Becoming a Parisian: How to Dress & Pack for Paris

Paris – its the fashion capital of the world where black is always the new black and forget about diamonds; a scarf is a girls’ best friend. So you need a little help dressing yourself for Paris in order to dress and look like a local? Here’s a quick guide to help you in your quest to becoming a Parisian (almost) overnight…

What to Pack forย Paris


Theย Scent

French women know all too well that less is more when it comes to your signature scent. Pick something that suits your personality – perhaps Christian Dior Hypnotic Poison if you’re strong and self assured, Miss Dior Cherie for a floral, light and fluffy scent, or find your perfect Jo Malone scent to suit your personality (they last all day and are well worth the investment as any woman knows)!


Black, Always Black

If there’s only one thing that can be certain about Parisian fashion ‘rules’ as such, its that black is never out of fashion, and in winter it is your go-to, every time. If you dare to show your playful side, add a splash of colour but always stick to to black accessories and don’t go too matchy-matchy.



Head Gear

Wondering how Parisians always look so damn stylish!?ย Me too. One thing is for sure, a hat will always dress up an outfit and make you feel instantly more chic. Here’s a few WOW faves that are currently on rotation:



The Accessories

Scarves are a necessity in any French woman’s closet, as are gloves for the winter time. What you hold inside your handbag will also say a lot about you…


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Cosmetics: Less is More

French women have a way of enhancing their beauty naturally that will literally leave us all baffled and befuddled for the rest of time. But it appears one thing can be said about the magic of French women’s beauty: less is more. You will never see a French woman with a face full of heavy foundation or eye liner. Instead, try a BB cream for a light coverage and instant ‘glow’ effect, a touch of blusher, never go without mascara, and a neutral lip.


Show your Personality

When you look at a French woman and her style, you can instantly see what she is trying to tell you. She might be trying to look mysterious, but that in itself says enough about her. She might be into literature or she might like to wear high heels suggesting she has an interest in fashion (‘cos c’mon, wearing heels in Paris is some serious dedication to the cause). Show your personality through your style and you’ll be a Parisian woman in no time!

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    November 26, 2015 at 4:10 am

    Wow ! wonderful blog post about parisian dress and these are looking so nice and very stunning itโ€™s also helpful information all of us so thanks a lot for sharing this.

    Heather K
    October 5, 2015 at 3:03 pm

    Such a great post idea! Love the travel lifestyle you’ve managed to create!

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    September 30, 2015 at 8:14 pm

    Love the post and its illustrations! J’adore ๐Ÿ™‚

    September 30, 2015 at 6:35 pm

    Hi Brooke. I recently found your site through bloglovin and I’m so glad I did! I just moved to Amsterdam a month ago, started a blog about food & travel, and Paris is on my list of places to go. I went there when I was 17 but I’m 27 now and only live a 3-5 hour train ride away so I must go back. I am much more fashionable too when I was 17 but can always use more help. Luckily, coming from NYC, I have a lot of black clothes ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for the tips!

    Eva Fashion Site
    September 30, 2015 at 12:46 am

    Wow! <3

    September 29, 2015 at 5:22 pm

    Some great tips.

    I always have to break out my for special occasion clothes when I’m in Paris because the backpacking outfit just doesn’t do in Paris!

    Melissa | Suitcase and Heels
    September 29, 2015 at 9:33 am

    I considered it a great compliment when people would stop me in Paris and ask me for directions. I took it to mean I looked like a local. One key I thought was ballet flats instead of sandals. Also, simple but elegant accessories.

    Miles of Happiness - Marie
    September 29, 2015 at 9:28 am

    Gorgeous! Who did these beautiful illustrations?

    September 29, 2015 at 2:25 am

    Haha “black, always black”! That is too true. I love how fascinated all us english-speaking girls are with french style. Great post, Brooke!
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    September 29, 2015 at 1:37 am

    These are all such chic recommendations! Love this post! ๐Ÿ™‚
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    September 29, 2015 at 12:15 am

    I love the look! ๐Ÿ™‚ Midi skirts and striped shirts are very parisian ๐Ÿ™‚

    September 28, 2015 at 11:56 pm

    What a darling little post! I love the drawings and it makes me want to pack my bags and go to Paris immediately : )
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    September 28, 2015 at 7:30 pm

    My husband and I just came back from Paris and it’s absolutely stunning! Pack light and have comfortable shoes as you will be doing a lot of walking! Black clothing to look chic and Parisian!

    September 28, 2015 at 7:24 pm

    omg these drawings are too cute!!!

    Sorcha Mayes
    September 28, 2015 at 6:12 pm

    I’m off to Paris in October! Such a handy post with lovely drawings ๐Ÿ™‚ x

    September 28, 2015 at 5:29 pm

    Do you draw these yourself Brooke? They are incredibly cute! ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve noticed they’ve come up in a few posts lately. xx

    Blondes & Bagels
    September 28, 2015 at 2:17 pm

    BLACK, ALWAYS BLACK! Love this rule. Totally follow it for my own wardrobe. #allblackeverything

    September 28, 2015 at 2:07 pm

    This is such a cute list! I’m actually visiting Paris next year so I’ll keep this in mind!


    Seira Tanaka
    September 28, 2015 at 8:40 am

    This is exactly what I need! Thank you Brooke <3

    September 28, 2015 at 7:00 am

    Loved this post so much, reminded me of the book ‘How To Be Parisian’. Lots of inspiration here to play with!

    September 28, 2015 at 6:50 am



    Great post !

    Have a nice day


    Inรชs serodio
    September 28, 2015 at 6:44 am

    Completely adored this article and the cute illustrations!

    September 28, 2015 at 6:17 am

    Hats are definitely always required in Paris – they make any outfit more chic!