It’s finally here. As you read this, I’m probably somewhere over the Atlantic ocean, bound for the City of Light.
I started thinking about what to pack for my business trip to Paris not long after I booked it back in December, and even dedicated an entire post back in January to what I was considering bringing with me. I guess you could say I’m excited.
By some miracle of Parisian weather, it’s looking like I’ll be incredibly fortunate during my trip. I had expected the worst for March weather, but according to the forecasts, I’m going to be treated to highs near 60 degrees and SUNSHINE!!!
In other words: perfect weather to ring in springtime in Paris.
Packing for a Business Trip to Paris: On the Plane
Figuring out what to wear on a long haul flight is always a challenge. For the twelve-hour overnight flight to Paris from California, I’m honestly tempted to just wear pajamas. But since I’m traveling with colleagues, I’m planning to wear a variation of my normal work travel outfit so that I can be comfortable but still put-together.
For this trip, I’m planning on wearing my favorite black skinny jeans, a long tunic-style sweater to keep me warm, black ankle boots, and a scarf. I always end up freezing on international flights, so I’m also bringing some cozy wool socks and an extra long-sleeve layer, just in case I need it.
Once I arrive, I’ll do a quick version of my Post-Redeye Beauty Routine to clean up from the looooong flight.
Packing for a Business Trip to Paris: Essential Work Pieces
Since this is a business trip, I’m relying on a few staples from my business travel capsule wardrobe, including my black wool suit, a gray cardigan, and a few other dresses. Those pieces will cover the days when I’m in meetings.
In addition to my staples, I couldn’t resist adding a few new pieces for this trip, so I also scooped up this simple A-line dress, and this neutral tweed dress, both of which I’m planning to wear with tights and black ankle boots.
Most of these work pieces can be styled a bit more casually, so I can also make them work for dinners or drinks in the evenings. I tend to gravitate towards neutrals when it comes to clothes (and pretty much everything – hello blog design). This makes packing pretty easy, since black, white, gray and taupe mix and match well. The only problem is that it can get boring.
So when I saw this coat the other day while in J.Crew, I snagged it, knowing it would be a beautiful pop of color to top off my neutral outfits.
It’ll also be the perfect piece to keep me toasty warm while I explore the city. I know 60 degrees is balmy for most of you, but what can I say – I’m used to San Diego weather!
Packing for a Business Trip to Paris: Vacation on the Side
Now for the fun part: I’m also tacking on a few days at the end of my trip to relax and enjoy Paris. What’s on my agenda?
A Secret Wine Bar tour, a day trip to Epernay to indulge my love of Champagne, dinner with a longtime girlfriend, shopping in Le Marais, wandering through Montmarte, and boutique-hopping in St. Germaine.
Oh…and a special surprise that I can’t wait to share with you!
I’m bringing a few more staples for this part of the trip:
Tops: a favorite slouchy gray sweater, two sweaters I got for Christmas (here and here, and both now on sale!), long-sleeve shirts for layering, a casual button-down, blouses for dinners out (taupe, matte gray, navy, pink, and ivory), as well as my favorite camisole in different colors.
So did I manage to fit all of this into a carry-on bag? I’ll let you know! Follow me on Instagram to keep up with my Parisian adventures!
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