I love Paris in the springtime…especially April in Paris, with flowers in blossom… Great singers have said it all before, and spring can indeed be an enchanting time to visit the City of Light. Between the parks in full bloom (don’t miss the cherry trees in the Jardin des Plantes and behind Notre Dame), and the first rays of sunshine, the Parisians themselves are in a – relatively – good mood.
Some posts on this site contain affiliate links, meaning if you book or buy something through one of these links, I may earn a small commission (at no extra cost to you!). Opinions are always my own and I’ll never promote something I don’t use or believe in. Also as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.
So how do you back for that? And what to wear in Paris in spring? After multiple trips to the French capital, I have sort of figured it out and now you can learn from my mistakes. If you are visiting Paris in the early spring (March and early April), I would also recommend that you check out my packing list for what to wear in Paris in winter and keep an eye out for what the weather will be like during your stay. I have experienced snow in Paris as late as mid-March!
What’s the weather like in Paris in spring?
While much nicer than Paris in winter, the weather can also be a bit of a damper on your spring trip.
Between March and June, the temperatures vary with averages from the low 40s up to the mid-70s. Besides, rain showers (or, as the French call them, les giboulées) are just as likely to make an appearance along with clear blue skies, all within a single day.
You guessed it, packing for Paris in the spring – especially if you don’t want to spend your next paycheck on luggage fees – can be a bit of a headache.
Definitely check the weather a day or two before your trip, as it changes quickly and last week’s weather may be nothing like next week’s forecast.
In either case, go prepared for unpredictable weather with lots of layering items and waterproof shoes!
What To Wear in Paris in Spring
When thinking about your Paris outfits, consider classic styles. French girls and women tend to dress a bit fancier than most North Americans do for day-to-day life and focus on neutral tones and black with the occasional pop of color.
Their spring style is no different, though they’ll be prepared with waterproof shoes and a light jacket at all times, always be prepared for the wet weather that can show up on even a sunny day.
Here are a few tips to help you decide what to pack for Paris in spring.
It’s all about layers
Yes, I have said it all before. It is true any time of year, but particularly during the shoulder seasons like the spring and the fall. The weather can change dramatically multiple times, leaving you either wet and freezing or sweating, all within the span of a single day.
You may seriously regret your choices of the morning by the time lunch rolls in, but don’t make a detour to drop off your warm coat at your hotel because you will likely miss it as soon as the sun goes down or the next rain shower hits.
My advice would be to carry around a bag big enough to hold any extra clothing and accessories so you can peel them off like an onion and carry them conveniently. (Basket bags are very trendy and “in” right now!)
My scarves are my constant companions in any season, and they make a welcome addition to any outfit in the morning or once the sun goes down in the springtime. A silk scarf adds a touch of sophistication to any outfit.
Bring both long sleeve and short sleeve tops to layer up comfortably. Basic tees can easily be paired with a blazer or cardigan and some jeans for a put-together casual look. A nice blouse or white button-up is ideal for a slightly fancier look.
I would also recommend bringing a couple of lightweight but warm cardigans (now is a good time to invest in that cashmere sweater you have been eyeing) in neutral colors to go with different outfits.
Best Spots Eiffel Tower Photos Ebook
Are you looking for the best spots to take a stunning Eiffel Tower photo in Paris? Look no further! This ebook is designed to be your one-stop guide for taking those breathtaking Eiffel Tower shots throughout the city.
The impromptu rain showers that make their almost daily appearance from March until May will be your biggest adversary when it comes to packing for Paris in the spring.
They are often short but can be violent and leave you wet and shivering for the rest of the day. Not fun for a day of exploring! No matter what the weatherman may say in the morning, I would strongly recommend being ready to fend off the rain at all times.
A travel umbrella is great to keep in your bag. It's light, it doesn't take much room, and you will be thrilled to have it when needed.
Make sure that your outerwear is waterproof and preferably hooded. As always, when traveling to Paris, leave the technical gear at home and go for something more stylish.
A jacket of all trades
As always, the key to a good travel wardrobe is to make sure that it's a) easy to travel with, and b) goes with everything. In the spring, a reliable jacket is a crucial element of your capsule wardrobe.
A classic belted trench coat is a favorite among Parisians and for good reasons. It goes with everything, will take you from a walk in the park to dinner at a fancy restaurant, and is light enough to carry around once the weather warms up.
Depending on your style, go with classic choices like a leather jacket or a denim jacket. If you are planning a fancier trip or will be attending work events, a smart blazer is also a great way to dress up more casual outfits or a little black dress to go out for dinner.
You can layer your trusted jacket under your raincoat on chilly mornings and evenings or use it as outerwear once the weather warms up. All of these choices will fit right in with the Parisian crowd, and they are versatile enough to go with almost everything, from jeans to flowy dresses on the hottest days.
Shoes for all-weather
Waterproof, comfortable shoes are key for any trip to Paris, though they are one of the most challenging items to settle on. You will most likely be walking a lot. You want them to be comfortable and sturdy enough to handle anything you may throw at them, from the stairs of Montmartre to the slippery cobblestones of the Latin Quarters or the gravel alleys of Versailles.
You also want to make sure that they can handle the changing weather. If your favorite shoes are made of more delicate material (like suede or fabric), waterproof them before packing.
I usually recommend picking a single pair of shoes (my personal preference is blue, but a pair of black shoes works perfectly as well) if possible, but spring is possibly the only time of year that may warrant bringing an extra one just in case. Sneakers were a no-no until relatively recently, but they are definitely in again, and not only with the younger crowd.
Of course, this being Paris, expect fashion sneakers made of leather or neutral fabric, not the technical ones you wear at the gym. White sneakers are very trendy and popular.
Personally, I like Converse. They are lightweight enough to pack in a suitcase as a complement to warmer, sturdier leather booties you can wear on colder days.
High heels are not recommended since you’ll likely be doing lots of walking but a pair of cute ballet flats are another great option.
Get my FULL Paris Travel Planner with sheets for:
Trip Overview | Travel Budget | Accommodation Tracker | Transportation Tracker | Activities Planner | Pre-Trip Planning | Places to Visit | Itinerary Overview | Daily Itinerary | Arrondissement Guides | Road Trip Planning | Packing List | Outfit Planner | Expense Tracker | Souvenirs & Gifts List | To do List | January-December Planning Calendar | Paris Bucket List Checklist | and Travel Journal Pages
100 pages! Available for $9.99.
Outfits you can dress up and down
With the ever-shrinking size of allowed suitcases on airplanes and the endless sea of stairs in the metro (or your Airbnb!) in mind, make sure you pack as light as possible. It can be a hassle when you are already planning all the cute outfits you will wear in Paris in the spring, but trust me: you will most likely end up with outfits you will not wear rather than missing things you left at home.
Worst case scenario, you are in one of the fashion capitals of the world, and you have the perfect excuse to do a little shopping.
When packing for your spring trip to Paris, choose outfits you can dress up or down, not only from day to night but also according to the weather. A well-cut pair of dark jeans is always appropriate (note that French women tend to opt for straight cut over skinny jeans).
Add a short sleeve t-shirt layered under a long-sleeve button-down shirt and cardigan, and you are good to go no matter the weather. A t-shirt dress can be warm enough all day long if you add a pair of leggings and a warm cardigan in the morning.
You can always remove them discreetly in the restroom if needed if the afternoon. You get the gist.
If you’re visiting later in spring, a slipdress can be a good option instead of a T-shirt dress. This works beautifully for Paris in summer as well.
Paris packing list: Spring
When it comes down to it, here’s what should make its way into your suitcase:
- Long and short sleeve tops
- Button-down shirt
- Travel umbrella
- Waterproof trench coat
- Jacket (leather, denim, or blazer)
- Pair of ankle boots (leather is ideal)
- Fashion sneakers
- Dark jeans
- T-shirt dress (with leggings for layering)
- Tote bags or other bag recommendations you can find here!
A note on specific months:
- What to wear in Paris in March: waterproof everything: shoes, outerwear, bags, tights for dresses and skirts, warm hat and scarf.
- What to wear in Paris in April: light jacket (trench coat), light sweater (cardigan), scarf, and water-resistant shoes.
- What to wear in Paris in May: tees and blouses, sundresses, linen pants, blazer, and sandals.
What NOT To Wear
Let’s quickly talk about what not to wear in Paris in spring (or other times). Paris is one of the fashion capitals of the world and there’s a bit of a dress code that even visitors should adhere to unless you want to stick out like a sore thumb.
Short shorts, athletic wear (unless you’re actually going to the gym), and flip-flops are not staples of Parisian style like they tend to be in North America. Plus, the weather in spring tends to be too cold for short shorts, and tank tops and flip-flops can be dangerous on the cobblestone streets after a rain shower!
Packing for Paris by Season
How about you? What is your packing list for Paris? What is your must-bring item when traveling to Paris in the spring?
Illustrations commissioned from Linden Eller.
I am married to a French man, lived in France for 3 years, and have been to Paris more than 50 times. I am always a tourist so the information, tip, and tricks I share are created to help you!
Like it? PIN it!
- Look for fares using sites like Skyscanner or Expedia.com.
- For France (Paris) coming from the West Coast, I typically fly Air France or United. From the East Coast, I typically fly Air France or Delta.
- If you travel frequently, consider investing in a Priority Pass for airport lounge access. Not only will you have a spot to relax before your flight and charge your devices, but you can eat and drink for free (without paying crazy airport prices!)
- I use Expedia.com, Booking.com, and Hotels.com to find lodging. Always check the reviews on TripAdvisor before booking!
- For rental car agencies, try Rentalcars.com. When traveling in Europe, I use AutoEurope to make reservations. They find the best rates and allow you to compare different car rental agencies. I typically book with Sixt.
- For transportation from the CDG airport to anywhere within Paris, consider pre-booking with Get Transfer. It is one way to be stress-free and you can request an English-speaking driver.
- Tours + Atractions
- I book tours with companies like Viator and GetYourGuide. Both have a wide variety of activities for every travel style. Other companies to look at include Tours by Locals and Withlocals.
- If you’re visiting a city with multiple attractions, be sure to check out a discount pass, such as CityPASS or Go City.
- Context Travel is another option and they offer more educational-based activities.
- If you are looking to buy tickets to attractions, check out Tiquet.
- Don't Forget Travel Photos
- One of my favorite things to do is to get photos taken of me while on vacation. Flytographer is a great option with photographers all over the world.
- Peace of Mind
- It’s important to have some type of travel insurance to cover any unforeseen accidents, illnesses, threats, or cancellations. I always travel with insurance and would recommend SafetyWing, SquareMouth or Travelex Insurance are good options.
- Should you have any trouble with flight delays to the extent you feel you deserve compensation, I encourage you to check out and use AirHelp. I used them and for 1 claim I got compensated (transparency: a 2nd claim did not, but I was still glad I tried!).