A Winter Travel Wardrobe For Paris…
Here’s what I’m packing as I head to Paris this week for 9 days! No surprises here…I’ve stuck with a mostly neutral wardrobe capsule of separates. The extended forecast, of course, changes on a daily basis. Currently looking at temps in the 30’s and 40’s F, (2-9C) and some rain.
I’ll reserve the possibility of adding a “wild card” at the last minute, based on latest forecasts or my whim. I’m also hoping to pick up a couple of specific pieces once I arrive, details below.
Here’s the whole megillah, not including outerwear. (I’ve lightened the image to better show details.)
As I do when I’m planning a travel wardrobe, I’ll start with the shoes.
- Knee boots. These are the weatherproof knee boots I’m wearing here. They’re really comfortable and have a full neoprene lining so they’re pretty warm.
- Ankle boots (top). I ultimately decided to bring these Chelsea-style boots rather than the buckled ones, as they’re a bit warmer, and work well with all of my pants.
- Ankle boots (bottom). I usually advise against “just in case” items, but just in case the weather turns snowy or icy, I wanted something with some serious traction. These are a few years old, and were purchased as après-ski boots during one of our ski vacations in Colorado. They’re a Finnish brand, and I can’t make out the name and have long since tossed the receipt. Here are a few alternatives with anti-slip soles: Cougar | La Canadienne | Rockport | Ross & Snow
I’ve included four pairs of pants, all skinny, which means each will work with any of the boots.
- Ponte knit. These are my travel stalwarts, and what I’ll wear on the plane.
- Dark wash denim. The Classic.
- Grey denim. These (c/o) add some variety while maintaining wardrobe cohesion.
- Black denim. (Similar)
I’ll be bringing four sweaters (three merino wool and one cashmere), and two lightweight layering tops. I’m hoping to find a nice cashmere cardigan in Paris, button-front style. The lightweight tops can be an extra layer underneath sweaters if needed for warmth, or can be worn on their own in overheated interiors.
- Merino crew neck (pine). This pine green is my favorite color of the season. (More items in Pine HERE.)
- Merino v-neck (navy). The lightest weight sweater of the bunch. It has an oversized fit, so I sized down to the XS. Washes well, doesn’t pill.
- Merino v-neck (ivory). I’ve been on the hunt for an ivory v-neck sweater for several seasons…this one has a really nice weight and shape, and a great piece for layering.
- Cashmere v-neck (black). This is a slightly oversized sweater, but isn’t bulky. Will probably be my choice for the plane.
- Pleated v-neck blouse (ivory). This one has 3/4 sleeves.
- Silk ballet-neck tee. Mine’s a few years old, and what I wouldn’t give to find another one like it! Here’s a similar style in a modal fabric.
- Velvet blazer (navy). I wanted to include something with a little zhush. Because Paris. Yes, it fits comfortably underneath my outerwear.
Outerwear and Accessories
- Puffer coat. Why mess with success? This navy packable down coat (similar style, well-reviewed) went with me to Paris two years ago, and on a couple of ski trips in between. It’s light, it’s warm, and takes up almost no space in my luggage.
- Cashmere gloves (forest green). These have openings on the thumb and forefinger for texting!
- Cashmere beanie (forest green). Adding a little color where it will be seen.
- Leopard gloves. Because leopard print is a neutral.
- Bag. Pearl in Graphite. Still deciding about a larger bag.
- Scarves. Tartan wool blend scarf (no longer available, similar). Cashmere tartan. I’ll also be bringing a larger cashmere wrap (similar). And I’ll be on the lookout for scarves in Paris to update my stash.
- Compact down jacket (not shown). I’m planning to bring this one along as another mid-layer option.
- Folding umbrella. Rain is inevitable in Paris…
I don’t think I’ve forgotten anything…
See all of my prior Travel Wardrobe posts HERE.