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What to pack for a European summer holiday

18th July, 2019

If you’re making the big trip over to enjoy the European summer —lucky you! I’ve enjoyed spending time over there during the warmer months through the years, and even got married in Taormina in Italy so it’s the type of holiday that has a special place in my heart. And having packed for it a time or two I’ve managed to get my packing down to a fine art to avoid carting around a big heavy bag to the other side of the world. If you’re heading over there here are a few of my tips for what to bring.

Dress up!

Europeans have the most amazing style and tend to dress up so it’s the perfect time to step up your fashion game. I’ve always found it a great opportunity to get some use of out the dressier pieces that I don’t tend to wear that often in Australia. So if you’ve got a cocktail dress that you love, you can totally get away with wearing it with flats or sneakers during the day when you’re enjoying summertime in Europe.

Invest in Aussie brands

I firmly believe Australia does beautiful resort wear like no other place on the planet so take advantage of it and add a few homegrown pieces to your travel wardrobe. Brands like Zimmermann, Camilla and Marc, Bassike and Albus Lumen are faves of mine and I’ll always go away with a dress or swimwear or cute separates from those brands.

Separates are a great due to their versatility

Think versatility

I’m a firm believer in not over packing so I’ll always do a tight edit of what I’m bringing with me. If I’m bringing dresses, I always make sure that it’s a style that I can wear with slides or sandals during the day and dress up with wedges or dressy accessories at night. The same rule applies to any separates I bring too; everything has to serve more than one purpose.

Pack separates

I mostly like to bring separates with me because I can create several different outfits by just bringing a few pieces. I always make sure that everything works together so I don’t end up with a top for example that I can only wear with one specific pair of shorts. Also co-ord sets are great for this purpose too because they look cute worn together but can also be separated and worn apart.

This is one of my go-to bags to take overseas – tiny, multi-purpose and chic

Bring a multi-purpose bag

I don’t like to bring a ton of bags with me so I’ll always bring one crossbody bag that I can wear with the straps over my body or tuck the straps in and use it as a clutch. Another alternative that’s perfect for now is a basket bag. I’m really loving all the wicker/straw bags around now as they can be worn during the day or at night.

Leave heels at home

You’ll find yourself navigating lots of cobblestoned streets so leave stilettos at home because it’s virtually impossible to walk in sky high heels on cobblestones night after night and not do yourself an injury! Instead bring wedges, or alternatively a beautiful pair of flats or slides will also work well. Plus they’re much more comfortable.

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Perfect your European summer holiday wardrobe with these buys (plus a few of my fave packing tips)

27th July, 2018

Taormina – one of my fave European summer holiday spots

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…