Are you wondering what to wear in France in June? Well, fear not, this France Summer Packing List will cover everything that you need for the different French regions and islands as well as the weather, sightseeing, beaches and more if you are visiting in the month of June.
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Weather in France in June
June is the start of summer in France. However the islands, mountains, city and beaches all have quite different climates. This guide will talk about what to wear in France generally in June, however if you wan’t more specific regional guidance be sure to check out the below posts:
Also it is worth noting that the weather between months changes quite dramatically in France. Therefore if your trip spans a couple of months then please be sure to check out our other monthly:
How hot is France in June?
June in France is the start of summer and the temperatures are starting to heat up. However it will depend on what part of France you are visiting as to what the temperatures will be like.
For instance if you are visiting Paris in June tends to range from average highs of 73°F/23°C and an average low of 13°C /55°F depending on the time of month you travel with the end of the month being warmer than the start.
However in the South of France you can expect summer temperatures to be around 30oC (80oF) with little rainfall. Also the water temperature has started to warm up and will be warm enough in the South for some people people to swim in.
Does it rain a lot in June in France?
France in June is actually a relatively dry month. Typically you can expect some rainfall in June. Although you may get around 12 days of rain in this month, but it will only be of note on around 7 days. And of note I mean above 1mm.
And typically you will get more rain in the North than in the South of the country.
What to Wear in France in June
Best Shoes for France in June
Sneakers are the perfect shoe for summers in France, especially in the cities such as Paris, Provence and Rouen where you will have to do a lot of sightseeing on foot.
They are also great for sightseeing on French islands such as Corsica.
After sneakers my favorite shoe for France in June is definitely a sandal especially outside of the cities and in the South and islands. These are breathable for days when you do light walking and are also the perfect shoe for evenings out.
If you would like to wear a pair of sandals instead of sneakers for a large amount of walking then we recommend testing them before travel to ensure they are comfortable to walk in.
And if you want a sandal with height for evenings, then I recommend a wedge over a heel as these are better in the cities.
Flip flops are not good shoes for walking around cities due to the lack of support. However they are good for vacations in June when you plan to spend a lot of time on the beach or even round the pool. Therefore we would recommend having flip flops only really for Corsica, South of France, the French Riviera and if you are staying in accommodation with a pool.
For more information on what not to wear in France check out this post.
What to Wear in France in June for women
Skirts and dresses
Skirts and dresses are in fashion wherever you go in France in June. The locals tend to opt for summer dresses over shorts in the cities and on the coast you will find these very much in fashion.
Therefore to keep cool in the heat and to dress like the locals we recommend wearing maxi dresses and maxi skirts and tops.
However if you want to wear a dress or skirt in a religious setting remember that you are required to keep your knees and shoulders covered.
Also we recommend you pick dresses in natural fabrics only to help reduce sweat.
You will find that during the summer pastel shades and florals are always in style no matter the region you are traveling in.
Light weight trousers such as chinos, cotton pants and linen are good choices for France in June. They are loose and cool and work if you plan on visiting religious settings such as Notre Dame Cathedral and are another alternative to dresses that will still have you in keeping with local styles.
You could bring jeans with you, especially if you are staying in Norther France. However you may find these too hot in Southern France in June.
You will not tend to find locals wearing shorts in the city. Therefore to blend in with locals you will want to reserve these for more coastal regions and areas where you will be doing hiking for instance.
And please note many churches in France require knees to be covered to enter. Therefore if you are visiting a church be sure to wear trousers or a long skirt on that day.
A loose blouse works perfectly for warmer days and cooler nights and is a great item to wear to dinner in France.
T Shirts are perfect everywhere in France in June. On the streets of Paris you are more likely to see plain t shirts rather than graphic or slogan so bear this in mind if you want to fit in with the locals.
Also at this time of year you will need more short sleeve than long sleeve t shirts with you. Tank tops are also acceptable everywhere in France except for in churches where shoulders must be covered. For this reason we also recommend packing a
A pashmina is always on my European packing list whatever the month. It is useful as it can act as a scarf or extra layer on cooler days and can help make your outfit more modest for visits to monasteries or churches.
PJs or Nightie
Lightweight pyjamas and nighties are an essential for France in June as much accommodation in France or Europe generally will not have air conditioning.
Sunglasses are essential in France especially in Summer. Be sure to pack a pair with good UVA protection.
A sunhat is an essential for France even in the cities but especially for the beaches and islands.
Whenever I travel with a sun hat I recommend taking this as carry on instead of a suitcase to help maintain the hats shape.
Swimwear is definitely an optional item if you are visiting France in June, dependent on where oyu are going.
If you are staying in cities such as Paris in accommodation with no pool and no intention of visiting one of the city’s outdoor pools then you can leave your swimwear at home.
However if you are heading to the South of France I would advise bringing swimwear with you for accommodation pools or for on the beach.
If you spend time on the beach, a beach cover will also be required for when on the boardwalks and at beachfront bars and restaurants.
Underwear and Socks
Goes without saying.
What to pack for France in June for Men
The France June packing list for men tends to follow the same rules as for women in terms of fabric selection and local fashion sensibilities.
Generally speaking we recommend packing the below for men in France in June.
Lightweight trousers instead of jeans are more appropriate for France in June particularly in the South.
The weather is perfect for shorts in June especially for on beaches. In cities you will not see as many men in shorts, but outside of the cities shorts are a great pick.
We recommend selecting more tailored and smarter pairs as opposed to cargo shorts to be more in keeping with local styles.
T Shirts and Shirts
Short sleeve t shirts are perfect for sightseeing during the day in June.
However for evenings I would recommend having a button down shirt with long or shorts sleeves and maybe a polo shirt for day to night transition outfits as many French restaurants adopt an informal smart casual dress code at night.
Only required if you are staying somewhere with a pool or heading to the South Coast.
An essential no matter the month.
For same reason as above. Baseball caps aren’t commonly seen in the cities on locals, so a smarter hat is a better idea.
Underwear, Socks and Pjs
Note: if you plan to head over the border into a Monaco and are staying into the evening you may also need to pack a jacket to meet local dress code requires.
What Else to Pack for France in June
- Aloe Vera / Aftersun – just in case you get burnt
- Insect Repellant – particularly for the South if you are going to be by the water or plan to dine al fresco.
- Travel Adaptor
- Power Pack / Battery recharger
- Crossbody bag – depending on where you are in France will depend on how much this is needed But I would recommend a crossbody bag for cities such as Paris and Marseilles. As with anywhere in the world tourist cities can attract pickpockets so any deterrents are worthwhile.
- camera – France is a beautiful country you will want to take lots of photographs
FAQs about June France Packing List
What to wear to dinner in France?
France is a great foodie country. From bistros to cafesto fancy Michelin starred restaurants there is something foodie for everyone.
You will find many restaurants informally adopt a smart casual dress code in evenings. For this reason I tend to wear linen trousers, blouses and sandals or a maxi dress when I dine out in France at night.
Do you have any questions about what to wear France in June? Drop us a comment below and we will do our best to answer.