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.


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 + Ballet Flats + Leather Bag

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 classic ballet flats( of course CHANEL are ideal), but not necessary.

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


Leather Jacket + Short Dress + Heels + Leather Clutch

Short dress with black leather jacket and heels to wear for a night out in Paris.

For the nights when you are going for cocktails before or after dinner, you could wear a short dress with heels, assuming it’s a warmer month.

During the fall season, you could wear the same dress but with tall boots and tights. A leather jacket is always a good idea regardless of the time of year. It adds a little edge to the outfit but also keeps you warm in a cold restaurant or walking around Paris in the evening.

A small leather bag that can double as a shoulder bag or clutch is always a good idea and is easy to carry around, plus they look very chic with the rest of the outfit.


Blazer + Slip Dress + Slingbacks + Evening Bag

Navy silk dress with a black blazer, slingbacks for dinner in Paris.

During warmer months a beautiful silk slip dress looks elegant and classic. Pair it with a blazer 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.


Black dress with tall black boots, gold bracelet, for dinner in PARIS.

When in doubt, always go with a simple black dress for dinner in Paris. Whether you are going to a Michelin-starred restaurant or a bistro, a black dress 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 handbag.


Tweed Jacket + Wide Leg Denim + Slingbacks

Tweed jacket with flare denim, chanel dupe, all part of what to wear to dinner.

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 your 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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