What they’re wearing in Paris this autumn…
It’s been said that Europeans tend to dress for the season, not the weather. Even though it’s been sunny, mild, and pleasant our first two days, I’ve seen plenty of coats, scarves and boots already being worn here. Just a small sampling from the center of Paris (and mostly rive gauche) but here’s what I’ve observed so far of what they’re wearing in Paris for autumn:
- Color. Yes, there’s still plenty of black, but it doesn’t seem to be as ubiquitous as it once was. I’ve seen a good bit of emerald, forest, or olive green, sometimes paired with a golden yellow or ochre scarf or bag.
- Black and brown combos.
- Textured/patterned outerwear. Wide-wale corduroy, quilted, plaid, tweed. Still seeing some teddy coats, mostly on younger women.
- Trench coats. Bien sûr.
- Longer coats and jackets. Below-the-knee and even some duster-length.
- Lots of ankle boots. From sleek to chunky, often with a 1-2″ heel. Still quite a few sneakers (though with rain coming in today, that may change), some loafers/oxfords and ballet flats.
- Pants are slim, not skinny. I’ve seen some younger women in wider-leg and cropped pants. Jeans are still common, usually a medium or gray wash.
- Skirts with semi-opaque tights. Skirts of all lengths, worn with tights and often ankle boots.
- Scarves are almost exclusively of the larger wool variety.
- Bags are either smaller shoulder/crossbody styles, or larger totes (sometimes both).
I’ve observed that over time style in Paris has become both more relaxed/casual and more varied and diverse. What I’m NOT seeing: sweats/joggers or activewear/athleisure looks (except on runners or tourists), stiletto heels. And yes, everyone is wearing masks indoors (unless eating or drinking) and some people wear them outside too.
Wear it in Paris…
Paris, packed to the gills!
And a travel note, I’ve never seen Paris this crowded! French children are on a fall school holiday, but it seems that tout le monde has decided that Paris is the place to be.
Parks and cafes have been packed during peak hours, and afternoon/evening traffic a snarl. If you are planning to visit Paris in the near future, I suggest making hotel and even dinner reservations well in advance!
I’ll have LOTS more photos to share, but here’s a recap of our first day from Instagram, just swipe or use the arrow to scroll through: