It’s no secret that French women are fashionable. Baseball caps and sneakers are not only out of style, but will peg you right away as a tourist. If you want to fit in and stay fashionable, keep these top tips in mind when packing for your trip to France. In this last part of our series, Jennifer covers outerwear. Here’s her top advice.
If visiting France in the wintertime you will need a coat. A very heavy coat. Make sure yours is not only warm but also stylish. The luxury is in the details: a faux fur or shearling lining, for example, or a high collar.
- Travel Tip: If your coat is very heavy make sure you layer your clothes underneath. Buildings are heated generously in France and you don’t want to overheat once inside.
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Spring and Fall
For spring and fall a trench coat is an absolute must. A lightweight trench is perfect for dodging unexpected rain showers and can look oh so chic when belted at the waist (although don’t actually use the belt and buckle, just tie it in a haphazard knot– it looks more carefree and romantic). Don’t forget to pop the collar and roll up the sleeves slightly.
Summer weather in France varies by region, and can still be chilly, particularly in the evening. For summertime a lightweight blazer is a great idea to have on hand in case the warm day turns into a brisk evening. Lightweight cashmere cardigans are also a must as they can be carried in your handbag during the day and worn over your shoulder or casually buttoned as you move into twilight.
More lessons from Madame Chic
Jennifer L. Scott is the writer and editor of The Daily Connoisseur. She is also the author of the bestselling lifestyle book, Lessons from Madame Chic: The Top 20 Things I Learned While Living in Paris. To learn more visit www.jenniferlscott.com.
- To return to Part 2 of Ms. Scott’s three-part special on French fashion, go to
Fitting in Fashionably in France – Part 2.
- To read about how French women achieve that “au natural” look check out Ms. Scott’s first guest blog post on ForeignIQ Groom Like a Parisian.
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