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I never thought to make a Paris spring packing list because there are a lot of them. However, a quick search on Google turns up glaring inaccuracies. To tackle a few, nobody wears skater skirts, sundresses are typically worn ironically, and only tourists wear hats other than beanies. Maybe things were different a few years ago. Today, for an idea of what French girls are wearing any given season, look at Saint Laurent, which somehow trickles down to every age and economic bracket. If you are a guy, just dress like Aziz Ansari.
Springtime in Paris means lots of bright, clear, chilly days, and sunny days that turn into unexpectedly heavy rain. Honestly, whatever you're already wearing is probably in fashion here- just adapt it to being outdoors on a city street. I'm not good at styling, but I know what I see people wearing every day, so if you're under 30 and visiting Paris, I would pack:
- Ankle boots
- Espadrilles- the Chanel kind, or ankle tie kind, but not the Jennifer Lawrence kind
- Black tights
- Umbrella- crooked handles are best, so your hands are free to Snapchat. I like Pelcor's renewable cork umbrella.
- Chambray or plaid shirt, to wear open like a jacket, or with a skirt, or jeans
- If you bring a dress, something 90s, like Reformation's Dime, Penny, or Hackman, would fit right in, under a jacket with tights and a scarf.
- Fuzzy angora-type sweater, or a slightly cropped Bella Freud style
- Skinny jeans, particularly in grey, acid wash, and white; mom jeans, or overalls of any color
- Bomber jacket / denim jacket / colored biker jacket / duster / hip-length, collarless light wool jacket, especially in tweedy grey or navy. Weirdly, my waxed cotton full-length raincoat is on trend now- thanks, Monica Rose.
- A choker or skinny scarf
- A Violet-style top or bodysuit
- One solid t-shirt, unisex fit (like a Jungmaven shirt). It can have minimal writing on the front. Also pack a striped t-shirt, same fit.
- Small, boxy cross body bag, or good mini backpack, such as Matt and Nat vegan leather
- A-line skirt
For night, an influx of stylish Russians upped the glam factor at places like l'Arc and Maria Magdalena, so you can wear the aforementioned 90s dress with ankle boots, or skinny jeans and an embellished jacket with a silk camisole, or an Anthony Vaccarello / House of CB / Self Portrait / Valeria style outfit, bodysuit with mom jeans, etc.
If you're over 30, or on a business trip, you might like:
- Tunic in a fluid fabric- this style, preferably not viscose, under a cardigan or jacket
- Trench coat or thin parka, thigh length; leopard and moto jackets are Emmanuelle Alt approved
- Neutral sweater- wool, silk, alpaca, or cashmere
- Tailored blazer or collarless jacket
- White jeans and / or skinny jeans
- Striped boatneck
- Fitted solid t-shirt in white, black, or navy; and a looser t-shirt in any of these colors or grey
- Silk shell or camisole
- Unstructured above-the-knee sheath dress (black or colorful) with sheer black tights; for night, the same dress or a black jumpsuit
- Pencil skirt
- Longchamp bag
- A skinny belt in a print or bright color
- Scarves, Hermès-style, linen, or wool
- Tailored button down or bodysuit