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A Packing Guide to Paris in Spring

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I’ve been dreaming about my Spring holiday to Paris for months. I’ve read article after article about what to pack, what the weather will be like, how not to look like a tourist and instead blend in with the Parisians. I’ve made packing lists and styled outfits specifically for this trip because: Paris! It’s the home of fashion and this travelling shopaholic wants to fit in while she peruses those beautiful boutiques.

After all the research, the lists, and the outfit testing, I think I’m ready to share my wisdom with the world. Here’s what I’m packing for Paris this Spring.

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Image via Pinterest

Neutrals

My bag will consist almost entirely of black, grey, navy and brown. It not only makes it easy to mix and match pieces, therefore creating tons of outfits with only a few items, it’s also how the Parisians dress. It’s not a city full of patterns and bright colors. A pop of color here and there, yes, all over florals and neons, no. If you want to avoid standing out, do as the locals do, go neutral.

Layering Pieces

The weather changes at the drop of a hat in Paris in Spring. It could be raining in the morning, sunny and warm in the afternoon and nearly freezing again once the sun goes down. I’ll be packing plenty of thin shirts, cardigans and sweaters that I can layer throughout the day. Layering doesn’t just keep you warm, it also looks intentional and pulls together a simple skirt and shirt by adding a bit more flare.

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Image via Uniqlo

Light Jacket

Although it’s somewhat warm during the day, a light jacket is essential in Spring. If it starts to rain or the temperature drops, you’re going to want something that’s going to keep you warm. I’m opting for a light trench coat because I love how it looks with everything and when I’m a bit warm it’s not too heavy to carry over my arm.

Delicate Jewelry

Small pieces like delicate rings and necklaces are great things to travel with. They’re light, don’t take up much space in your suitcase, and can still transform jeans and a t-shirt into something more special. I usually bring two necklaces, a few stackable rings, a small watch and thin bracelets.

Image via J Shoes

Image via J Shoes

Comfortable and Stylish Flats

If you’re like me, you are going to be doing a lot of walking around the city of lights, and you’re going to need something comfortable. But that doesn’t mean you should sacrifice all the hard work you did with the rest of your outfit and throw on a pair of sneakers. I always opt for a pair of brogues. They go with almost everything and are super comfortable to walk in all day.

Minimal Makeup

Traveling with tons of makeup can add serious weight to your luggage. I tend to go as minimal as I can when I travel and feel that foundation, concealer, powder, mascara, eyeliner and a few bright lipsticks are all I need. Can’t you just picture it: a black and white outfit, a trench coat, leather flats, dainty gold jewelry and a bold red lip. I’m quivering over my chic-ness already.

What would you pack for a Spring trip to Paris?

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