I admit when I am in Paris, I pay more attention to my overall attire.
More than I would on any other vacation that’s for sure, carefully coordinating my outfits, and adding a beautifully draped or knotted scarf accented with jewelry and French perfume.
I want to feel pulled together, elegant, sexy even— because that is what is great about Paris. Women can be sexy at any age!
I am under no illusions, however.
I am a North American woman trying to look French and I am not fooling anyone.
Even before I open my mouth, French women (and men?) can tell. I am not sure what gives me away first.
The clothes, the walk, the enthusiasm and the lack of a perpetual pout?
So be it. I am having fun doing what makes me feel French!
So, what to pack for Paris where I strive to strike a balance between style and comfort?
This IS the first time that I will be there in the colder weather where I can expect the temperatures to be anywhere from 3 and 8 degrees Celsius/37 to 46 degrees Fahrenheit.
Note: I am not selling anything or representing any brand in this post. I am not a fashion blogger, although I talk about fashion from time to time — but for now, here is the list of items I am taking to Paris.
Keep in mind, I am going for a month so I am using my larger suitcase but you can adjust the following for your particular timeline.
Paris Packing List for Fall and Winter!
1) Le Footwear
Two pairs of boots to wear out and about – those above I will wear on the plane.
Also taking my over-the-knee suede boots for added chic.
2. Les Coats
Two Coats. One wool (featured pic at top of the blog) and this lighter one above that I can layer underneath.
Yeah, sorry, but it is easy to keep clean and goes with everything. Black and neutral colours, however bland, are very French.
3. Les Pants and Tops
I limit myself to four pairs of long pants and one pair of jeans, and about six tops in shades of white, cream, grey, and black that goes with everything and can be hand-washed.
4. Les Accessories
A couple of bags, gloves, and a few scarves. And oh yes, an umbrella.
5. Le Dressier Outfit and Lingerie
The only dressier outfit I am taking is below — a grey top with a faux leather skirt. So easy and useful. I can mix it up with other tops.
And a word about undergarments. French women pride themselves on dressing well not just on the outside but also the inside.
So definitely take some comfy panties and bras, but go out and splurge on some nice lingerie while you are in Paris.
It is one of the best things on which to spend your money.
And you will not regret how you feel wearing it. Very French!
I won’t show it to you but on my last trip, I bought a lacy bra and panty set in a lovely rich maroon!
You are ready to go!
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Diana Bishop the founder of The Success Story Program and A Woman of a Certain Age in Paris as well as a well-known correspondent with over 25 years working for CTV, CBC News, and NBC News. She loves travel, writing, and all things Parisienne.