Bringing along the right wardrobe can go a long way in helping to making your stay in Paris comfortable and enjoyable. The French capital generally enjoys mild temperatures throughout the year, but weather conditions can change rapidly over the course of the day. The key to packing for Paris is to be prepared for anything. Above all else, remember to bring an umbrella. Unexpected showers are a part of Parisian life.

WHAT TO PACK FOR SPRING

Springtime visitors should bring along a jacket, as nights can still be rather cold. Daytime temperatures can vary quite a bit during this season, so it’s best to pack clothes that you can layer. For example, a light shirt that can be paired with a cardigan allows you to transition from warm to chilly weather very easily.

WHAT TO PACK FOR SUMMER

Packing for summer is a more straightforward affair. Sunglasses, shorts or breathable pants and a mix of shorts and tops should cover most of your needs. A light jacket is recommended for exploring the city after the sun goes down. On sunny days, remember to stay hydrated and wear proper sun protection.

WHAT TO PACK FOR AUTUMN

Like spring, autumn tends to be a more variable. Warmer weather prevails at the start of the season, but temperatures drop very quickly towards late October and early November. To be safe, pack in preparation for colder weather. Bring along a warm coat, thick sweaters and other pieces that you can layer. A hat, pair of gloves and a scarf may also come in handy, especially if you plan on being out and about at night!

WHAT TO PACK FOR WINTER

Bundle up! Winter in Paris is a chilly affair. Wrap yourself up in your favorite winter coat - a long pea coat or something similar will help keep both your top and legs warm while you’re outside. Pile on the knitwear, hoodies and long-sleeve shirts, and don’t forget to pack your gloves, a warm hat and scarf.

GENERAL PACKING TIPS FOR PARIS

As a generally rule, you’ll want to pack shoes that you’re comfortable walking longer distances in. Keep in mind that when it rains in Paris, there will be puddles. As such, water resistant or waterproof shoes or boots can come in handy. Of course, if you forget to pack something for your trip you can always head out on a shopping trip when you arrive. There are few better places in the world to top up your wardrobe than the always-fashionable City of Light.

ESSENTIALS

The French-Girl Cardigan

This staple is found in nearly every French women's arsenal, no matter their age. Neither tight, nor loose, it skims the body, has a v-neck with front buttons. It can be worn back or front and can be worn loose or tucked.

CLASSIC V-NECK CARDIGANS

Statement Trench Coats

Sure, your outfit might be all neutral but French women know when to add a pop of WOW to their look — so don't be afraid to wear your trench coat with difference. Choose a shiny, vinyl fabric or opt for bright pink or a bold pattern.

A Neutral Color Palette

Go head-to-toe in one color, in different tones. The fun comes with all the extra textures, the shades you add in shoes, jewelry and accents. A dark chocolate-brown suede skirt can be paired with a mocha silk shirt and shiny, brown knee high boots for an electric look.

Timeless What-to-Wear Essentials

Fashion for MEN 

In Paris men dress up. Young men can be seen in slim-cut dark suits, and shiny black shoes — even when they're just going out to get groceries.

They all wear scarves and seem to know how to knot them expertly. This doesn't mean that men have to wear suits. Choose casual wear — tweed jackets, corduroy trousers, or heavy-knit sweaters. Stylish jeans are seen everywhere. And if you're planning to go to any high-end Paris restaurants you will definitely need a jacket or sport coat.

2019 TRENDS

Parisiennes are masters of mixing classic style with up-to-the-minute fashion trends. Here is a contemporary mix of ten timeless and current looks, gleaned during Fashion Week in Paris, to help you pack your bag for your 2019 visit to the City of Fashion. It's time to embrace your inner Marion Cotillard!

OVERSIZED BOYFRIEND JACKET

with rolled up sleeves, white t-shirt, straight leg jeans and high heels.

ALL NEUTRAL

with a beige oversized t-shirt, white, straight leg pants and chunky black boots.

SHIRT DRESS

with a skinny belt and flat, wrap-around sandals.

NUDE CASHMERE

sweater dress with tobacco-suede pumps.

OVERSIZED BRETON NAVY & WHITE-STRIPED SWEATER

front tucked into white jeans with a leopard-print belt and Chanel bag.

COWBOY CULTURE

with a flared mid-calve suede skirt, suede cowboy boots, a turquoise belt and necklace with plenty of gold bangles.

BELTED PONCHO

over a faded jean jacket, white jeans, edgy pointed black ankle boots.

TEXTURED, NEUTRAL, SLOUCHY SWEATER

front tucked with wide-leg ivory-white trousers and dark, pointy shoes.

1980S OVERSIZED TOP COAT

with dropped shoulders, dark wide-leg jeans and velvet flat slippers.

LEATHER WRAP-SKIRT with a suede bag, snake-skin shoes and a neutral top.