Bon voyage! So you're off to Europe? Starting to pack? I've got some easy tips about what to pack, what to do in advance, and what to wear once you've arrived!
Let's talk about how to look classy on a trip to Europe.
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What's more exciting than getting ready for a trip to Europe?
Planning, booking, scheduling, (rescheduling), and watching it all finally come together as the trip gets closer!
And then there's packing. What an adventure. If it's your first trip to Europe or your first trip to a specific country, packing can definitely be at least a little bit of a daunting task. There's the mechanics of jamming everything into the bag, and then...well, there's what you want to be jamming in there in the first place!!
How do you look good on a trip to Europe, while also being comfortable enough to walk around *all day everyday* for 10 days? It's a hard nut to crack, but after 5 trips "across the pond" over the last 4 years, and with 2 more coming up in the next year, I think I've got it figured out.
I've collected some "go-to" outfits that are chic and stylish, without being uncomfortable. Who knew that combination existed? I certainly didn't - and you'll note you won't be seeing any pictures from my first trip to England, because I've metaphorically burned all the the ones with me in them.
Wait. Are you saying travel is all about what I'm wearing?
*Please, please, please* don't get me wrong. I am *not* saying that traveling is all about appearances, though, admittedly I do write about the subject quite often.
Traveling is about exploring, seeing the world, and learning how other people live. It can be one of the most enriching experiences, and getting out there and taking a chance should always top your list.
That said, you're here to learn about clothes! And I will argue that feeling comfortable and confident is part of my personal enjoyment of travel (and everyday life), and I know that many, many of you agree with me. I like to feel that I fit in, look good, and am representing myself well, when I'm abroad. One of the things I really enjoy learning about when I'm abroad is how people dress (it was in England that I discovered my love of Barbour!) and how social normal differ from what I'm used to (read: endless saying of "Bonjour!" in France).
My goal is to give *real* tips for *real people* traveling to Europe.
And, finally, one small disclaimer - I've included pictures from various trips to Europe. Obviously, I've compiled my tips over a number of trips, so I can't be perfect in every pictures, nor should anyone who's traveling! :)
If you're on board, let's talk about how to look chic while traveling in Europe!
How to Look Classy in Europe:
No matter the country, I am all about adding a scarf to most of my outfits for winter/spring/fall in Europe! They're perfectly comfortably for travel, yet keep you looking classy and polished all day long.
Can't go wrong with a few reasonably priced options from Amazon, to get you started, if you aren't currently a scarf girl!
Wraps for a trip to Europe
Purses for Europe
For everyday, I like a basic Longchamp Le Pliage - super compact, "squishable" (an industry term?), zip-able, and waterproof-ish (at least I'm not worried about it in a sudden downpour).
Walking shoes for Europe
My packing list for Europe for shoes is:
- one pair of preppy-essential riding boots. I like these Blondo boots because they're waterproof, but they look like leather, so they're perfect for rainy days;
- one pair of "booties"/ankle boots - Blondo has these as well. Not as clunky as riding boots, and still very comfortable for walking;
- two pairs of flats (one fancy- I generally bring Ferragamo's- and one for walking to dinner, pub after a long day of wearing boots - I like Sam Edelman for loafers); and
- one pair of *nice* sandals (not pool flip-flips), to let my feet catch a breather from my other shoes.
Preparing for rain in Europe
Rain is an unfortunate reality of any trip, especially if you'll be visiting the UK. For specifics on UK rain, check out What to Wear in London and What to Wear in Scotland.
Generally, I try to rely on a small, extremely compact umbrella, a light rain jacket, and waterproof shoes, but not rain boots, which are hard to walk in and will inevitably cause blisters, no matter how comfortable you think they are. That way, I'm prepared for rain, but also look normal...not like I'm about to go on the Maid of the Mist.
How to Look Classy in Europe:
Country-Specific Packing Lists
Check out my country-specific packing lists below:
Thanks so much for stopping by!
Traveling "across the pond" is one of my favorite activities, and hopefully my experience can give you some helpful guidance as you plan your own tips!
Bon voyage! xx
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