What to Wear in Paris this Winter

When I  started thinking about what to pack for my weekend in Paris, I had a really hard time finding very much info online. I googled, pintrested (is that a word?), and asked other bloggers. In the end, I did my best to make my own list!

When I got back, I received questions about my outfits from people who also needed to decide what to pack for Paris in the winter. So, I put my outfits together into a post! Before I get to the outfits, I just want to let you know about a few things when you are deciding to pack


outside versailles in winter


Paris is known for its rain in the winter. Plan ahead for this! Thankfully, it stayed sunny the whole time we were there, and we did not need our rain gear.

We brought a few items to help with the possibility of rain:

  • waterproof black boots.
  • fold-able ponchos.
  • umbrellas.

The other thing you should know is that it is cold and windy. If I were to compare it to a US city, I would say it is similar to New York City. It was in the 30s pretty much the whole time we were there. This meant layering, gloves, hats, and scarves were a must. I brought a pea coat and wore sweaters and long sleeves underneath.

This was enough layering, especially with our walking around, to keep me warm. We also brought thermal socks to keep our feet warm. I was not prepared in this area and ended up borrowing socks from my mom! Deciding what to wear can be tricky, but Paris in winter is always a good idea.

What the Parisians Wear

I noticed a few things the French were wearing that I think I should mention here. However, these ladies were walking to and from the metro or work—not walking around the city sightseeing for hours. Some of their choices were not suitable for a tourist walking through the literally freezing cold in Paris. However, they were fabulous.

  • Fur—We saw lots of people in fur coats, hats, scarves, and vests… Fur is popular!
  • Tights — I have to admit, this was a shocker for me. It’s so cold!
  • Pea coats or puffy coats — people are not picky about this, and you will see people in all different types of coats.
  • Lots of black — it was definitely the color of choice.
  • High boots — there were many women wearing boots to their knees with tights and skirts.

Honestly, everyone in Paris looks fabulous. Maybe it is the Paris vibe of love that’s constantly in the air, but I just thought everyone was so well-dressed and put together!

Discover the perfect outfits for a winter trip to Paris. Get tips on what to wear and how to plan for the rainy weather.
Discover the perfect outfits for a winter trip to Paris. Get tips on what to wear and how to plan for the rainy weather.
  • vintage turtleneck+high rise jeans from Urban Outfitters+hat from local DC market (Eastern Market)+Lucky Brand boots + blanket scarf from Target
  • long sleeve turtle neck from J. Crew + black skinny jeans from H&M + Soda brand black boots + grey hat and white scarf from Peru
  • lace long sleeve shirt from H&M + high rise jeans from Urban Outfitters + Lucky Brand Boots + red hat and black scarf from World Market (borrowed from my mom!)

I wore the same two cardigans every day under my coat in these basic colors because they so easily go with everything. The hats and gloves I brought for the same reason. I only brought one necklace which went with 2 of the 3 outfits I brought. The purse I carried was also one that went with everything and fit everything perfectly. It’s a mid-sized cross-body purse that has a few pockets on the inside to keep things organized as well.

I did bring my GoPro on this trip. I was torn at first because I thought of GoPro as best for adventure and nature photos. However, I was really happy with how the photos turned out on my GoPro from this trip, and I am so happy I brought it along! If you have one or are thinking about getting one, don’t be afraid to take city shots with it too!

Now that you know my outfits and tips on packing for Paris in winter, check out the best Paris photography locations! Whether visiting Paris in spring, summer, fall, or winter, you need to be prepared with what to pack for Paris.

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