The most popular time to visit Europe is easily the summer. Crowds swarm in major cities like Paris, Rome, London and Madrid. If you are one of the many planning to head to Europe in the summer, you might be a bit puzzled as to how to go about packing that suitcase. Packing for Europe in the summer calls for careful reflection if you want to blend in with the generally fashionable Europeans. At the same time, you don’t want to be lugging around high heels and ball gowns that aren’t exactly practical for the traveler. If you are Europe bound this summer, be sure to keep these fashion tips in mind.
Dress The Part: If you don’t want to be the target of pickpockets or even just tourist discrimination while in Europe, you need to dress the part, literally. Dresses are one of the easiest ways to look chic in Europe in the summer. They also require just one component to pack, making dresses a smart choice for European travel. Dresses also work well if you have to go in churches, rather than shorts.
Invest in Comfortable Yet Stylish Flats and Sandals: As I wander around Europe this summer, one thing is for certain. The Europeans frequently look at my shoes before anything else. Tourists in white tennis shoes are still not the most fashion forward in Europe and thus can never blend in to the scene. If you want to fit in, you need to pay attention to your footwear. While you want to pack comfortable shoes, you also shouldn’t neglect how your shoes look. Pack a stylish flat in a neutral color to go with pants and even dresses if need be. If you are traveling to warmer locales, embellished sandals add that extra pizzazz without having to waste space hoarding high heels.
Bring a Pashmina, Suit Jacket or Leather Jacket: To easily look sharp and also stylish in Europe in the summer, throwing on a windbreaker type jacket simply won’t do. A pashmina can be useful to cover up in the evenings when a chill comes in or when entering churches. If you aren’t the scarf type, a suit jacket presents an easy way to dress up outfits for dining at night. I frequently travel to Europe with a leather jacket, one that I have seen similarly worn by locals. Classic looks like a leather jacket always work well in fashionable locales. Also, you will need something to cover up if it does get cold, as I have surprisingly found in Spain in the summer.
Keep Your Color Palette Neutral: While it might be tempting to load up your suitcase for Europe with brightly colored outfits, most fashionable Europeans aren’t exactly dressing with color. To blend in and also look like a fashionable European in the summer, your color palette should be somewhat neutral with blacks, whites, grays and tans. While you can sprinkle in a colorful blouse or dress into your travel wardrobe, to remain fashionable and smart, a neutral color palette will allow you to mix and match more easily.
Photo: Ibai Acevedo
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