Over the years I’ve found it quite helpful to do a written assessment of my travel wardrobes: what worked, what didn’t, what I didn’t need, what I wish I’d brought. I’ll refer back to these recaps when planning the next trip, and (hopefully 🤞) refine and improve my selections.
My Paris Travel Wardrobe
Overall, I’m giving this travel wardrobe a grade of B. Packing for weather conditions that are potentially quite different from what I experience at home is challenging. The good news is that I was warm enough and comfortable the entire trip. I wish I’d packed fewer clothes and more outerwear options. But let’s break it down…
These were the pieces that I wore most often and that worked well for my activities and environment.
- The down coat (similar style). Was plenty warm and lightweight. With so many people wearing various styles of puffers, I felt as though I fit right in.
- The grey jeans.(c/o) Boy, do I like these jeans! They’re incredibly comfortable, good-looking and don’t stretch out.
- The black ponte knit pants. Comfortable and polished, one of my travel stalwarts.
- The black Chelsea boots. No surprise here, as this is a style that’s worked well for me on prior trips. This pair was purchased a few weeks before the trip, and was comfortable from the get-go. I walked for hours in them over a variety of surfaces with nary a complaint from my finicky feet.
- The silk thermals. (Top / Bottom) I only needed them on the first three days in Paris, but I was SO glad I’d packed them! They kept me warm without added bulk, and I didn’t overheat indoors. Even my skinny jeans slid right over them without bunching.
- The black cashmere and dark green merino wool sweaters. Wore one or the other of these almost every day.
- The knee boots. (Similar style) They were comfortable on my feet all day, and helped keep my legs warm.
- The Goyard tote (similar). I carried this on days when it threatened rain, and I needed room to bring a folding umbrella. The tote was light enough that I didn’t get tired either with it on my shoulder or over my arm. Mine has a top zip which makes it more secure, though I see plenty of women in Paris carrying the open style. I also used it as my “personal item” for the flights in both directions.
- The black and dark blue skinny jeans. Just wasn’t inspired to wear them.
- The ivory v-neck blouse. In fact, I didn’t even pack it ultimately. Didn’t miss it either.
- The velvet jacket. I’d planned to wear to a couple of meet-ups that fell through at the last minute.
- The heavy-duty winter boots. Didn’t need them.
- The merino v-neck sweater. Stuck to my thicker, warmer pullovers.
Wish I’d Brought…
- A second outerwear option. When you’re always in a coat, it’s nice to have some variety. Though bulkier than my down coat, I wouldn’t have minded having either a teddy coat or a wool overcoat as well.
- A pair of boyfriend or straight-leg jeans. Even though they wouldn’t have worked with the knee boots, they would have provided a bit more wardrobe variety. (I also wouldn’t have felt out-of-place in these, as I noticed many more women wearing looser denim styles, often cuffed at the ankle.)
Do you travel during the winter months? What are your winter travel MVP’s?