No matter the time of year you might visit the city of Paris, you will undoubtedly want to embrace the local appreciation for great style. With changeable weather being an impactful factor on wardrobe choices, it’s important to know ahead of time what to expect.
You don’t want to get caught out in the rain - quite literally.
Here is your month to month guide of the seasons, including clothing recommendations:
The depths of winter call for stylish layering of merino wool items that can be pieced together with heeled boots, smart flats, and chunkier jewellery accessories to offset the look.
Paris is known for romance, and Valentine’s month is no exception to the rule. Embrace elegant long coats that contrast form fit dresses and top and skirt combinations. Layering can still be sexy!
This month brings longer days and warmer temperatures, but not enough for sleeveless evenings. Embrace elegant cashmere sweaters, waterproof shoes (no sandals just yet) and a light pair of gloves.
You can trust a little more sunshine, but there’s strong potential for showers. Pop a portable umbrella in your purse, or invest in a stylish old fashioned full size umbrella as an accessory feature.
As flowers begin to bloom, the same can occur in your wardrobe. Let fresh coloured and lightweight fabrics loose this month, after the heavier toned palettes of winter. Don’t forget those brollies - you aren’t safe just yet.
As Summer hints at its imminent arrival, the rains lessen and the sun prevails. Stylish sunglasses are a must all year round, but you’ll be needing them all the more this month.
Enjoy long hot days of sunshine with only occasional rainstorms to jump into as café to avoid. Light fabrics, sleeveless dresses and fitted sandals will work well no matter the humidity.
Open toes shoes, flatteringly loose dresses and shirts, and clutch bags will fit summer days and nights in Paris very well indeed. Don’t forget your sunglasses!
As the weather begins to cool after the summertime, days will likely be cloudy and overcast. Take out a lightweight cashmere sweater or cardigan with you, or pick up an elegant shawl to layer over your outfits.
With lifelines for rain showers and high winds, make sure you select outfits that won’t become uncomfortable in unfortunate weather. You can boost any outfit with great accessory pieces.
This month will drop sharply and suddenly in temperature in contrast to October. Forego lighter knits, replacing them with heavier materials and waterproof outwear garments.
Paris has very cold winter and the winds can really pick up. This is not the month for lighter fabrics. Select warming wools, luxury velours, and chunky knits in flattering colour palettes.
New York might be the city that never sleeps but Paris is the city that never goes out of style. When you’re visiting, you’ll want to embrace the local culture in every way, including how you dress.
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Bear in mind that there is a lot to see and do, and you won’t want to be caught out by painful shoes or the wrong outfit for the weather - stick to this guide, and you’ll be ready for anything!