Challenge: Pack one month’s worth of clothing into a carry-on backpack. This is not that easy let me tell you! Somehow though, I managed to fit 30 combinations of fashionable outfits into a single knapsack so today I’m sharing some of my best packing tips and a few secrets on how to get that euro chic look without all the baggage (literally).
Fashion Packing 101:
- Roll your clothes instead of folding! You can fit soooo much more into your bag/suitcase this way
- Pack basic tops that can be mixed and matched with everything. There’s a million ways you can style a basic white tee!
- Pack one pair of shoes that are comfortable, durable, and go with everything. (Scroll down to see the shoes I wore everywhere!)
- Pack one purse that fits everything you need for a day trip (wallet, keys, camera, etc.) that also matches everything (again scroll down)
- Recycle your pieces with different outfits in different ways (see how I did that here below)
- For accessories: keep it simple with one scarf that can be worn in a variety of ways, 1-2 necklaces, a few pairs of cool sunglasses to play up your look, and maybe a hat
Now with looks inspired by the cities themselves, here’s my fashion travel guide and what I wore in Europe!
Brussels, Belgium: Sightseeing
Europe tends to be on the cooler side even during the summer and while you’re doing lots of walking and sight seeing, you’ll want to comfortable. A light classic trench coat and some cozy joggers are always a good idea in this case! Brussels is such a charming city from its old fashioned cobblestone streets to Grand Place to its mashed potato-sausage comfort food and this outfit compliments all that perfectly. Here I balanced out olive military style jogger pants with a waist cinching trench coat and a feminine head band to accessorize.
Prague seemed like the perfect place to pull out a classic but simple burgundy dress to wander the hot summer streets in. I felt classy but cool in this piece with the surprise middle cut out down the skirt of the dress to reveal a shorter skirt underneath. Plus the colour seemed to match Prague’s beautiful architecture impeccably!
Holland, Netherlands: Biking
You can’t not visit Amsterdam without touching a bicycle and this day we decided to embark on a seven-hour bike route up the coast. The burnt orange top and patterned shorts combo allowed me to both be comfortable for the ride and the heat while still making a style statement.
Today was a hot one so I decided to go with a flowing printed maxi dress with a Balinese batik pattern that I’m obsessed with. I paired this with a flowy white tube top that reminds me of Greek architecture so this is probably one of my favourite outfits for summertime!
If fashionable Parisians love anything, it’s their scarves! I accessorized mine with a simple maxi skirt and loose fitting tee to wander the capitol of romance. Psst! If you want to know where the best spots to stuff your face with buttery French croissants are, I’ve got you covered with my Ultimate Guide to Paris.
One of my all-time favourite sights to see in all of Europe was the Prague Castle with it’s amazing view of the city and fascinating history. Here I went with a suede nude top, simple black choker, capri cut trousers and my favourite new frames from London (thick frame glasses are huge in Europe!).
For an outfit as bold as the amazing art in the museums and galleries of Paris, I went with an unstoppably bright red trench coat and statement patterned shorts!
London is known for it’s heavy precipitation. I prepared with an all black look: light trench coat, Victoria Beckham shades, cropped skinnies, and of course a classic black umbrella. Staying dry in style!
Visiting all the British highlights like The London Eye, Buckingham Palace, and Big Ben called for an equally British inspired outfit. I went with a telephone booth red jacket, navy blue scarf, white tee and black skinnies! I also picked up these trendy frames from the local market (which is on my Ultimate Guide to London !).
For a look classy enough for High Tea at Royal Albert Hall but casual enough for a stroll in Hyde Park, I pulled together an otherwise casual summer outfit with a structured tweed jacket.
Berlin is well known for its vibrant and graphic street art. Letting the art speak for itself, I went with a neutral toned get-up with my structured tweed blazer, camel coloured body suit, cropped and fitted chinos, and a simple top knot!