May 17, 2023

What To Wear in Paris: 5 Fashion and Travel Essentials You Can't Forget to Pack

A couple walks through Paris, they are both wearing Aeronaut 30s, one in Aubergine, the other in Black,

Are you trying to avoid looking like a tourist on your trip?

We don't blame you — who doesn't want to fit in with the locals when they're in a city that's known for its fashion?

But if you want to capture the effortless elegance of Parisian fashion, you must be smart about what (and how much) you put on your packing list. Especially since you'll still need to pack all of your travel necessities. Bringing versatile fashion pieces makes it easy to mix and match, so you have access to more potential outfits. It also cuts down on how much you have to pack, giving you more room for souvenirs on the trip home.

1. Outfit Basics to Dress Like a Parisian

When packing for a trip to Paris, clothes are undoubtedly an essential part of the list. Whether you're looking to blend in with the locals at a cafe or make a statement when you visit the Eiffel Tower, what you choose to bring will set your look apart from other travelers. You'll want to organize your packing list around simple base components and statement layering pieces to achieve that Parisian style.

Opt for classic pieces like t-shirts and neutral colors that can easily transition from day to night. Investing in quality fabrics such as wool, cashmere, or silk is also a good idea so your outfit looks polished even after many wears throughout your trip. With these basics at hand, creating fashionable outfits will be effortless!

A few Paris fashion essentials you'll want to pack:

2. Stylish and Comfortable Footwear

With cobblestone streets being so typical throughout Europe, the shoes you bring will significantly impact how much sightseeing you can do on any international trip. It's important to pack comfortable and stylish footwear that can go from day to night. Not only do you want your feet to be well-supported while walking around the city, but you also want them to look chic!

Here are some tips on what pair of shoes will help make your French vacation fashionable yet practical:

3. Accessories to Elevate Daily Looks

Regardless of the time of year you visit Paris, packing the right accessories can make all the difference in creating your perfect vacation look. From stylish scarves to protect yourself from the elements in cooler weather to sunglasses and sunscreen to keep you safe from the summer sun’s UV rays, these items will help ensure you look great while exploring this iconic city. Read on for a few essential accessories that should be on any Parisian fashionista's packing list!

4. Toiletries and Other Travel Essentials

When packing for an international trip, it's important to remember the basics of toiletry items and other travel essentials. While traveling abroad, TSA regulations limit what can go in your carry-on bag, so you'll want to plan accordingly when selecting which toiletries to pack. It may be more cost-effective and convenient to purchase some items (like shampoo and conditioner) at your destination rather than bringing your own. However, there are still a few essential items to pack to ensure your vacation is as comfortable and stress-free as possible!



5. Bags For Every Occasion

Figuring out what to pack for an international trip can be daunting, especially if you're trying to fit everything into one suitcase. You must bring suitable bags on your journey to maximize your suitcase space and organize your items. From a travel bag to carry all your essentials to stylish totes that are great for day trips or souvenir shopping, having the perfect bag for every occasion will ensure that packing and traveling abroad is as stress-free as possible!

Here are the bags we're packing:

Perfect Your Paris Packing List With Packing Cubes

Trying to pack for a trip can be overwhelming, especially if you're headed abroad. But investing in minimalism and organization will make the process much easier! With our packing cubes, you can fit more into your luggage while keeping everything organized. Not only do they help you save space, but they also keep everything neatly tucked away, making it easier to find what you need when you arrive at your destination. Plus, with minimalistic packing options like these, it's easier to build stylish outfits that look effortless yet sophisticated - perfect for blending in with the local style of Paris!

You can find all of our packing cubes, plus other accessories, with our Organizational Bags.


Jess - June 3, 2023

Please remember, TSA-compliant only means it has been approved for US use, not international. For many airports you will need to use the provided zip-lock bags.

Mary Feeney - May 24, 2023

My Tom Bihn Small Café bag recently made its second trip to Paris. First time was in 2017. Okay, it’s not fashionable, but it travels like no other crossbody. The extra-wide strap with shoulder pad helps it stay in place. Open flap in back is ideal for map, notebook (call me old-fashioned). Of note, this spring many Parisiennes were sporting “sacs banane” or fanny/front packs. A similar Bihn bag would fit right in. Love, love my Small Café almost as much as a small café in Paris.

Leave a Comment

Please note, comments must be approved before they are published

We're the TOM BIHN crew: we design bags, make bags, ship bags, and answer questions about bags. Oh, and we collaborate on blog posts, too.