I’ve been writing this blog for some time now and I did think that at this point, I would have packing down. Nope. Sometimes I pack brilliantly and sometimes, like my most recent trip to Europe (Provence, Venice, London), I feel like it’s amateur hour.
This time around, I overpacked some things (too many skinny jeans, too many tops) and under-packed others (really should have brought an extra sweater). The really sad part is that I spent almost a week laying clothes out, putting pieces back, adding other things until I thought I had nailed it… In fairness, I would have felt better about my packing if it had been a bit warmer. But that’s spring!
The upside is that you can learn from my mistakes. After strolling the streets abroad and *mostly* having outfit envy I’ve come up with the 5 key pieces that need to make it into your suitcase if you’re traveling to Europe this summer.
Wide-leg pants, preferable cropped. And no wonder why, they are universally flattering, effortless and add a bit of instant-chic to any outfit. I took these wide-leg linen pants from Velvet which were perfect for the warm weather in Venice. The good news is that wide leg pants are everywhere this season so you won’t have trouble finding a pair in your budget!
A midi skirt or dress. Leave your denim shorts behind and face the warm weather with a dress or skirt instead. It’s an effortless way to stay stylish while touring and offers is perfect for wearing to dinner. Both dresses I took are sold out, but here and here are by the same designers and similar to the dresses I wore.
Comfortable sandals… and/or Adidas sneakers (I think I’m on my second (third?) pair). These are the shoes that will walk the streets with you. Not into them? A comfy pair of sandals will do just fine. I took these comfy Caslon slides with me.
A jacket. Even if you are going in August, you just never know. Weather is unpredictable and evenings can be chilly. You’ll use it. I promise. I took my go-to Vince black leather jacket and to be honest, it didn’t feel right until I got to London. Provence in May isn’t the place to wear black leather. Try a neutral suede jacket, a denim jacket, or a cotton utility jacket.
One special piece. Even if you’re backpacking. I took a silk dress that I love wearing but it could be a blouse, a pair of shoes, or even a great necklace. Something that will make you feel fresh and beautiful after a day of touring.