Paris In October – What To Pack

Paris In October

October is a great time to travel to Paris, the crowds have died down, hotels are cheaper, and the weather is beautiful. Here are 22 pieces to help inspire your packing if you’re traveling to Paris during the month of October.


The weather for Paris in October tends to be on the cooler side. The temps can range anywhere between 40-60s mostly with the average temperature being in the 50s.

Paris in October also brings rain, so you want to make sure you are prepared with an umbrella, waterproof boots, and a trench coat.

Shoes For Paris in October

Paris always involves a lot of walking no matter what season but you will want to pack a pair of sneakers. Everyone in Paris wears sneakers these days, popular ones are VEJAStan Smith, and Converse.

This summer I saw a lot of Parisians now wearing the brand Axel Arigato, which I also picked up a pair in Paris. You can also take a pair of ballet flats, loafers, or waterproof booties in case it rains.

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.  Paris is full of cobblestone streets, so you want to leave your stilettos for dinners or evenings only and not everyday walking.

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.

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

Whenever I travel to Paris, I prefer to look more like a local vs. a tourist so I try and stay very neutral when it comes to my outfits. I make sure to pack versatile pieces that can be mixed and matched with each other.

I also like to pack pieces that are timeless, classic, and a bit chic. You would be surprised how much of a difference it makes when you are dressed more like a local versus an out-of-town visitor.

Packing basics will go a long way and actually give you more outfits. A good list to start with would be a pair of blue or black denim. A pair of grey or black trousers and a long black skirt or dress.

You will see a lot of Parisian women in mostly jeans and trousers. Depending on the weather some will still have on dresses or skirts with a jacket. No athleisurewear so leave your yoga pants at home, please. Shoes will be mostly sneakers and booties, and a slingback can also be an option.

Another thing to think about is if any of your pieces need to be tailored before your trip. I always take anything to the tailor a few weeks before the trip to ensure they are ready in time.

Layering Pieces

Since October can bring chilly temperatures and damp and cold days, you will want to pack lots of layers, to wear under sweaters, a blazer, or even a trench coat. I find it much better to layer up and take off during the day as needed versus being cold all day.

A few of my favorite pieces to layer are with silk camis like these from J.Crew and Cuyana, long sleeve tees from J.Crew or Everlane, and t-shirts from ATM and Sézane.




Travel Gear for October

When it comes to travel gear, I’ve learned over the years what works the best and items you may not think about but have helped me. When it comes to traveling on a plane this is what I always have with me.

A great carry-on bag for the plane which is comfortable enough to carry everything I need. I have this carry-on bag and carry-on suitcase, which I have been incredibly happy with.

Inside the bag, I pack my eye maskwater 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 MERSEA wrap that goes everywhere.

Here are a few beauty tips for when I travel to Paris. I try to stay away from more than one alcoholic drink on the plane due to hydration. I also put this hydrating face mask on when I board to keep my face hydrated and use this eye cream when we land to help with puffiness.

When I check a suitcase, I use these Amazon suitcases and they have been great. I also use these packing cubes to help I can 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 a 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.

Graphic of 22 items for Paris in October and what to pack.

Paris in October Packing List

1. J.Crew Lady Jacket

A classic and timeless jacket you can easily dress up or down.

2. Veronica Beard Navy Dickey

Nothing is more chic than a navy blazer in Paris with jeans, boots, and a leather handbag. This is a very Parisian look, and you will certainly fit in with the locals.

3. Rag & Bone Stripe Button Down

Easy button-down to wear with jeans and trousers.

4. MANGO Trench Coat

For the cold mornings and evenings, pack a trench for the ultimate French girl coat.

5. J.Crew Ridgid Jeans

Dark denim is very common in Paris and these jeans are incredibly flattering and leg lengthening.

6. Sézane Milo Handbag

A classic black bag to carry either on your shoulders or crossbody.

7. Tuckernuck Barton Pumps

Similar pump style to an expensive designer but a fraction of the price. These are comfortable and perfect for museums, dinners out, or shopping.

8. MOTHER Straight Leg Black Denim

It’s always a good idea to pack two colors of denim, blue and black. These are straight-leg to wear with boots, sneakers, or flats.

9. J.Crew Wide Leg Trousers

Classic pair of wide-leg black trousers that fit amazingly and are incredibly comfortable.

10. ME+EM Crease Less Button Down

Love this timeless button-down shirt that feels luxurious and soft.

11. J.Crew Navy Cashmere Sweater

V-neck navy sweater to stay warm, you can wear this with the camis, under the blazer, by itself, and with one of the button-downs underneath.

12. J.Crew Silk Cami

Easy layering piece to wear under jackets and sweaters.

13. Quilted Ballet Flats

Ballet flats are always in style in Paris and these are classic and chic. You can wear them with jeans or trousers.

14. DeMeiller Navy Handbag

Love this beautiful and elegant navy leather handbag.

15. Everlane Cashmere Sweater

Another cashmere sweater but in black.

16. J.Crew Wide Leg Trousers

Same as the black trousers but in a grey shade perfect for the fall season.

17. Nordstrom Cashmere Scarf

To keep your neck warm go for this cashmere scarf.

Satin blouse to wear with jeans and under the navy blazer.

19. Alex Mill Sweater

This easy and comfy stripe sweater you can wear in multiple ways, as a sweater or a cardigan for multiple looks.

20. Blondo Waterproof Boots

For cold and rainy days you will be thankful for a pair of waterproof boots with the perfect heel height.

21. J.Crew Slip Dress

Perfect slip dress for dinner out, wear the Lady Jacket over the dress and the two-tone pumps.

22. Sézane Sneaker

Sneakers are all over Paris and this pair by the French brand will keep you on trend with the rest of the Parisians.

Need some outfit inspiration for your Paris in October trip, here are several ideas to help you along the way. These combinations are all meant to help when deciding what to pack for your trip.

Paris In October Outfit Ideas

Graphic of 22 items to pack for Paris In October


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