You have either booked your ticket for Paris or thinking about visiting Paris. Autumn in Paris is one of my favorite times. You city is full of color and shades of reds and yellows. The weather can be beautiful in the Early Autumn but towards the end of October, the weather turns. So the big question is what do you pack for your trip? This was my fourth October in Paris so through trial and error here is what I recommend for your suitcase :
I recommend bringing a leather jacket and a trench coat. If you have to choose one or the other for space I would say a leather jacket. As it turns colder at the end of October/ early November I would suggest bringing a heavier jacket.
Parisians use this accessory as a staple. Whether it be to add another layer of color or texture to their outfit or to keep warm a scarf is essential. I picked one up a Galleries Lafayette on my last trip but you can certainly grab one of these classic options here or here. I made the mistake of not packing one for Spring and purchased a few to help keep me warm. Lesson learned Paris weather can be unpredictable. Better safe than sorry. I always pack an extra large one for the plane that can be large enough for a blanket. My Aunt got me hooked on this and I can’t travel without the one she sent me years ago.
Boots are essential and you want to have comfortable walking boots for Paris. If it rains, you want something that is water resistant but still cute. I have two pairs of these boots in black and grey. I posted these for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale as my favorite find. Wellies are really big in the States but I rarely see French woman walking around in rain boots no matter how bad the rain is. I love these over the knee black flat boots or these are great riding boots. I am a huge fan of the bootie and packed a pair of high heeled booties but didn’t wear them much. Paris is filled with cobblestones and heels aren’t the easiest to get around. You can always grab a taxi or uber if you are going out to get around the city. I will pack a pair of ballet flats for the trip too. My favorite is by yosi samara. These have been tested on the streets of Paris. 10 miles a day for weeks and they have held up great.
Sweaters are essential in Paris because it does get cold. The colder months are damp and cold they aren’t dry like other cities. I love packing one large sweater which I call a café sweater that is perfect for sitting in a café on a cold rainy day in Paris. Some of my favorite sweaters include this one and I just purchased two of these bodysuits that are the most comfortable things! I will be wearing them on repeat in Paris.
This sweater has been a reader favorite. I bought it in red earlier this year and can’t wait to wear it in Paris. Size down. I ordered a Small and returned it for an XS.
Half of my suitcase was dresses this past trip and it made traveling so easy! I love dresses with boots and stockings or leggings. I had a lot of meetings so this was an easy look to throw together and wear all day long from morning until night. Jeans are perfectly acceptable but I think it all depends on how you dress them up or down. I wouldn’t wear athletic shoes outside and around the city. It is much better to have comfortable walking boots or flats. I love these leather leggings to wear with sweaters.
When it comes to bottoms, jeans are acceptable but just wear them in good taste. No crazy rips or shredded styles. Keep it simple and classy. Leave the Lululemon at home if you can or if you must save it for the flight to and from.
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.
My toiletry Bag is important to keep everything organized and clean. I love my Cuyana travel bags for this. I can put makeup in one and my toiletries in another. This past trip I brought along my own shampoo/conditioner from home. My hair never does well with the Paris pollution and water. It is best to go with what I know and love. I have fallen for this Klorane shampoo and conditioner that will be going with me to Paris.
Parisians aren’t big on heavy makeup. The look is clean and effortless with a great red lip. I love this sisley mascara, red lip twist, and this blush to keep my cheeks pink and lively in the cold weather.
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All photos of me taken by Iheart Paris