The Best And Worst Outfits To Wear In Paris During The Summer

By Alyssa Vandermeulen··  6 min read
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Whether you live in Paris or not, the Parisian chic style is certainly one to imitate.

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Given the consistent sunshine and rising temperatures during the summer months, summer style in Paris features loose, lightweight fabrics such as linen and silk. Think soft hues and neutral, earthy tones for stunning and comfortable outfits. Best paired with clean, natural makeup and a comfortable pair of shoes, these outfits are the perfect way to channel your inner Parisian

If you’re wondering what to wear next time you’re in the city, here are the best (and worst!) outfits to wear in Paris during the summer. 

Best: Slip Dresses

Slip dresses are effortlessly elegant and breezy for warm summer days. Easily paired with sneakers, sandals, or heels, the slip dress is known for its simplicity and feminine flair. Need some style inspo?

If you’re looking to splurge on a great quality slip dress, the Reformation Crimini Dress ($128) is a perfect choice. The patterns are simple and sweet, and the overall dress quality will last far beyond one summer in Paris. For a silkier style, the Anthropologie Elyse Bias Slip Dress ($120) is equally stunning. The dress is available in several colors, like a soft green or classy black, and would be a gorgeous day-to-night piece for a warm evening in Paris. 

However, if the Reformation or Anthropologie dress is out of the budget, the H&M Jersey Slip Dress ($15) is a great alternative to a higher price tag. This dress is a solid black, features a side slit, and mirrors the shape of the Reformation Crimini but with a square neckline. Add cute shoes and some of the Parisian accessories below, and the outfit is complete. Simple yet stunning!

Best: Blouses

Another summer favorite? The button-down blouse. Best in a soft cream or blue hue, the oversized menswear staple is a perfect layer over a top or casually tucked into a pair of linen shorts or wide-leg pants. The Everlane Relaxed Oxford Shirt ($80) is a gorgeous option for this piece, and comes in both a white and a soft blue color. Looking for a less expensive top with a similar fit? This Banana Republic Factory oversized cotton shirt ($32) is a great budget-friendly pick, with a relaxed fit and crisp, clean lines. 

Best: Linen Shorts

Linen shorts are a must-have summer item, especially in Paris. Look for a shape that accentuates the waistline and then flares out. Easily paired with a matching linen top or bodysuit, linen shorts are a great choice for lightweight summer outfits. 

Not sure where to buy? These best-selling Abercrombie linen-blend tailored shorts ($60) create a flattering silhouette and are available in a few different colors, like a creamy white and a light blue. The high-rise style shapes the waist while providing comfort and stretch. In a comparable price range, the Everlane Tourist Short ($65) is similar in shape, but also includes statement pockets and has earthy-toned color options. 

If you're ready to make more of an investment in linen, these tailored Free People Chelsea Linen shorts ($98) are high-waisted, pleated, and breezy for summer days! 

Best: Gingham Mini Dress

A classic gingham print mini dress is an adorable piece to add to your dress collection. For the neutral-lover, the Kiss the Sky Tucson Gingham Mini Dress ($79) features the perfect soft brown and cream pattern. The dress has puff sleeves and can also be worn off the shoulder. Another gingham mini dress option is the Ever New mini dress ($165). Pastel pink with sweet puff sleeves, this dress has a flattering neckline perfect for simple jewelry and picnics by the Siene River. 

Best: Sunnies

A great pair of sunnies are the ideal accessory of choice, as you can protect your eyes from bright UV rays and look cute doing it. Oversized, square, or round, sunglasses are an essential summer item to keep on your head or in your bag. Known for both style and quality, the Ray Bans brand of sunglasses are a great choice for a less expensive pair of sunnies. They come in a variety of colors and shapes, and last for years. 

Looking to shade your eyes with luxury? The Chanel line of sunglasses, like this round pair ($570), has a beautiful option for every face shape. With classic detailing and tons of neutral colors to choose from, Chanel sunglasses are perfect Parisian sunnies. Most pairs also have subtle bling!


Best: Crossbody Bags

Whether you’re touring the Louvre or channeling your inner Parisian at the local farmers' market, a crossbody bag is an overall favorite. Large enough to carry daily essentials but small enough to sling across the body, the crossbody is perfect for all kinds of summer adventures. 

Do not underestimate the casual elegance of a woven bag in the summer. Channeling vintage picnic vibes, this adorable woven bag from Anthropologie is exactly what your outfit is missing. The Bali Circle Crossbody Bag ($78) features a front clasp to keep your items safely inside, as well as a blue and white gingham print interior fabric. If the circle shape isn’t inspiring you, the bag also comes in a heart shape and a few other neutral colors!

However, if a designer bag matches your aesthetic better, the YSL Kate Small Chain Bag ($1,890) would be a perfect crossbody bag for Paris in the summer (or year-round). Leather with a gorgeous gold chain strap, this bag is a great neutral crossbody for small, daily essentials and short trips!

Worst: Oversized Coat

While oversized coats have their rightful place in French fashion, the summer months are simply not it. If light layers are needed, opt for a cardigan to finish off your look. Choose a soft pastel shade to emphasize a girly look or a black sweater for added sophistication on cooler evenings. 

Worst: Distressed Shorts

Shorts are a summer staple, but distressed shorts don’t match the overall elegance of Parisian summer wear. In order to show off those tan summer legs, choose a simple denim silhouette like an A-line denim short ($68) or stick with soft linen shorts or pants. 

Also, a skirt is another replacement for distressed shorts. A neutral mini skirt or a sophisticated black skirt can be easily paired with a blouse and sunglasses for a simple and chic look. When choosing a two-piece outfit, don’t underestimate the monochrome look – stick with one color and add accessories that complement the chosen color.

Closing Thoughts

Summers in Paris call for great outfits like these. And when in doubt, you can always add a soft red lip for some Parisian flair! 

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