How to Pack for a European Vacation

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How to Pack for a European Vacation, Divine Style, Kelley Kirchberg, personal stylist

Heading off on a European vacation or business travel? Use these tips to know you packed the right pieces to create multiple European outfits perfect for your trip. Europeans generally dress well with a polished, put together style which is easy to replicate if you pack the right essentials. You will likely be taking lots of pictures or in photographs so you want to look put together, aka wearing bolder colors + prints. Accent blouses or sweaters with scarves, jewelry, a great jacket or a bold lip. You don't have to do it all, but slipping on chic sunglasses or a bold lip really elevates your look.

Packing List:

  1. Bold Lipstick Color
  2. Statement Jewelry
  3. Chic Small Handbag for Evening
  4. Blazer or Nice Jacket
  5. Over-Sized Scarf or Shawl
  6. Dark Wash Denim
  7. Thin Sweaters
  8. Print Blouses/Tops

Choose Your Color Pallet

Select 1-2 neutral colors that will intermix with other clothing you pack. Keeping to 1-2 neutral colors allows you to not have to over-pack and be able to interchange pieces for multiple outfits. You can easily switch neutral accessories- jeans, pants, skirts, boots, heels with the rest of your wardrobe.

What to Pack

Light easy pieces that don't take up space in your bag are so important. Blouses are great for this as are thin knit sweaters, scarves and we love leather pants and leggings if heading to Europe in cooler months. Leather pants can be dressed down for daytime with cute flats, loafers or boots and a top or tee. Then restyled for evening with heels or high heel boots and a blouse.

What to Pack for a European Trip, daytime outfit for Europe
What to Pack for a European Trip, nighttime outfit for Europe

Day to Night + Outfit Changes

Knowing what dinner reservations, events and things you will attend and do helps with outfit planning and packing. Dresses with high heels are perfect for evening paired with a great handbag and jewelry. A chic blazer is a great layering option that you can use day to evening. Jumpsuits or pants with a silk blouse are another great option. Pack pieces that you can dress up or down or go from day to night with simple shoe or accessory changes.

Shop Day: Faux Leather Pants | Checked Blazer | Leopard Print Blouse | Loafers | Sneakers | Earrings

Shop Night: Floral Blouse | Checked Blazer | Faux Leather Pants Earrings | Bracelet | Heels

Luggage can be heavy and cumbersome to carry around European streets. Bring lightweight luggage or have it delivered to your hotel/home. Ship ahead luggage if you are staying for a lengthy amount of time or need a large wardrobe. Don't forget to save room in your luggage for any shopping you may do!

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