Pack with confidence and avoid baggage fees - clothing tips and packing checklists for your vacation

What to Wear in France

Paris in June

Paris in June

Champs-Elysees, Paris in October

Champs-Elysees, Paris in October

Paris in October

Paris in October

General Packing Tips

  • Black is always a color that works well here.
  • When visiting restaurants, leave sneakers behind; this is a time to get those stylish shoes on.
  • If you are visiting the big cities, leave your swimsuit at home as it's very unlikely that you will find facilities to use it.
  • A lightweight daysack will come in handy to carry your sightseeing essentials.

Clothing Tips for Women

  • Paris is well known as the home of Haute Couture. Parisian women dress with great style, and throughout France women dress with understated style. Stick to classics .... and pop on a bright red lipstick.   
  • If you want to blend in and feel at your most comfortable then pack smart casual dress.
  • There is no doubt that the best way to see Paris is on foot, and be sure to include a stroll down the famous Champs-Elysee dotted with cinemas, cafes and fashionable boutiques. So our advice is to take comfy footwear for daytime (we love Hotter shoes, they're just so comfortable - and stylish too!).
  • A few well chosen pieces of costume jewellery and a smart pashmina or scarf (very popular with French women) will transform any outfit.
  • Restaurant dress is smart casual - simple dresses with jewellery and a pretty scarf, or pants with a wrap will work well.
  • Outside of Paris, whether you are in the countryside or at the beach, dress is more relaxed, conservative and practical but still stylish and smart.
  • You're best advised to leave your high heels at home in the countryside and at the beach in favor of stylish flats. We love the Lindsay Phillips Switch Flops range - using interchangeable shoe and flip-flop bases with snap-on decorations, you can change your look from day to evening in an instant whilst still packing light.

Clothing Tips for Men

  • In public pools, men are required to wear Speedo style trunks rather than shorts - swimming shorts/Bermuda shorts are NOT allowed and you won't be able to enter the pool if you are wearing them.
  • Restaurant dress is smart casual but there is no need for ties.

Pack for the Weather

  • The weather is very changeable, temperatures can vary rapidly and dressing in layers is the best way to cope with this.
  • It can rain at any time and our advice would be to pack a lightweight raincoat and small umbrella even in the summer.
  • Winter; November, December, January, February and March can be very cold so dress warmer, with layers, and take a warm smart coat, gloves, hat and warm scarf.
  • In the summer; June, July and August wear plenty of sunscreen (we love the Riemann P20 range for 10 hour protection), sunglasses and a sunhat.
  • Spring; April and May and Fall; September and October are cooler and dressing in layers will help you cope with the temperature changes.

Last updated 11 December 2014.

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