So What Should I Pack?
Whether you're going to France for a week or a semester, packing everything you'll need into a suitcase or two is tricky. Fortunately, it's easy to follow French fashion trends and pack relatively light. First, stick to neutral colors - black, brown, beige, gray - and pick classic pieces, like nice pants or skirts, simple dresses, cardigan or pullover sweaters, and collared shirts. Jeans are also common with French college student, but stick with darker washes and slim or skinny fits. Packing basics with dark or neutral colors will this allow you to mix and match pieces easily, but the neutral colors will help you blend in. The French tend to shy away from bright colors and patterns. While you can obviously wear whatever you'd like, sticking to black or gray will make you look automatically more French, while hot pink and bright blue can instantly label you as an American.
If you feel like a semester of black is going to be too depressing, don't worry! You can jazz up your outfits with some accessories. The French LOVE scarves, so you can pick up a few upon your arrival and easily tie outfits together. Earrings and necklaces are also easy ways to dress up an outfit, and they fit nicely into a suitcase.
You can't forget about the right shoes when packing your suitcase. One important thing to remember is that tennis shoes and athletic shoes are worn only when working out in France. Wearing sneakers, especially white ones, will instantly label you as a tourist. The one exception to this Converse All-Stars, which are quite popular with college students. For girls, a pair of boots will serve you well, as they'll go with skinny pants and dresses.