What to wear for a holiday in Paris?
From the streets, we hear "La vie en rose" by Édith Piaf, the French way to look at the world with pink sunglasses. From the window, the Sacré-Cœur and the illuminated Montmartre hill.
"Paris est toujours une bonne idée" said Audrey Hepburn in the film Sabrina, and that's right.
If you have in mind not to visit the French capital, but to get lost over the years on the streets of one among the most suggestive cities of the world, in this post you will find our style tips to be a perfect Parisian!
Here the 5 things to do and to see if you want to visit Paris, and above all, our best looks to go to Paris!
1. Breakfast at the Café de Flore
The famous Parisian café is known for being frequented by many intellectuals of the past as Jean-Paul Sartre, and a reference at Saint-Germain-des-Prés together with "Les Deux Magots".
Go to a fleuriste to get a bunch of roses or peonies, take a good book (that you should buy at the characteristic bouquinistes on the streets - or better the quais - along the Seine), and taste the typical French breakfast: brioche, croissant or other viennoiseries, baguette with butter or jam, orange juice and a hot drink to calmly drink. French people, during their free time, devote so much time to the petit déjeuner - namely breakfast - in small round tray tables on the streets.
A Parisian outfit for the fall or for the spring? Low heel cuissardes in suede - the winter and mid-seasons must-have shoes - or brogues with Parisian socks.
On the head a beret or a cloche, and a cloak as a coat - among the 2017 Fall/Winter trends - from which show off a bon ton mini dress or a romantic blouse with a high-waisted fold skirt.
Paris, home of the Haute Couture, is the destination par excellence for those who want to go shopping.
When it's cold, inside the malls the temperature is higher, so it is important to dress in layers. Wear a top or a georgette shirt under the sweater and bring with you a comfortable and ample maxi bag - take a look at the trendy bags of this season - to put what you don't need at the moment.
On fashion streets, on the Rive Droit, from rue de Rivoli to rue Saint-Honoré at the Palais Royal, from Boulevard Haussman to the famous "golden triangle" where the Champs-Élysées meet with Avenue Montaigne and George V, the perfect outfit in Paris should be strategical to move confidently around the shops without suffering from cold during your walks.
Our practical tips?
An elegant midi multi pocket quilted jacket - better with a hood - and a maxi satchel will be perfect to walk around the city. Actually, Paris is a city to be discovered walking barefoot - you need to pack comfortable shoes, like the essential couture sneakers - and you don't have to miss Notre Dame, the Eiffel Tower and the Arc the Triomphe for example, and much more.
3. A trip on the Bateaux Mouches - Paris by night
You may take the tour also by day, but during the night it has a particular appeal.
Under the thousand lights of the Ville Lumière, you will go through the Seine right under the most famous bridges of Paris, such as the Pont Alexandre III (that offer a beautiful view of the Eiffel Tower), the Pont Neuf or the Pont Royal, moving around the "Île de la Cité", looking at some of the main monuments such as: the Museo D'Orsay, the Palais Bourbon, the Hôtel National des Invalides, the Place de la Concorde (where during the Christmas period there is a big wheel from which you can see all of Paris), the Louvre Museum and the Hôtel de Ville.
During the night, along the Seine, the temperature range is higher and on board it is very cold.
So, get ready to an unexpected temperature!
An on-trend anti-cold tip? A woolen maxi scarf in burgundy or noisette - among the 2017-18 Fall/Winter colours - will complete your winter outfit in Paris.
Style note: to wear like Olivia Palermo!
(Olivia Palermo's image source: Pinterest)
4. See (at least) a show in the city
If you want to live an unforgettable experience, go to Palais Garnier, the historical residence of the Opéra National de Paris. Even if is not a premiere, the dress code for the event is elegant. Pack a pair of classic pumps, a coat or a fur coat - real or synthetic, they are on the 2017-18 Fall/Winter runways - a long evening gown, a precious clutch and some jewels for the occasion.
Other great shows in Paris are those at the Moulin Rouge or at the Lido, a touristic destination where an elegant dress code is required, but not so much.
5. Walk through one of the big Parisian gardens
Jardin des Tuileries, Jardin de Luxemburg, Champ-de-Mars near the Eiffel Tower, Jardin de Plantes or Bois de Boulogne, if you want to relax, dress warmly and grant yourself a contemplative break.
The perfect accessories? Leather gloves, a wrap stole or a snood scarf and a brimmed felt hat.
One of the most loved footwear by Parisian women who love to use public transports, cycling or walking, and be always in style are the galoche, also said rain boots.
If you want to show a Parisian glamorous and très chic look (whether or not you are in Paris) here our two outfit ideas: bon ton with a balloon skirt, a bow neck blouse, ballet flats and satchel or cosmopolitan and à la garçonne in white or in black with a pair of culotte pants, heels, a blazer, an oversized shirt and a straw hat (also called canotier): the emblematic Coco Chanel style hat for some street-style Instagram shots like a real globetrotter!
Dreaming of holidays to the discovery of the most beautiful capital cities of the world? Don't miss our style guides about what to wear in London, New York and how to dress in Cortina for super romantic winter holidays!