It’s time to pack! As of this point, the forecast for Paris looks cool-to-mild, with a chance of rain on a few days. While I’ve put this wardrobe together with my upcoming trip to Paris in mind, it could easily work for any other city during the fall.
Travel Wardrobe For Paris
When selecting the clothes, I prioritize pieces that will pack and travel well, and will be easy to layer and coordinate. While this doesn’t make for the most exciting collection, it will be one that feels smart, appropriate, and comfortable (both physically and emotionally).
My neutrals are black, navy and grey, and I’ve included a couple of accent pieces with color and/or print. I challenged myself to pack a little less black and more navy this time. I’ve stuck to a long-over-lean silhouette, and my usual ratio 2-to-1 ratio of tops to bottoms. I don’t count shoes, accessories, outerwear or “underpinnings” as part of the 12 items. You can certainly pack more or less or include dresses or tweak the ratio to suit your preferences. This is just the formula that I’ve found works best for me.
I’ll also allow myself to add a “wild card” piece to be chosen at the last minute, based on the current forecast and my mood.
Some of the pieces above are no longer available; in those instances I’ve linked to similar items.
I always start with the shoes when planning my travel wardrobes. I’ve decided to allow myself 3 pairs this time.
- Weather-resistant ankle boots. Mine are a few seasons old. Similar styles:
- Slip-on sneakers. These are just so darn comfortable. Here’s a similar style that’s waterproof and budget-friendly.
- Something funky. (Similar style) I purchased these Robert Clergerie brogues in New York last year, and logged several miles in them the first day. They’ve passed the Travel Comfort test with flying colors. They’re not for rainy days, but give me a fun break from black footwear.
As mentioned above, I’ve kept to slim-leg or skinny styles. This silhouette works best for me and is easiest to style. But again, go with whatever silhouette works best for you.
- Skinny jeans. Dark wash denim, no distressing.
- Navy sateen slim leg jeans. A little dressier than the denim.
- Black skinny jeans.
- Slim-leg ponte knit pants. Comfortable but polished. Can be hand washed if necessary. These are my in-flight pants.
- Navy blouse (similar).
- Floral top. The “throw on and go” option.
- Black zip-front blouse (similar). I’ve had this one from Theory for a few years, and it’s still one of my favorite pieces.
- Cashmere cardigan (similar here and here).
- Striped long-sleeve tee (similar).
- 3 sweaters (v-neck and scoop neck). Mine are mostly no longer available, here are similar styles:
I’m still deciding. My scarf wardrobe has dwindled a bit and could use a refresh. I’ll be shopping in Paris for some solid, colored scarves.
I’ll be taking my trusty Sandro utility jacket (which also works as a raincoat) and my navy wool topper from Scapa, which works either as a blazer or a lightweight overcoat. Both of these were purchased on prior trips, and no longer available. But I’ve found some similar styles:
Latest update: the latest forecast is showing cooler and wetter conditions. I’m tempted to bring my lined Burberry raincoat purchased a few years ago (similar). Stay tuned…
How far ahead do you plan and pack your travel wardrobes?