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Paris Fashion: Staying Chic in the Rain

by Tory Hoen
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Tory Hoen

Tory Henwood Hoen has been published by New York Magazine, Vogue, Condé Nast Traveler, Bon Appétit, Fortune, and others. She was Creative Director of Brand at M.M.LaFleur, where she founded the brand’s digital magazine, The M Dash. Her debut novel, The Arc, is available in bookshops near you and online. View Tory Hoen's Website

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17 comments on “Paris Fashion: Staying Chic in the Rain

Even in the rain, most beautiful city in the world

I’m headed to Paris in less than 5 days and very nervous about what to pack. I think early March is still a bit wintery in Paris. This is helpful! And I just ADORE your site overall 🙂

I love people watching in France. I often want to take pictures of people and what they’re wearing, but I never do because I don’t want them to see me and get mad. How do you get away with it?

Hi Neva:

I think we have some good posts on what to wear in Paris during each season on this blog, so definitely check them out. Besides that, I’d make sure to bring great walking shoes (I always go black with those), a mid-weight jacket and a scarf, and comfortable but a bit fashionable clothes (I always lean toward black pants, neutral tops, etc.)
Enjoy Paris!

Haven in Paris

Speaking of weather in Paris- my friend and I will be there next month from mid March until the end…From what I have read it might be in the 40-50 range and possibly some rain. But can you, as a Paris resident, give me a better idea of what kind of clothes to pack? I want to not stand out as AMERICAN (with big white shoes and sweats). Not that that is how I would normally dress. Any tips would be so appreciated!

My decathlon plain black riding boots are a life send, and were €12,95. Insane! Plus the only time a French woman ever stopped me to ask where I got something I was wearing was for these boots.

And isn’t it amazing how even in the rain Paris is still so stunningly beautiful. It shines in the rain.

This has always been an issue for me – dressing for the rain. Trench – check, scarf – check, umbrella – check, dark colors – check – but rain boots – ah there’s the rub. I’m not a Hunter girl so finding appropriate boots or shoes is always the challenge – always on the prowl.

Ach – so true! But my APC raincoat is sadly not completely waterproof – just ‘water-resistant’: stick to the Burberry (invented in Britain where there is even more rain) for true effectiveness.

Funny in all the times I’ve been to Paris it has never (to my recollection) rained on me… Perhaps our upcoming visit will change that. I will definitely be packing an umbrella!

I do feel like weve been lucky b/c it hasn’t rained much this winter! I hear family in SF talk about rain all the time and I feel like it has just been sprinkling here! Hope I dont bite my words looking at rain in the forecast for next week. Well at least it’s still boots season!

If it’s gonna rain, might as well do it in style like the French!

5 Months today until I move to Paris and I cant wait for the winter and the rain! <3


This makes me wish for rain! Love all of the little “must-haves,” and even have most of them … except for the Metro tickets. Quel dommage!!

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