What To Wear To Dinner In Paris

What To Wear To Dinner In Paris

Paris is known for its dining scene and there are plenty of places to find that perfect meal in the city of light. Food is a big part of French culture as well as fashion, and they go hand in hand. Today, I am sharing some outfit inspiration on what to wear to dinner in Paris. Whether you’re eating at a Michelin-starred restaurant or local café.

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During my first trip to visit Paris, I remember eating dinner at a restaurant and sitting next to this incredibly chic French woman. I will always remember her outfit because it was so simple yet so elegant and classy.

She was wearing a white tweed jacket, straight-leg denim, CHANEL slingbacks, and carrying a simple black leather bag. That was over 10 years ago and that outfit would still be just as classic and timeless today in Paris.

Parisians dress the same way for dinner, as they do in their everyday life. Classic, elevated, and timeless. You won’t see Parisians specifically dining in baseball hats or French women wearing yoga pants to a restaurant.

What you will see are beautiful and simple outfits that don’t take much to get ready. The French are much more interested in enjoying dinner and each other’s company versus getting dressed up to impress people.

Are There Dress Codes For Dinner In Paris

Of course, depending on the restaurant you are eating at, could determine if there’s a dress code or not. If you are eating at a Michelin-star restaurant or a luxury hotel, you probably want to look at the restaurant website to see if there’s a dress code, if you aren’t quite sure.

If you are eating at a café, there’s no dress code and jeans are always acceptable. Of course, you won’t see Parisians wearing embellished or ripped denim of any kind. It’s best to stick with a straight leg, flare, or wide leg if you want to look like a Parisian.

For restaurants that require a reservation, most likely it will tell you on the website when you’re making the reservation if a dress code is required. If it doesn’t specifically tell what you want to wear but says dress code, I would stick with dresses, skirts, or trousers to be on the safe side.

I would also make sure to wear appropriate footwear like slingbacks, heels, or ballet flats. I wouldn’t wear sneakers to a restaurant with a dress code.

What To Wear To Dinner In Paris

Tweed Jacket + Trousers + boots

Black Trousers with Black Boots, Black Bag, and Tweed Jacket

Tweed jackets are one of those clothing items that most French women have in their closets. They are so classic and incredibly timeless. Plus, they are easy enough to dress up or dress down depending on the occasion.

If you are going to dinner at your hotel or even to a nice restaurant and you want to wear something more than jeans, put on a nice pair of trousers.

Wearing the trousers with a tweed jacket elevates the outfit but you still remain comfortable. Add some boots and a classic leather handbag.

Depending on the season, under the tweed jacket, you could wear a simple cami or lightweight sweater if necessary.

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black blazer + Cami + Dark Denim + Mules

Graphic of black blazer, dark denim, silk cami, and mules.

The most classic of outfits for a casual dinner would be a black blazer, love this one with the gold detail buttons, which elevate the blazer. Then add a pair of dark denim, some black mules or pumps, and a leather bag.

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Blazer + Slip Dress + Slingbacks + Evening Bag

Graphic of blue silk dress with black cardigan and slingbacks.

A beautiful silk slip dress always looks elegant and classic. Pair it with a blazer or cardigan for when you get cold. You could even accessorize with a belt around the blazer as well, to elevate the outfit a bit.

A slip dress is actually one that you could wear 3 ways during your visit to Paris. In the morning with a denim or leather jacket. In the afternoon, you could take the jacket off and put a T-shirt under the dress to walk around the city. And, at night for dinner wear the dress with a blazer, heels, and a belt.

The color of this Vince slip dress is so chic along with this ba&sh Paris cardigan with black and gold buttons. Finish it off with a black clutch and slingbacks for a night out.

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What to wear to dinner in Paris outfit of a black silk skirt, tall boots, and sweater.

When in doubt, always go with a simple yet classic outfit for dinner in Paris. Whether you are going to a Michelin-starred restaurant or a bistro, a black skirt, top, and tall boots will always be appropriate.

Depending on the season, you could go with tall black boots or simple pumps or heels. Add a little sparkle to your all-black outfit with a fun clutch or add a pop of color.

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Tweed Jacket + Wide Leg Denim + Slingbacks

Graphic of Tweed Jacket, Silk Cami, and Denim

For the nights when you are heading to a local restaurant in your favorite arrondissement, a pair of jeans is appropriate. Make sure your jeans don’t have holes or embellishments of any kind.

Wear a pair of wide-leg jeans with a beautiful tweed jacket or silk blouse to add some polish to the jeans. Add a pair of slingbacks or pumps to the outfit and finish with a simple yet classic black leather bag.

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Hopefully, this has provided some outfit inspiration on what to wear to dinner in Paris during your trip. Stick with classic, timeless, chic pieces and you will no doubt not only look like a Parisian but enjoy your meal at the same time.

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