If you’re planning a trip to Paris soon, and you’re not sure what to pack, here is my ultimate guide on what to wear in Paris in spring! Spring is the perfect season to visit Paris as you will be able to enjoy both indoor and outdoor activities. If at the beginning of the season the maximal temperatures are about 13°C, at the end of the season they can reach up to 20°C. Spring in Paris is quite an uncertain and capricious season as you can get warm and sunny days and rainy and cold days in the same week.
And because Paris in spring means unpredictable weather, it’s very important to pack a few different clothes for all types of weather. When thinking about what to wear in Paris in spring, it’s very important to think about layering different types of clothes (t-shirt, shirts, sweater, cashmere cardigans, etc.). Make sure your list of spring clothes will include basic items such as a silk scarf, a comfortable pair of shoes and a foldable umbrella.
Parisians are well known to have a great sense of style and are world-renowned for their impeccable fashion. And, during your trip to Paris, you can be just as stylish as they are. Indeed, you do not have to sacrifice your comfort for style; I’ve listed below different outfits that are both chic and practical at the same time. If you do want to look like a true Parisian this spring, just check out those 10 fashion staples that Parisian girls wear in spring. Keep reading below to know what to wear in Paris in spring from a real Parisian!
10 Fashion Essentials Parisians Wear In Spring
1. Chanel Jacket Style
Is there anything chicer than a tweed jacket? The textured fabric is undisputedly a symbol of style thanks to Coco Chanel, who put the Scottish textile on the map in the 1920s. If you want to look modern and sophisticated this spring, here is below my selection of the best tweed jackets!
2. Beige Trench Coat
The trench coat is a staple of the Parisian wardrobe and it’s the perfect coat for rainy days in Paris! I always carry a small umbrella and a silk scarf in my bag in case it gets colder. And, French women know exactly how to wear their trench coats with class and fair. Here are a few selections of the best trench coats right now, to make sure you wear your own trench coat as well as any Parisian!
3. Silk Scarf
The French are well known for their devotion to the scarf. And if you’re not used to wearing a scarf daily, try once! You’ll probably feel naked without a scarf after that. And for spring, a little silk square is the perfect accessory to complete your outfit and to keep you warm. If you’re looking for some inspiration, check out those luxurious and limited-edition silk scarfs below.
4. White T-Shirt
The white T-shirt is one of the staples of the French wardrobe. You can choose all kinds of neutral colors: such as grey, black, nude, or beige. With such simple tops, you can pair any necklaces, jackets or pants. In term of designs, you can choose from a loose T-shirt with low cut necklines or a more well-fitted one. In order to get that very chic Parisian look, make sure to choose a plain T-shirt without any details (no pleats, flounce, or buttons).
5. High Waisted Jeans
High waisted jeans are one of the key pieces of the Parisian wardrobe. And there’s a reason this silhouette is so popular: it’s flattering on everyone. Indeed, the high rise gives waist definition and the wider cut balances out the hips and elongates the legs. The perfect Parisian look includes a simple white shirt, a well-tailored black blazer, a classic pair of loafers and a dark blue high waisted jeans. Whether it’s a slim leg, straight leg, or cropped leg, prefer classic high-waisted jeans, meaning they don’t have holes, rips, or paint splatters.
6. Wide Leg Pants
If skinny pants have dominated the catwalk for a decade, now the fashion world is going crazy about wide-leg pants. This bottom piece is an ideal complement to almost any look, from the one you wear at work to the one you wear to parties. You can wear wide-leg pants with absolutely anything, and they are so comfortable! In addition, there is nothing more slimming than a pair of well-fitted wide black pants that actually lengthen legs and accentuate the waistline. This silhouette will make your waist look much narrower, and you can even more structure the look by adding a tailored jacket.
French women take their footwear very seriously. And since Paris is a city where you can walk everywhere, Parisian girls usually prefer a chic, stylish but always comfortable pair of shoes. Loafers are the new ballerina and are now the go-to shoes of every Parisian girl for spring. If you’re looking for some inspiration, check out below my selection of the best loafers to get that perfect Parisian style this spring.
You may already know that French women don’t stroll around town in stilettos. Indeed, Parisian girls are always in the hunt for a chic, stylish but comfortable pair of shoes. And slingback shoes, known as court shoes typically with kitten heels by some, are the perfect shoes for Parisian girls. Indeed, slingbacks are both stylish and comfortable and can be worn with absolutely anything. So if you want to slip on some heels in Paris this spring, opt for a pair of small block heels like slingbacks!
9. Chic White Sneakers
It’s impossible to not see several pairs of white sneakers topping off chic outfits in the street of Paris. Sneakers no longer carry the casual, lazy day stigma they did in the past. Now, a simple pair of white trainers can look stylish whatever your look. You can choose from the classic Stan Smiths, the chunky “dad” sneakers or the Scandi style sneakers. Prefer a pair of minimal plain white sneakers that continue to be a staple of Parisian style this spring. Check out below my selection of the best white sneakers to get that Parisian look.
10. Oversize Sunglasses
Parisian girls love oversize sunglasses for spring. It’s the perfect accessorize for the sunny days in Paris when temperatures can reach up to 20°C at the end of the season. Oversize cat-eye is the perfect sunglasses shape for elongating the face and emphasizing the cheekbones. I love this shape that reminds me of the sunglasses that Audrey Hepburn wore in Breakfast at Tiffany. Check out below my selection of the best sunglasses to wear in Paris this spring.
Disclosure Policy: some of the links in this post are affiliate links, meaning, at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you click through and make a purchase. Please read my disclosure here for more info.
Bonjour and welcome to Leonce Chenal! The French online magazine written by a French woman that aims to help you live your French life, wherever you are. I’m Leonce, I'm French and I'm a Parisian expat currently living in the city center of Amsterdam. I created Leonce Chenal back in 2018 when I was living in London and missing my home country way too much. What started as an online space to share my favorite skincare products has since evolved into a destination for French fashion, interiors, and beauty. If you have any question or if you just want to say bonjour, you can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org <3