There’s nothing quite like a European summer holiday. The sunshine, the exotic beaches, the beautiful colours and the amazing food always makes for a trip to remember. One of my fave spots in the world is Taormina in Italy. Not only did I get married there it’s also a place that my family has visited since I was a little girl and I can’t think of a better European summer vacation destination.
Having done the a few getaways there in my time, I’m well versed in the fact that spending the summer in Europe requires some precision planning. There’s a fine balance in achieving an Insta-worthy wardrobe but also avoiding taking multiple suitcases so you don’t have to lug them across multiple cobblestoned streets when all you want to do is have an Aperol Spritz.
If you’re lucky enough to be jetting off somewhere fabulous and exotic then be sure to check out a few of my tips below and stock up on some key pieces that will take you through your entire holiday and beyond. Have a great trip!
Think light and bright
European summer travel wardrobes are all about bright and airy pieces that will take you through your entire holiday. Now is the time to embrace crisp whites, faded blues and natural fabrics such as linen and cotton.
Embrace vibrant hues
If there’s one thing that screams ‘European summer’ it’s bold shades. Now is the time to do lots of yellows, pinks, reds, blues and greens and really have fun with all the colours of the rainbow. Also patterned pieces such as a gorgeous summer dress or a cute flowy top will look right at home whether you’re in Corsica or Capri.
Adopt a particular colour palette
To keep a tight edit of your wardrobe think of adopting a particular colour scheme. By doing this you can ensure that all the pieces can work together or separately and will allow you to get more versatility from what you pack. A great one to try is sticking to mostly white pieces that can then be brightened up with accent hues.
Bring mostly flats
Slides, sandals, sneakers—they’re your friend on this trip. Navigating the streets of Europe usually involves a cobblestoned path or two (okay a lot of cobblestoned paths) so you need to think comfort when it comes to your footwear. There are so many great options for dressy sandals around however if you want to bring heels stick to a block heel or wedge as a stiletto is just a disaster waiting to happen. Unless you’re being chauffeured everywhere in which case you can manage!
Have fun with your accessories
Consider your trip as the perfect excuse to embrace playful accessories. Think shell earrings to a straw bag with bright pom pom detail to liven up your look. You’ll also need a few practical pieces such as a crossbody bag to take with you when you’re sightseeing, however you can afford to experiment with different silhouettes such as a circle bag, which seems to have a bit more of a holiday vibe.
Shop my European summer wardrobe edit below…