Capsule wardrobe for a trip to Paris this September

Capsule wardrobe for a trip to Paris this September

Capsule wardrobe for a trip to Paris this September

I am planning a very exciting short trip to Paris at the end of September. This visit will be purely for pleasure and not for work. I will be travelling with my daughter and one of my best friends and her daughter. It is an interesting story as this friendship spans three generations starting with our mothers being very good friends and our daughters carrying on the tradition. So I am looking forward to some laughs.

I am sure I will spend some time sitting in cafes “people watching”. One of my favourite occupations. I will then be able to let you know what the chic Parisian women are wearing this Autumn.

I have started to plan my capsule wardrobe. The image above shows what I will be wearing for the journey. I find a lightweight mac essential for travelling as you never know when a shower can occur. I will be taking my grey check jacket. It is a couple of seasons old so I have selected a similar style which is currently available. If the temperature is predicted to be warmer I might swap out the sweater for a lighter version. I find comfortable jeans practical for travelling. A pair of comfortable ankle boots are essential. I bought mine last year. I always use a bum bag as I like to keep my essential documents such as passport, iphone etc safe when travelling on the metro.

Details of above:

Grey check blazer Boden / navy showerproof coat JohnLewis&Partners Unfortunately this jacket has sold out since I wrote the post similar / Plum cable knit sweater Boden / Small pink silk scarf Chicatanyage shop / Multicoloured necklace Marks&Spencer / Straight leg navy jeans JohnLewis@Partners / Black bum bag Marks&Spencer / Zip detail tote bag Marks&Spencer / Burgundy ankle boots JohnLewis&Partners /

Capsule travel wardrobe

Capsule wardrobe for a trip to Paris this September. In my bag (I will only be taking a rucksack) I will have a silk cream shirt, which I plan to wearing under my check jacket for dinner on Saturday night, teamed with my black trousers and flat black pumps. On Sunday I will probably wear my jeans plus a simple white tee under the blue longline cardigan. I will be taking three scarves, they are so useful for ringing the changes. Also some costume jewellery.

I will be keeping the colour palette neutral with a few flashes of colour. I find that the Parisians keep their basic items dark toned and then add brighter colours with their accessories. It will be interesting to see how they are styling their outfits this year.

Details of above:

Silk shirt Boden / Black wide trousers HopefashionUK / Blue long line cardigan Pure collection JohnLewis&Partners / Multicoloured apricot silk scarf Chicatanyage shop / Multicoloured turquoise silk scarf Chicatanyageshop / Black pumps Marks&Spencer / Black rucksack JohnLewis&Partners / White tee shirt JohnLewis&Partners.

You can see what I wore for an October trip to Paris a couple of years ago. I do remember it being quite chilly then and having to buy a thermal vest.


  1. Sandra
    9th September 2019 / 16:28

    Sounds like a lovely trip which will create wonderful memories. I am planning a mother/daughter trip in mid-November which is thus far in the discussion stage.

    I will be in Paris from October 3-15 and I am only planning to bring a lined raincoat and a utility jacket. Do you think I would need something warmer? I read your previous post where you purchased a vest, but I am running out of room in my suitcase 🙂

    • 9th September 2019 / 17:02

      Hi Sandra
      It is difficult to know. It was very cold that year. There are plenty of Uniqlo stores in Paris you could always pop in and buy a thermal if you need it.

    • 9th September 2019 / 21:11

      Though I’ve not been in Paris at that time of year, I agree with Josephine. An ultra light down vest from Uniqlo is a great addition to any travel wardrobe. They’re so lightweight, yet warm, and take up almost no space. They come in a wide variety of colours.

      Elaine @ Following Augustine

  2. Brenda Chell
    9th September 2019 / 16:43

    Lovely choice of outfits Josephine. Have a great time with the girls and fill us in on all the interesting things you see when people watching. We look forward to your return.

  3. Jayne
    9th September 2019 / 21:24

    I love each and every piece you have here.

  4. Angela in NZ
    9th September 2019 / 22:59

    Thermal viscose tanks have become my saviour. They truly stop that chill factor when wearing a looser top. And if it unexpectantly becomes too much I’ve been known to pop in the ladies room and put it in my handbag! Also, always travel with a silk scarf. Autumn is my favourite travel season as it seems to be the most settled. Love the burgundy boots.

  5. Pat
    13th September 2019 / 01:51

    What lovely choices for the trip. You will look fabulous!

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