Packing for two weeks in Europe in May? I’m about to tell you. “Say it to yourself: ‘Paris. First Class. International’.” There are so many funny quotes from “View From the Top” to list but that movie is what I have been thinking about. Let’s be clear, I am not flying first class, and although I will be going to Paris, my plane lands in London. But I am going international, damnit, and this time it’s to Europe! (insert happy dance here).
I have dreamed of this my entire life. Most little girls dream of their wedding day or what their children will look like. Not me. I have always dreamed of seeing the world. I have been watching the forecast and it is supposed to only be a max high of 72 across all locations (UK, Germany, Netherlands, France). Since I run cold, that puts me with a general idea of a layering wardrobe. A layering wardrobe is a good idea for any location or any climate but more so in the locations I will be headed. Since it also tends to rain a lot, I need to keep that in mind.
Let’s talk tops. Keep it simple with pieces in the same color family that can mix and match. I like to wear neutral colors like black and white and add in a pop of color in one or two spots. But more on accessories later. Since I sweat profusely (gross), I like to have more tops.
Here, I have three comfortable tees and two bodysuits. I call them onesies because it makes me laugh and I absolutely LOVE them. I was unable to find links for these two but I will tell you the black/grey stripe is by Free People, and the rust one is by HYFVE at Dillards. They stay tucked and make your outfit look truly chic and pulled together when you are simply wearing a tee. My fave tees are by a brand called BP and can be found at Nordstrom.
Keep the sweaters light to layer under a comfortable jacket, if needed. You don’t want to have a huge, bulky sweater on and you end up being way to hot with no other options. You can also sub tanks for sweaters if you tend to run hot. From left to right: One, Two (Calvin Klein vintage; not so similar here), Three (American Eagle vintage; similar here), Four (H&M vintage; similar here.)
Now for pants. I kept it even more simple here (Are we seeing a pattern here? lol) Pick three pants to interchange with tops. IMO keeping one of them black is a must. Matter of fact, just write this down when planning to pack. BLACK IS A MUST. It’s timeless. It’s a staple. It is appropriate for all body shapes, all skin tones, and all occasions. (unless you are going to Puff Daddy’s white party and in that case, invite me!) Did I just reveal my age?
Pick another pant color of your choosing that is neutral and will go with your top choices. White (I’m too clumsy and pale for this color) will work. Olive is wonderful, doesn’t show stains (ahem, I’m looking at you white). I have to throw denim in here because a good pair of dark wash skinnies or ripped denim will totally change your outfit and basically goes with any top you can throw at them. Left to right: One, Two, Three.
Outerwear has wide range, but if I’m sticking with layering, I keep it to cardigans (1-2), a denim jacket or short leather jacket, and a “weather” jacket. This may be a sleek trench if you are going somewhere rainy. These are all vintage from one brand to another so I’m sorry. I’m the worst.
Shoes can take up valuable space in your suitcase so I try to keep it down to one pair on my feet and two packed away. Since I am going somewhere I plan to do a lot of walking, I bought the most comfortable pair of black leather boots from Börn. They are stylish with silver buckle detailing but feel like sneakers. I also like to take a pair of comfortable flats (vans and madewell). My third pair on this trip will be one pair of heels. I would say pack a black pair would be the safe bet, but I am getting wild and packing the cutest pair of hot pink suede pumps from Sam Edelman (and they’re on sale!!!).
Check out the adorable flats with a bow at JONAK in Paris and NIKE sneakers.
Accessories are up to you and how dressed up or down you need/want to be for your plans. I go simply with a limited few things I have acquired over the years. My everyday staple for over 9 years now is my ring from James Avery.
I’m adding in here a few additional items. Since the weather predictors were wrong (omg ALL of them were sooooo wrong) we ended going during a last minute heat wave. While 87 degrees is spring weather here in Texas, it is extra hot in sweaters and turned me into a fucking hot melting mess. For this, I had to go shopping (darn…j/k) and find some things that were lighter and could breathe.
Here is a hot pink skirt from ASOS, a polka dot dress I bought for only $15 at Camden Market, and the cutest dress I bought in Amsterdam at a store called NOOR. These saved my life and kept me from having to have CPR.
Sometimes, the history you see in movies and read in books is not enough and almost doesn’t even seem real. Well, things are about to get real for this girl. I am sitting in the terminal having a lovely meal while stalking my gate. My goal is to rack up some experience points to come back and share with you. Subscribe to this blog so you can stay up to date on this adventure. I’ve already posted a list of my in-flight travel essentials so go check it out here. Until then.
P.S. This is my wardrobe supervisor. His name is Max.