What to Pack for Paris in April
Heading to Paris in April and need some help with what to pack for the spring season in the city of light. Here are 24 classic and chic pieces to help you with your packing list and what to take.
April is one of my favorite times to visit the city during the year. Tourist season isn’t in full swing yet, locals are out and about enjoying the city to the fullest, and the weather is quite pleasant.
The month of April is the prime time to view the city coming to life with Cherry Blossoms, apple trees, and tulips everywhere. It’s a wonderful time to explore the many parks and gardens Paris has to offer.
Weather In Paris During April
The weather during the month of April in Paris is usually in the low 40s in the morning to the 60s in the afternoon. Mornings are brisk and rain is common during April, so you want to make sure you are prepared.
Some pieces to keep in mind will be layering tees or camis. You will also want to bring a light coat, such as a trench or leather jacket to keep you warm and dry.
Also, make sure you pack appropriately with the right accessories which include an umbrella and waterproof boots,
Shoes To Pack For Paris In April
Paris by foot is the best way to take advantage of walking around the city during April. Just be prepared with comfortable shoes to walk all over Paris. Everyone in Paris wears sneakers these days, popular ones are VEJA, Stan Smith, and Converse. If you’ll be wearing a lot of dresses or skirts, you might want to pack tall boots as well.
You can see my entire post dedicated to the best walking shoes for Paris here and the ones I find the most comfortable during my trip for fall, spring, and summer.
I also carry around my Longchamp tote with an extra pair of shoes for the day. That way, if I want to stop and take pictures in one shoe but wear my sneakers to walk around, I can switch them out.
My one tip is to make sure you take along some sort of gel insoles and these Moleskine pads to put on the back of your shoes.
Also, Paris is not the place to break in new shoes so make sure you don’t bring a brand new pair to walk the city.
Neutral Outfits To Wear In Paris In April
When I pack for Paris, I prefer to blend in and look more like a local. I tend to stick with a neutral color palette but also pack versatile items which you can easily mix and match to look chic and classic during the spring season.
Make sure to pack pieces that you can use for layers. Since the weather will still be chilly in the mornings, it’s best to have layers you can wear under sweaters, a trench coat, or a blazer. My favorite layering tops are from Cuyana but Everlane also has great ones as well.
You will see a lot of Parisian women in mostly jeans and trousers. Depending on the weather some will have on dresses or skirts with a jacket. No athleisurewear so leave your yoga pants at home, please.
Another thing to think about is if any of your pieces need to be tailored before your trip. I always make sure to take anything to the tailor a few weeks before the trip to ensure they are ready in time.
Travel Gear For Paris In April
I have narrowed down a list of 24 items that I pack for every Paris trip. These are the items I consider necessary for the trip.
A great carry-on bag for the plane which is comfortable enough to carry everything I need. I have this carry-on bag but Everlane also has an affordable option. Inside the bag, I pack my eye mask, water bottle, and slippers ( I like to put these on when I am on the plane).
Of course, my headphones are always with me as well as my Mer Sea wrap that goes everywhere. You can see all the Paris travel essentials I make sure to pack here.
For my suitcase, I use these Amazon suitcases and they have been great. I also use these packing cubes to help me pack more and these laundry bags. This luggage scale always goes with me so I know how heavy my bags are, and this travel steamer is perfect and works very well.
Other important items not to forget would be adapters, phone and camera chargers, and travel wallet if you want ( I use one and love it because I carry paperwork in there as well).
Included is a downloadable PDF packing list. Print this and check it off to ensure you have everything for your trip. You can download the packing list HERE, I’ve included the Spring list.
Other Important Packing Tips For Paris In April
April can still be a bit brisk in the mornings, so take this into consideration when packing. If you are someone who gets chilly easily, maybe you want to take more layers in the form of tees, long sleeve bodysuits, or more camis.
This list is meant to help inspire and obviously isn’t all-inclusive of other things you might want to pack.
J.Crew Willa Blazer
Classic looking black blazer with gold button detailing to wear with the camis, button down, and striped top. Easy, timeless, and incredibly versatile, a black blazer is always a key piece for Paris.
J.Crew Striped Top
Another incredibly Parisian necessity is a striped top to wear by itself, with trousers, under a trench, and under a blazer or tweed jacket.
MANGO Denim Jacket
A chic look way to wear a denim jacket, a bit longer and with a belt. Wear it with jeans, trousers, over a dress, with sneakers or flats.
J.Crew Button Top
Classic plain ivory top to dress up or down.
AGOLDE Straight Leg Denim
Keep your skinny jeans at home and instead pack a pair of straight-leg denim which can be worn with flats, sneakers, boots, or even slingbacks. This pair from AGOLDE is flattering, and classic, and look great styled with a cardigan or blazer.
Cuyana Silk Cami
Beautiful and classic camis to layer under blazers, jackets, and sweaters. These are some of my favorites and go with everything. I wear my normal size in these.
The best tote to carry around Paris in my opinion. It’s lightweight, holds a ton, and is one of the bags all Parisian women are carrying. Go with black or navy.
J.Crew Sheath Dress
Classic long black dress for evenings out or even to the museum.
Alex Mill Cardigan
Timeless and chic this cardigan can easily go from day to night. Wear it with jeans during the day and layer over a cami with trousers and slingbacks for the evening.
Definitely an accessory you want to have on hand in April for the days a rain shower might pop up.
MANGO Trench Coat
A trench coat is always a great option to wear in the spring plus it’s incredibly chic and classic.
Black flare denim from MOTHER, which is always flattering and comfortable.
MANGO Turtleneck Sweater
A timeless classic turtleneck sweater to wear under a blazer or jacket.
& Other Stories Scarf
To tie your outfit together, wear a scarf and be like a Parisian.
Designer shoes look for less with these Vaneli slingbacks.
Sézane Milo Bag
Love this Sézane bag which is incredibly chic looking and holds quite a bit. If it’s a bit over your price tag, try the J.Crew Edie Bag.
MANGO Ballet Flats
Parisian girl it shoe of the season, try these ballet flats from MANGO.
Comfortable and classic pair of trousers to wear while walking around during the day. Wear them with the blazer, tweed jacket, striped top, and sweater.
MANGO Tweed Jacket
Stylish and very French looking, you can’t go wrong with this classic and timeless tweed jacket.
Beautiful navy sweater to wear under the denim jacket, or trench coat, trousers, black jeans, and scarf.
J.Crew Leather Belt
Classic leather belt to wear with jeans and trousers.
Cole Hahn Waterproof Boot
There are days in April when it rains in Paris, and you want to make sure you’re feet are covered so you can still walk all those miles.
Adidas Stan Smith
You’ll see sneakers all over Paris and this style is a popular one and quite comfortable as well. I always take these on my trips to Paris.
J.Crew Button Down
Blue and white striped ruffle button-down to wear under the denim jacket or blazer.
Here are different outfit combinations in case you’re in need of inspiration on how to wear the 24 pieces.
Paris In April Outfit Ideas
Hopefully, this has helped with your Paris in April packing list to help you feel put together, chic, confident, and ready for your trip to Paris.
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