South of France Style Guide: Effortlessly Chic Outfits for Provence

Summer Provence Packing List

The South of France is a captivating region, and one of its gems is Provence. As a travel expert specializing in Paris and other popular French destinations, I can’t help but adore this picturesque place. It boasts charming villages, rolling hills, cobblestone streets, colorful buildings, fields of flowers, and weekly markets offering mouthwatering local produce. Provence encourages you to slow down and immerse yourself in its relaxed atmosphere.

When to Visit Provence

June, July, and August are the most popular months to visit Provence, and they offer the warmest weather. If you’re planning a summer trip to France, make sure to include Provence in your itinerary. The Provence region encompasses the Mediterranean coastline of southeastern France, along with the adjacent mountainous areas. It consists of numerous cities, towns, and famous villages like Aix-en-Provence, Gordes, and Avignon.

What to Wear in Provence during Summer

With summer temperatures ranging from the high 70s to low 80s, Provence calls for breezy linen dresses, light cotton shirts, and woven bags. The summer style in Provence is all about being laid-back yet chic, with a palette of neutral colors that can be mixed and matched effortlessly. Picture your inner French woman meeting the aesthetic of Nancy Meyers’ films, and you’ll capture the essence of Provence fashion.

To help you plan your Provence wardrobe, here’s a curated packing list:

1. White Linen Dress

White Linen Dress
This dress is made for Provence! If you need additional sizes, you can shop for it here. I’ve also rounded up some other beautiful white summer dresses that you’ll love.

2. Floral Midi Dress

Floral Midi Dress
You can never go wrong with a blue and white floral print dress, especially one with flattering smocking that keeps it wrinkle-free. If you’re looking for options, check out Tuckernuck’s collection.

3. Linen Slip Dress

Linen Slip Dress
One of my favorite J.Crew silhouettes is back for summer, now in breezy linen. Pair this dress with a denim jacket and sneakers for daytime exploration or dress it up with espadrille wedges for an evening out. It’s incredibly versatile!

4. High Neck Linen Dress

High Neck Linen Dress
For those super warm days, this swingy linen blend dress is a steal at $70. Its effortless style will make you feel casually chic.

5. Button Up Shift Dress

Button Up Shift Dress
This darling shift dress in navy and white is adorned with big gold buttons that add a touch of fun. If you prefer a similar silhouette, there’s another option that you’ll love.

6. Classic Sunnies

Classic Sunnies
These Le Spec sunglasses have always been one of my favorites. If you’re looking for a more affordable option, check out these cat-eye sunnies for a chic look.

7. Black Bathing Suit

Black Bathing Suit
A classic one-shoulder swimsuit is super flattering, and it’s a must-have for your time in Provence. You can also try L*Space’s bikinis or the bow-adorned option from Summersalt.

8. Market Tote

Market Tote
You can’t visit Provence without a chic basket tote. I love the size and shape of this one from Mango. If you pack thoughtfully, you might even be able to use it as your carry-on. Also, consider this option that can lay flat in your suitcase or this affordable option under $50.

9. Cotton Blouse

Cotton Blouse
This puff-sleeve squareneck blouse in super light cotton is both darling and versatile, making it perfect for your adventures in the South of France. Pair it with jeans, shorts, or a skirt for various looks.

10. Denim Shorts

Denim Shorts
A pair of comfy denim shorts, like the beloved Agolde option, is a great choice for a day of exploration. I like to pair mine with an oversized linen button-down to wear over my swimsuit when heading to the pool in Provence.

11. Linen Trousers

Linen Trousers
Wide-leg linen trousers are having a moment, and they’re a fantastic addition to your Provence wardrobe. They are light, breezy, and super chic. Popular options include trousers from Abercrombie and Everlane.

12. Mini Woven Purse

Mini Woven Purse
Break out your collection of summer bags! There are so many fun options for smaller woven purses this year. Consider a shoulder strap purse, a darling neutral purse, a bucket bag, or a mini bag under $30.

13. Espadrille Wedge

Espadrille Wedge
These shoes are a summer staple, especially in Provence. Pair these espadrilles with midi dresses for a comfortable and elegant evening look.

14. Leather Sandal

Leather Sandal
A versatile sandal that can be easily dressed up or down is a must for your trip to Provence. Consider investing in a timeless pair like my beloved Hermes Oran sandals. If you’re on a budget, Talbots offers similar well-made and reasonably priced options.

15. Straw Hat

Straw Hat
Shield yourself from the sun with a wide-brimmed straw hat. It’s essential for hot and sunny days spent by the pool or while strolling around local markets. Cuyana’s wide brim Panama hat is a fantastic option.

16. White Sneakers

White Sneakers
A comfortable white sneaker that goes with everything is a must when traveling. These Common Projects sneakers are my personal favorites. However, you can also consider other alternatives like white Veja sneakers or canvas Superga sneakers.

Provence Summer Outfit Ideas

Here are some outfit combinations that will make you feel perfectly stylish in Provence:

White Dress with White Sneakers
White Dress with White Sneakers: Opt for white Veja or canvas Superga sneakers as alternatives to Common Projects.

White Linen Dress and Brown Sandals
White Linen Dress and Brown Sandals: An easy, breezy, and perfect combo for Provence.

Espadrille Wedges
Espadrille Wedges: These shoes have been an enduring style for decades. They are comfy and perfect for evening dinners in Provence.

Classic Black Sunglasses
Classic Black Sunglasses: Protect your eyes from the Provence sun with this stylish choice.

Shirtdress and Espadrilles
Shirtdress and Espadrilles: Timeless style that was made for Provence.

Black Linen Dress
Black Linen Dress: This romantic La Ligne dress with a full skirt is perfect for evening wear. For more affordable options, check out Amazon Fashion and Reformation.

White Dress and Straw Hat
White Dress and Straw Hat: The Hill House Nap Dress in white eyelet is a great choice, as well as J.Crew’s squareneck linen dress. Consider purchasing a TOPTOTE hat holder to clip to your bag for traveling with a hat.

Brown Leather Sandals
Brown Leather Sandals: This timeless T-strap sandal, like the Hermes Oran, offers versatility for your trip to Provence. Talbots also provides a similar favorite of mine at a great price.

Sweater and Shorts
Sweater and Shorts: Bring a light sweater for cooler mornings at the markets and evenings. Pair it with shorts for a daytime look.

Linen Trousers
Linen Trousers: Opt for wide-leg linen trousers for a chic and comfortable outfit.

Linen Jumpsuit
Linen Jumpsuit: A linen jumpsuit is a simple and comfortable outfit idea for your explorations in Provence.

Shop the Post and More

For a comprehensive packing list for your Provence summer adventure, visit Ambassadeur Hotel. Also, be sure to explore Ménerbes, Lourmarin, and Ansouis in Provence, as well as check out our travel essentials and tips on how to dress for Paris in the summer.

Enjoy your stylish journey through the captivating South of France!