair of black trousers.

14. Silk Tank

I love silk tanks because not only are they a great base layer under little jackets and cardigans, but they also take up next to no room in your suitcase! Get a high quality one that will easily steam or iron out any wrinkles from rolling it up in your bag and choose a color that will easily layer under your other pieces you plan to bring along.

15. Sun Hat

For those extra sunny days when you want to shield your face from the sun a packable sun hat is a great inclusion. Worried about how to make it easy to travel with if you don’t want to pack it? I’ve got you covered with this handy tool.

16. White Sneakers

My do-it-all sneakers that I wear with black pants, jeans, dresses and even skirts when visiting Paris and other parts of France. We all know how essential a good pair of walking shoes is when traveling! Read my full Common Projects Sneakers Review where you’ll also find more affordable lookalikes.

17. Trench Coat

No trip 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.

France Packing List for Spring

If you want to pack light remember the importance of mix and match styles. I recommend you check the weather several times before you depart and rely on high quality basics you’ll be able to wear and re-style multiple times.

If you’ve just got a trip to Paris on the books, don’t miss my Paris Packing List for Spring. I also have other seasonal packing lists for the city of light.

You can save the below packing list image to your phone as you outfit plan or Pin this image for use and reference later!

What to Pack for France in Spring

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  1. That little black dress is so cute. Love how versatile it is! Paris in the spring is THE BEST!

    xo Jessica

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