Beginning To Plan My Next Paris Travel Wardrobe…
My December trip to Paris is just a few weeks away, and I’ve already begun
thinking obsessing about what to pack. Living in Southern California, I don’t usually have to dress for cold weather, so I have to plan (and shop) ahead.
The last time I visited Paris in December was two years ago, and they were experiencing unseasonable warmth. (And some serious air pollution. In an effort to discourage driving, the city made the Metro free for several days.) So I’m reviewing the wardrobe recap from that trip, but keeping in mind that anomaly. Average temperatures for the time I’ll be visiting range from a high of 51F/12C to a low of 37F/3C. But as always, I’ll keep an eye on the forecast in the days before I leave, and pack accordingly.
Winter Travel Necessities
I’m always harping to “start with the shoes” when planning a travel wardrobe, so I’ll take my own advice. For the last few years I’ve relied on a stylish and comfortable pair of suede Chelsea boots from Aquatalia. They’re now worn beyond repair, so I’ve been looking to replace them. I find black boots are most versatile for travel, but some of these styles are available in other colors too.
This pair with the interesting buckle detail (c/o) is on my short list. They’re good-looking and really comfortable. But I’m thinking if the weather’s more foul, I’ll want something that completely covers my ankles as well.
These are very similar in style to my previous pair, and just as comfortable, so are also on my short list.
But I’m also crushing on this wine patent pair…
If you’re looking for more budget-friendly waterproof option, here’s one with a nice low heel and a sleek look.
This one has a nice high shaft, and a lug sole for extra traction. Also available in Chestnut leather.
The last time I packed for Paris in December, I brought along the “performance base layer” (long underwear) I usually pack for skiing. I was glad I didn’t need it, as it would have been bulky under my clothing. I decided to invest in some silk long underwear and was happy to find an option offered in Petite sizes. (This style also available in Misses and Plus.) These can double as sleepwear, and are washable. (I also sprung for the top, better safe than sorry. Love that it’s a scoop neck, rather than a crew!)
One of the items I always find myself wishing I had in Paris is a pair of trousers with a bit more structure. Now I will! These are the “Cameron” pants in stretch wool. They’re lined, and very comfortable while having a nice polished look. They have enough ease to slip over the long underwear too if needed. They’re available in Misses, Petite and Tall sizes, and also in Navy and Grey. This style is cropped, and my legs are long for my height, so I went with the Misses rather than Petite length. If you’re of average height, you may want to try the Tall option.
I’ll also be packing some down pieces: my Uniqlo vest and compact down jacket as mid-layers, and my Lands’ End packable down coat as an outer layer. All of these are warm, incredibly lightweight, and pack down to nothing.
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What items do you always pack for winter travel?
You can see all of my prior travel wardrobes and recaps HERE.