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What to Wear in Paris at Night

June 8, 2023

What to Wear in Paris at Night

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

Paris spring outfit

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.

J.Crew Trousers Paris Outfit

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.

What to Wear in Paris at Night

Festive Dress

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.

Paris Winter Evening Look

Velvet Dress

Velvet is a favorite fabric to reach for all during Winter. I paired this little velvet mini dress with tights and my favorite sock bootie. (Not pictured: My big winter coat!)

What to Wear in Paris at Night

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 | What to Wear in Paris at Night

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!

Paris Little Black Dress and Chanel Slingbacks

Midi Dress

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.

J.Crew Lady Jacket Fall Outfit

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. 

Related: Best Shoes to Wear in Paris

Parisian Inspired Outfit I wit & whimsy

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.

Paris Fall Outfit - Slip Skirt with Leather Jacket and Sarah Flint Boots

Slip Skirt

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:

All Navy Work Outfit Paris Loeffler Randall Boots J.Crew Sweater and Skirt

Floral Dress | What to Wear in Paris at Night

Floral Dress

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.

Springtime in Paris

Mini Dress

A little mini dress paired with ballet flats is a Parisian inspired look that’s timeless.

Sezane Navy Blazer, Agolde Riley Jeans, Alex Mill Striped Tee and Margaux Mules with Celine Box Bag

Blazer and Striped Tee

Stripes are always a good idea in Paris and when paired with a classic blazer and a great straight leg jean and a mule, you’re easily ready to go from day to night in Paris.

A Tour of The Ritz Paris I wit & whimsy

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

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, Jeans and Loafers | What to Wear in Paris at Night

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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I hope you found this post helpful and inspiring as you plan your looks for nights out in Paris! You can Shop my Closet and Shop My Outfits and don’t forget to shop the French Capsule Wardrobe curation, either!

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