Are you wondering what to wear in Paris in July? This Paris Summer packing list tells you exactly what to pack for special events, certain venues and Paris weather in July.
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Weather in Paris in July
Summer is in full swing in Paris in July. Therefore packing for the summer weather is essential in July. But how hot is Paris in July?
How hot is Paris in July?
The temperatures in Paris in July have really started to ramp up. The average highs tends to be aroundf 77°F/25°C and an average low of 15°C /59°F depending on the time of month you travel with the end of the month being warmer than the start.
Remember if your visit covers two months be sure to check out our other Paris monthly guides. The weather does change in Paris month to month, and you never known when there are some special events that do require at alteration to the dress code.
And if you are visiting other areas of France then be sure to check out our other regional guides for summer
- What to wear in France in July
- What to wear in the South of France in Summer
- What to wear in Corsica
Note: Paris in July is definitely peak season. So you don’t have to wait outside in the heat at the major attractions we recommend buying your Paris attraction tickets in advance with skip the line access.
Is it rainy in Paris in July?
July is not the driest month of the year in Paris however you don’t have to worry too much about rain in Paris in July. Generally speaking there are only around 7 days of rainy weather in Paris in July. Therefore rain shouldn’t be your primary concern.
However all our Paris packing lists no matter the time of year include a compact umbrella because you never know with Paris.
How do Locals Dress in Paris In July
Locals in Paris in July dress for the heat but never compromise on style.
Parisian dress sense can, to me, be summed up as chic and elegant. And even with warm temperatures, style is still maintained.
Generally speaking short shorts are not something you will see Parisians wearing in the city – in fact they are on my what not to wear in Paris list. For this reason we recommend loose flowing summer clothes such as summer dresses instead to be more in keeping with local fashion styles.
What to wear in Paris in July
So now you know what to expect from the weather, what should you wear in Paris in July?
Best Shoes for Paris in July
Any visit to Paris will involve a lot of walking no matter when you are visiting. In fact I think it is a city best explored on foot. It is the best way not to miss things and really soak up Parisian culture. Therefore sneakers are the best shoe for sightseeing in Paris.
We recommend having a fashion pair as opposed to a sporty pair to be more in keeping with the locals, however any sneaker is better than no sneaker for sightseeing in the City of Lights.
However please note that some of the more upscale restaurants will not allow sneakers / trainers so do check your restaurant dress code. Also it is common for nightclubs in Paris to say no sneakers.
If you want to know what to wear in Paris at night check out this post.
Sandals are great for Paris in July when you will be walking lots in the heat. They are perfect for restaurants and if you pick a pair with good arch support are good for walking in the heat too.
If you want a shoe with height in Paris then I recommend packing wedges. They cope well with cobbles and won’t get caught in escalators etc. Stilettos are definitely on my what not to wear in Paris list.
Though personally I wouldn’t recommend wearing wedges for doing a large amount of walking in.
Note: flip flops are not a good idea for walking around Paris. They offer little in the way of arch support and aren’t good for days where you will be doing lots of walking and sightseeing.
What to wear in Paris in July for women
Skirts and dresses
Skirts and dresses are perfect for Paris in July. However if you want to fit in more with locals then I would recommend packing midi and maxi dresses as opposed to short ones. The French don’t tend to wear very short items of clothing, especially in the day.
Skirts and dresses also work for day and night in Paris and can be easily dressed up or down to meet dress code requirements with a few good accessory choices.
Where possibly choose natural fabrics over man-made to reduce sweat.
Trousers are another great pick for Paris in July. Dark trousers i.e. black or navy are always a great choice in Paris, however beige, tan and white are also good choices in summer.
Personally I tend to leave jeans off my Paris in July packing list as I find them too hot in the city. However if you do decide to bring jeans then be sure to pick a lightweight pair that are slim fit and darker in color if you want to fit in more with locals.
Note: You can bring shorts to Paris in July however this is something you will see many Parisians wearing, particularly short shorts.
Loose blouses are perfect for Paris in the summer for both sightseeing and going out to dinner.
I always pack a few t shirts when visiting Paris no matter the season. Short sleeve t shirts tend to be the perfect sleeve length for the summer season.
I recommend picking plain t shirts instead of patterned, graphic or slogan tees to be more in keeping with the locals.
Note: don’t lean in too much to the striped Breton and red look. It will undoubtedly mark you as a tourist. However a striped t shirt on its own is fine for Paris paired with nice trousers or skirt.
A pashmina is always on my Paris packing list even in Summer.
It can act as a scarf to dress or a a more casual outfit but is a useful extra layer on cooler nights and days.
PJs or Nightie
Lightweight pyjamas and nighties are essential for Paris in summer. Though some hotels will have air conditioning, airbnbs will not usually have air con. Therefore you will want lightweight nightwear and loungewear with you.
The sun can be bright in Paris so I definitely wouldn’t go in July without a pair of shades that offers good UV protection.
Underwear and Socks
Goes without saying.
Top Tip: We recommend packing sneaker socks and some odour eaters if you have room in your case just in case your feet do get sweaty when wearing sneakers to sightsee around the city.
What to Wear in Paris in July Packing List for Men
For men visiting Paris in July we recommend adding the following items to your packing list:
- Trousers – we recommend selecting natural fabrics such as cottons and linen as well as having one pair of smarter jeans with you for use on cooler days and in restaurants.
- Shorts – shorts aren’t commonly worn by locals off to the office etc. However if you want to bring shorts in July be sure to select a smarter, more tailored pair as opposed to cargo shorts. These will be more in keeping with local styles for men.
- Mixture of long and short sleeve t shirts for day time and night. Polo shirts are also good in Paris for night.
- Blazer / Linen Jacket – perfect for smarter restaurants in Paris which have a dress code and and cooler days. Tip: Check any restaurants you have reservations for dress code before travel in case a tie or jacket is required.
- Shirts – mix of long and short sleeve
- Smarter Pair of Shoes for dinner
What to Pack for Paris in July (Non Clothing)
Now you know the clothes you should bring to Paris what else should you pack for visiting this amazing city in Summer?
- Compact UMbrella – essential for any month in Paris.
- Sun Screen
- Aloe Vera / Aftersun
- Charging Equipment
- Battery Pack
- Travel Adaptor for electronics
- Crossbody Bag – anti theft type.
What to wear in Paris in July FAQs
Do I need coat in Paris in July?
Given the weather in Paris in July you shouldn’t need a coat. However you can get cool days and cool evenings. For this reason we recommend bringing a jacket with you for Paris in July.
Smarter jackets or blazer are also a great way of transitioning an outfit from a day to a nighttime look, especially for restaurants with a smart casual dress code.
For this reason I always bring a blazer rather than a coat with me for Paris in July.
Do you need a raincoat for Paris in July?
Paris isn’t overly rainy in July and you should be able to miss rain showers by ducking into shops or attractions. For this reason I never travel to Paris in July with a raincoat.
Having said that though, I do always travel to Paris with a compact umbrella, just in case.
Do I need swimwear in Paris in July?
You will only need to bring swimwear to Paris in July if:
- you are staying at a Paris hotel with a pool (there aren’t that many)
- you are traveling to another place in France or abroad where you have access to the pool or are going to the coast.
If none of these things apply to you then you should be safe to leave the swimwear at home.
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