As the founder of Paris, Perfected I am always asked many questions about Paris and a popular one is always what to wear. It is why I started my Paris Packing List series years ago – so that I may provide my expertise on how to pack for trips to Paris in smart, stylish ways.
I like to always pack plenty of items that can easily go from day to night but I almost always pack some occasion wear, too for special nights out in Paris. Paris is a city that loves to cater to a fancy, special evening that you’ll remember for years to come and I can’t recommend doing that enough one night while in the City of Light. (If you need special occasion, celebratory spot ideas – I’d love to help you as a Paris, Perfected client!)
But, regardless of whether you plan to dress up or stay somewhat casual when going out in Paris, this post will help you feel prepared for what to wear in Paris at night.
What to Wear in Paris at Night
Parisians are not overly casual as a whole and I do think it is respectful to be well put together when you show up at an establishment to dine or drink no matter where you are.
Many restaurants expect you to leave behind the ripped jeans, flip flops and more casual attire. And particularly if you are participating in fine dining while in Paris, you will be expected to adhere to a dress code. Keep this in mind when packing and plan your days in Paris accordingly so you have time to go back to your hotel to freshen up and change accordingly.
Paris at Night Outfit Ideas
Summer Dress and Tailored Jacket
When in Paris in Spring and Paris in Summer, I almost always have a white dress in my suitcase that can be dressed up with heels and a tailored jacket for evening wear or paired with sneakers during the day.
Monochromatic Sweater and Trousers
An easy look to pull off for both Paris in Fall and Paris in Winter, a great pair of drapey trousers is a comfy yet stylish option. I love to pair mine during the day with a pair of Converse and then swap out for ballet flats or a chic heel for evening. I’ll add a few simple accessories like a stylish belt or pair of dainty earrings to complete the monochromatic look.
In Paris during the holidays? Or planning to see Moulin Rouge or Crazy Horse? Have fun and wear a festive dress with a pair of heeled booties and tights! I like to top my dresses with a leather jacket in Paris.
Pleated Dress and Leather Jacket
I always love the juxtaposition of a really feminine dress in lace or pretty pleats paired with a leather jacket. Simple accessories finish off this look.
Slip Dress and Leather Jacket
Another great evening option for a night out in Paris is a slip dress. I love slip dresses particularly because they don’t take up much room in a suitcase!
A black midi dress is almost always in my suitcase for trips to Paris where I have a fancy evening planned. This look is perfect for a Seine River Dinner Cruise or a fine dining experience. This could also be worn to a special dining experience such as Le Jules Verne in the Eiffel Tower.
Lady Jacket + Jeans + Kitten Heels
For more casual dinners in Paris, this outfit is often my formula. I’ll wear a cropped lady jacket with ankle cropped jeans and then a low pair of heels. If I was planning to do more walking that evening, I’d swap the kitten heel for a block heel or ballet flat. Also, I’d only wear a small kitten heel if I was going somewhere near my hotel.
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Tweed Blazer with Jeans
Another take on a similar outfit formula, a tweed blazer is a great option year round to bring with you for more casual bistro or brasserie dinners out in Paris. Here I paired it with a skinny jean and a feminine flat.
Similar to a slip dress, a slip skirt is a versatile item to have in your suitcase. Dress it up for an evening out with a sleek boot or pair it with sneakers or a sandal during the day. For evening wear I like to pair mine with a simple sweater and leather jacket.
Another way to style a slip skirt that I love, is doing a monochromatic look like I did here:
Depending on the floral print, a floral dress is great in Fall with boots or with a heeled sandal or ballet flat in Spring and Summer.
A little mini dress paired with ballet flats is a Parisian inspired look that’s timeless.
Blazer and Striped Tee
Tweed Jacket and Black Jeans
I love to wear black jeans in Paris in Fall and Winter in an homage to so many Audrey Hepburn looks I loved. I’ll also pair them with a ballet flat and a little tweed jacket.
Lace Dress and Ballet Flats
Dressed up yet comfortable and practical and ready to walk around Paris all night – this is a perfect outfit idea for fine dining in Paris or drinks at one of the more upscale bars in the city.
Plaid Blazer and Loafers
This would be a go-to look for me in Fall. I love a plaid blazer when paired with a great pair of jeans and a timeless loafer. Sleek, stylish and ready to go from day to night seamlessly. Moreover, this is definitely a standby look for what I would wear to dinner in Paris.
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