So you're heading off on a trip to Europe? Starting to pack? I've got some easy tips about what to pack, how to prepare, and what to wear once you've arrived in Europe. Let's talk about stylish travel clothes for Europe.
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Packing for a trip to Europe?
Wondering how you look stylish on a trip to Europe, while being comfortable enough to walk around *all day everyday* for 10 days? It's a hard nut to crack, but after 6 trips "across the pond" over 4 years, I'm starting to feel confident!
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 Europe, because I've metaphorically burned all the the ones with me in them.
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Styling your hair in a European hotel room
And, of course, you don't really want to spend your whole trip to Europe doing your hair! I bring the straightener for nights out, but for day to day, I just opt for my favorite hair creme, the hotel blow dryer, and some neatly arranged, giant bobbi pins to keep it out of my face!
Best nail polishes for a trip to Europe
And, if all of this is just a bit much, or if you'll be taking an active vacation and don't want to worry about your nails, why not get a manicure with all the shaping and cuticle procedures, but *without polish*?
Packing jewelry for a trip to Europe
Make sure all of your important jewelry (engagement and wedding rings, etc.) are insured before you go. If you're worried about those expensive pieces, leave them at home. I recently got a diamond eternity band from Noemie, that I'm planning to take to Europe in place of my usual rings.
I bring only as much jewelry as I can wear on a normal day, and then a few costume jewelry necklaces to switch out. The necklaces can add pizzaz to any outfit, without adding bulk or weight, and they certainly make an outfit look thought out and finished.
Break in your shoes before you get to Europe
You can't walk 18,000 steps a day in new shoes...unless they're my favorite loafers from my trip to Paris, but that's another story.
Make-up for a trip to Europe
Keep in mind that these products are going to need to fly thousands of miles in the chilly cargo hold, maybe change planes multiple times, and get thrown and thrown and thrown by baggage handlers. You'll want to pack them securely, and I wouldn't bring hundreds of dollars of products with you.
Stylish Travel Clothes for Europe:
Europe Travel Essentials
For more on packing for 10-days in Europe, check out the full post, Packing for a 10-Day Trip to Europe, which includes what to wear on a plane, how to pack a carry-on, and suitcase logistics. And, for my constantly updated list of Europe Travel Essentials, check out the full page!
Light Jackets for Europe
- light trench coat;
- Barbour jacket; and/or
- a "topper" (Boden usually has some good ones)
Walking shoes for Europe
My packing list for Europe for shoes is:
- one pair of 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 is my go-to. Not as clunky as riding boots, and still very comfortable for walking;
- two pairs of flats (I like Sam Edelman and Birdies for loafers);
- one pair of "dressy" sneakers (Birdies has a new line I really like for my next trip); and
- one pair of *nice* sandals (not pool flip-flips), to let my feet catch a breather from my other shoes, in summer.
Purses for Europe
For everyday, I like a basic Longchamp Le Pliage - super compact, "squishable," zip-able, and waterproof-ish (at least I'm not worried about it in a sudden downpour).
Stylish Outfit Additions
Scarves for a trip to Europe
Wraps for a trip to Europe
Preparing for rain in Europe
If you come prepared, you can avoid the ultimate mark of the tourist, the plastic parka.
Rain is an unfortunate reality of any vacation, especially if you'll be visiting the England & Scotland. For specifics on UK rain essentials, check out What to Wear in London and What to Wear in Scotland.
How to Look Classy in Europe:
Country-Specific Packing Lists
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I’m so glad you mentioned Eileen Fisher’s crepe pants! I have used her pants and tunic tops for my travel wardrobe for years. I’m also a fan of Birdie’s washable shoes. I always feel well and appropriately dressed when wearing Eileen Fisher.
Great advice, especially for first-time visitors.
Your comments about nail care were good, but consider taking individually wrapped nail polish remover. Keep your nails neat and just swipe on a coat of clear or lightly tinted polish for the clean manicured look.
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