Paris in the autumn is one of the best times to visit. The city of light is full of energy the changing colors on the trees and ivy filling the city pop against the neutral greys and blues of the building’s architecture. In the early autumn expect warmer days and lots of sunshine. Typically, the average temperature in September will be in the low 70s. This can continue into early October. There will be rain in the autumn season so make sure to prepare when packing for Paris. Even when rain isn’t in the forecast it is good to plan for it. Evening temperatures can drop down into the 50s toward the end of October so a light scarf is recommended. Here’s what to wear in Paris in the autumn.
You will want to make sure you are warm enough for dinners out and sightseeing. In November and early December, you will notice a temperature drop and it is important to pack a wool coat for the cold weather. Of course, there are lots of shops around Paris to pick up anything you have forgotten or if you want to look more like a French woman.
There will be plenty of sunny days in Paris so don’t forget the sunscreen and sunglasses. I had 10 straight days of warm weather and sunshine. My trip in October was much warmer than my visit in April earlier this year.
When planning for a trip to Paris, it is a good idea to plan for rainy days. Activities that you can do on a rainy day in Paris including a cooking class with La Cuisine Paris, museums, embracing the rainy weather and sitting it out at a Parisian café terrace. I recommend packing a travel umbrella in your day bag for unexpected rain storms. Blondo ankle boots are waterproof shoes and are great for Paris in the autumn. They are stylish and some of the best shoes for what to wear in Paris on rainy fall days. Blondo boots also make high boots that go to the knee which I also love. They are very trendy and the flat boot is a good option for walking all over the city.
Parisian women have a great sense of style and work around neutral colors. You can mix in a pop of color but when you are packing for Paris in the autumn, basics work best with a few key accessories. The Parisian-style capsule wardrobe is easy to accomplish with a pair of jeans, a little black dress, ballet flats, a white blouse, and cozy sweaters.
Skinny jeans and straight jeans are on trend right now. Paris is a stylish city and dressing up is recommended.
When packing for Paris or any European trip right now, I highly recommend packing in a carry-on. This way you don’t have to worry about not having your clothes when you touchdown in Paris and you can hit the ground running. I always like to shower and change into a clean pair of clothes and freshen up when I land. Packing cubes can make a huge difference when you are packing in a carry-on suitcase. I love these from Calpak which I have been using for years. If you are a heavier packer, they just introduced compression packing cubes to make it easier. You can easily pack what wear in Paris for a week’s trip this way.
Enjoy this printable Paris packing list PDF that will help you plan what you need for your upcoming trip to Paris in the fall.
During the earlier months, a light jacket might be perfectly fine. If you check the weather forecast and there is rain, you might want to pack a stylish rain jacket. I say stylish because I would say leave your rain slicker at home. J.Crew has a cute one here if you are looking for ideas. I also recommend a trench coat. This is a hot trend right now in Paris and it isn’t a coat that is worn just when it is raining outside. You will see many Parisian women walking around in various colors of trench coats. The camel color is the most popular. I have one from Sézane that I love to wear in Paris all the time. J.Crew has an option for a trench coat here.
A leather jacket is also a great option for the earlier months of the fall season. You can pair this with a scarf and black pants and feel very Parisian. I bought my leather jacket from Madewell which was an investment piece (I got it on sale) Sézane also has a great option that I love.
You will want a warmer coat and scarf for colder days and nights of autumn in Paris. Sézane, J.Crew, and & Other Stories all have great options. On my last trip to Paris in October, I saw lots of Parisian women wearing navy longer wool coats so I bought this one from & Other Stories before it sold out.
In early to late September, you should be okay with lighter sweaters. Once the weather turns in October, you will want to pack to wear thicker sweaters for the colder months. I love the sweaters from Sézane. The Gaspard sweater is a French girl staple and can be worn in three different ways. I have it in multiple colors. I have to pack at least one of my coziest sweaters in my closet for a rainy day Parisian café for a little bit of extra warmth for an outside terrace.
I highly recommend packing comfortable walking shoes and leaving the high heels at home. They can be tough to navigate in the cobblestone streets of Paris and aren’t worth it. For the fall, sneakers are a great option for walking around Paris just make sure they are comfortable. I highly recommend these Madewell sneakers that I have worn for years. You need to break them in before you leave or else you risk getting blisters. Once they are broken in, you will love them. Sneakers are perfectly acceptable in Paris right now and even considered trendy. Sézane makes the jack sneaker, and there is also Véja, a French brand.
Ballet flats are also comfortable shoes that I recommend for walking around the city. I have owned these Margaux NY flats that I wear on repeat in Paris. They have an Audrey Hepburn look to them and are more affordable than a Coco Chanel flat.
I love the idea of a cross-body bag in Paris to keep your valuables close by and if you aren’t lugging around a big camera like me it is a great option. When traveling to and from Paris I carry this bag from Cuyana that I have mentioned before. It literally holds everything and gets better with age. I also pack a larger Longchamp bag for the flight home. This saves me from the possible overweight bag I might encounter at the airport. I can transfer some items in here and take off some weight.
French women are more natural when it comes to makeup. Mascara, eyeliner, a good concealer, and a red lip is all you need to look put together. Good skincare and glowy healthy skin are easy to achieve with French products from the pharmacy. Avène, Klorane, Bioderma, and Caudalie are some of the brands you will notice for sale just about everywhere. You can also buy these in the US, but they are less expensive in France.
French women use scarves as an accessory staple. It is a great way to add another layer of color or texture to your Paris outfits. Even in the warmer months, you will see Parisians wearing a light scarf and depending if you are visiting at the start of Autumn or towards the end. Pack a warmer scarf for the colder evenings.
When I am traveling in Paris, I use a small wallet for a credit card and ID when I am out and about. This one from Cuyana is a good choice.
Travel adaptors are so important. Some of the hotels will offer backups at the front desk if you have forgotten yours and you can pop into Monoprix to purchase one as well. I leave all my travel chargers and accessories in my tech pack to make sure I don’t forget anything when I travel. A portable charger isn’t a bad idea to pack in your day bag in case you need an extra charge towards the end of the day.
Getting around the city is easy. You can take the Paris metro which is available at all points around the city. I love walking the most because you are able to see so many details of the beautiful city. As a photographer, I am always finding something that catches my eye. One of my favorite times of the day to explore Paris is early in the morning before the city wakes up. The light is magical this time of year.
I hope this post helps prepare you for your next trip to Paris. Travel insurance is always a good idea. I use World Nomads. I am able to insure my laptop and camera as well as have health coverage for when I am traveling in European countries. It is an added cost but it provides me with peace of mind when I am traveling outside of the US and staying in a hotel room.
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