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With Spring just around the corner, we’re busy thinking about two things: Spring Break and Summer vacation. For those of you lucky gals that are heading to Europe this season, Clare from Need Another Holiday shows you how to be continental chic when you plan what to wear in Europe on your summer vacation.
What to Wear in Europe on Your Summer Vacation
by Clare Farrell
If you’re heading to Europe soon or are planning your dream future visit, you can’t go wrong if you plan around these two fabulous themes for your European holiday wardrobe. Whether you’re after sun and sand or capital cities and culture, here are my travel must haves when I plan what to wear in Europe:
Continental Chic meets Greek Goddess!
On this year’s short break to Venice, I yearned to swish about looking somewhat like an out-of-work 50’s movie star (I can dream), so I went about channelling my inner Audrey Hepburn. Then later in summer, I hit the Greek Island of Kos for some beach time relaxation and summer sightseeing, embracing my inner bronzed beauty.
Here’s my Europe packing list of go-to pieces for city and beach:
A fabulous scarf:
It’s the ultimate accessory and wards off that Spring or Autumn chill, and if you take one that’s big enough, it will double up perfectly as a summer sarong.
Skinny jeans in a dark indigo blue
They go with EVERYTHING and the dark wash keeps them just on the smart side of casual, for when you need to dress up.
A Breton stripe top
In an easy to wear jersey, this is the ultimate item for instant Parisian chic.
Choose wisely and these will be just as comfy as walking around in your slippers. I have a thing for ballet flats; they’re perfect and have just enough understated glamour for a cosy restaurant dinner. Go for classic monochrome, or just pick a neutral hue like nude or pewter.
A couple of these and you’re good to go. Think bold and bright; ethereal and floaty. In the right material, they roll up to almost nothing. And with a bit of gathering or a clever cut, they’ll hide any evidence of the extra tasty treats and cocktails you’ve been consuming (hey, you’re on holiday, it’s wrong not to overindulge).
Flat, practical and oh so cool, these just go with everything. Despite being a heels girl, I have come to the conclusion that they’re just too much effort on holiday, not to mention the unnecessary space they take up in your luggage. Still, I know you need something dressy, which leads me on to…
Sparkly, strappy flat sandals
The more bling, the better. And maxi dresses can look so much more effortless in the evening with flats rather than heels anyway (not to mention that there’s much less chance of you falling over after one too many holiday cocktails).
Linen, linen and more linen
I can’t emphasize the magical importance linen for summer holidays. Being the pale and interesting English Rose that I am, I can’t afford to flash the flesh too much in case I catch fire (I’m not chancing it). Linen is perfect in any form, but a shirt and trousers are my absolute must for sightseeing in the midday sun. Plus the shirt is a great beach or pool cover up, when you slink off for lunch.
And my all year round winner for city and beach?
A one-piece swimsuit
I like my bikinis, but there’s something quite alluring (and flattering) about a one-piece. Especially when it’s halter-neck, polka-dot and just a little bit retro. It works perfectly on the beach in summer, and it works at the hotel indoor pool, all year round.
And that’s it! Now all that’s left is for you to do is pack your bag, put your shades on and take Europe by storm!
Thanks Clare for sharing your top picks in your personal packing list for Europe in Summer! Don’t forget to check out her travel blog, Need Another Holiday.
What are your tips on what to pack for Europe in summer?
Please note: Most of Europe’s budget airlines have this carryon bag allowance: 55cm x 40cm x 20cm. Always check your airlines individual baggage rules and regulations in advance.
For more tips, please read these Europe packing lists:
Suggested travel resources:
- Lonely Planet Europe on a shoestring
- Lonely Planet Italy (Country Guide)
- Travel Shoes for Europe
- The Best Carry-on Suitcases for Europe
Please read our Ultimate Packing List for Europe featuring stylish outfits and travel tips for 9 countries.
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Hope this packing list helps you plan what to wear in Europe on your summer vacation so you can dress like a local. Don’t forget to share the love on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. Thanks for reading!
Author Bio: Clare is a holiday addict and shopaholic. She loves to travel and she lives for holidays! Her mission is always to try and find 5 star luxury with a 3 star price tag. One day she’ll master the art of travelling light. Check out her travel blog Need Another Holiday!