What to Wear in Paris in the Fall

September 30, 2021

Meghan Donovan of Paris, Perfected

I absolutely love being in Paris in the Fall. The city quiets down a bit after the summer rush of tourists, you can be pleasantly surprised with late summer weather well into October at times and the city’s trees start to turn colors giving it an even more magical feel. It’s just a lovely time of year to enjoy the City of Lights.

I also love planning outfits when I travel to Paris in the Fall. You can be comfortable and chic if you know what to pack and how to make your clothes work well for you in terms of being able to mix and match. I recommend leaning into neutrals (no matter the season!) as it always makes putting a myriad of outfits together easy.

You should be able to enjoy Fall weather all of September, October and November and sometimes even into early December. Below is a handy guide on what to wear to pack for Paris in the Fall.

What to Wear in Paris in the Fall

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You’ll notice a lot of repeats in the looks below. Tailored blazers, tweed jackets, ankle crop jeans, black pants, timeless shoes like ballet flats, loafers and black booties and versatile sweaters.

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The Trench Coat with Black Pants

I never go to Paris without a trench coat. It’s the perfect topper much of the year when you travel to Paris and it always brings together an outfit. Pair it with a black pant, with cropped jeans or over a dress. This style is classic from J.Crew. Wearing above: The MM.LaFleur Jensen Trench.

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Black Tweed Blazer with White Tee and Jeans

In my book you can never go wrong with a tee and a blazer and a tried and true styling for me is with high waisted dark jeans (these are my favorites) and a slingback shoe or ballet flat.

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The Plaid Blazer

An oversized blazer in a print is such a versatile piece. I love this one (size 2) and own it in several colors. It fits well over thinner sweaters so it’s great if you are starting the day with a cooler morning but then want to lose a layer as the sun comes out. This one pairs well with a myriad of jeans in my collection. 

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The Year Round Coat

This coat is a workhorse in my coat closet. I love the tailored fit of it and that you can wear it layered and accessorized in cooler months or with a more feminine blouse in warmer months. I recommend sizing up.

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Leather Jacket + a Classic Button Down

Two timeless pieces in my wardrobe that I’ve had for years are my Vince leather jacket and a well-fitting button down. These basics when paired with classic blue jeans are great to have on hand for Paris in the Fall.

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Classic Overcoat

A timeless topper – a wool overcoat elevates any outfit instantly and you’ll want a warmer coat while in Paris later into Fall. More of my favorite coats.

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Cropped Tweed Jacket and Stripes and Straight Leg Jeans

These Levi’s Straight Leg jeans are a great take on an ankle crop jean. Instead of being skinny, they finish with a slightly casual distressed straight hem.

I absolutely love them paired with a slingback heel. They go great with a cropped more fitted jacket and of course a solid or a striped tee is a perfect layer underneath.

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Sweater Jacket

A sweater jacket is one of my favorite pieces to carry to throw on top of a tee and look instantly more leveled up. This one is my personal favorite and I own it in two versions! The fabric is particularly well suited for travel as it doesn’t wrinkle easily. It’s also got a nice weight to it so you can use it as more of jacket on warmer Fall days.

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Versatile Cardigan

This sweater kind of does it all. Which explains why I now own it in three colors! Wear it frontwards or backwards or with jeans, pants or with a skirt or over a dress unbuttoned.

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Sleek Black Blazer with a Feminine Flat

If you don’t have a black blazer that you feel great in, there’s no time like the present. It’s an instant mood booster and can be restyled throughout the year in loads of ways. I never go to Paris in the Fall without packing a black blazer.

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Black Blazer + Silk Cami

Take that blazer and make it a nighttime outfit for a night out in Paris by pairing it over a silk cami.

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Puff Sleeve Sweater and Tweed Skirt

I love balancing a more straight mini skirt with a puff sleeve shoulder. This is a go-to look of mine for more dressy occasions in cooler months. You could also consider a similar look with a tweed dress.

Pair with a beret for an extra French touch and sock booties with a thicker heel for added height without sacrificing comfort.

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Plaid Pants with Ballet Flats

Plaid pants are always in my suitcase to wear in Paris. You’ll see them on the streets often and they are a nice break from jeans. Very Audrey Hepburn inspired!

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Chanel Inspired Tweed Jacket

Chanel jackets aren’t in my budget for now so I always snag a lookalike tweed jacket or tweed blazer when I see one for a good price and quality. I love pairing them with cropped black jeans and a ballet flat. This is a timeless and classic outfit for Fall in France!

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Boyfriend Tweed Jacket

By now you know I love a tweed jacket – this oversized take is a nice way to balance out more feminine details.

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The Black Dress

A dressed up evening is a must in Paris! For the night you’re heading to a fine dining establishment or fancy rooftop cocktails, a little black dress is in order! And don’t miss seeing the Eiffel Tower sparkle while you’re in it for a great photo opp!

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Sweater Dress and Over the Knee Boots

Perfect for Fall & Winter, a sweater dress with over the knee boots and a good tailored jacket is a great way to look chic from day to night. I love my Stuart Weitzman Lowland boots for travel because they are so comfortable for logging lots of miles. I’ve had mine for six years, worn them loads and they still look relatively brand new!

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Floral Dress with Boots

Florals? For Fall? Not so groundbreaking but I always welcome a floral print dress in Fall  – especially with a long sleeve. I love to pair my florals with a sleek knee high boot or ankle booties.

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Light Colored Tweed Blazer

Consider a lighter color tweed jacket that you can wear Fall and then don it again in Spring.

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Plaid Blazer with Suede Booties

A sleek pair of suede booties can be a great walking option for Paris in the Fall provided they are comfortable enough to hold up with lots of steps!

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A-Line Skirt + Sock Booties

Perfect for a night out, I love an a-line mini skirt with sock booties and topped with a feminine blouse or cropped jacket.

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Striped Tee and Blazer with Loafers

You can’t go wrong with a striped tee topped with a blazer and paired with a classic loafer. I’d wear a version of this outfit every day if I could. It’s perfect for exploring, a day of meetings, coffee dates, you name it. It’s classic French girl style.

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And don’t forget to bring a durable travel umbrella for your outfits as it is sure to rain in Paris in the Fall! Want to maximize your suitcase? Consider packing cubes so you can fit as much as possible for the most variety with your outfits in the Autumn.

Hope you found these looks inspiring! You can pin them now to come back to later whenever you’re feeling lack of inspiration and want to get dressed in an outfit you love!

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