As I packed up for two months in Europe, I was really mindful as to what I would pack in my suitcase. Splitting my time between an island and a big city, I wanted transitional pieces that would mostly work well in both locations. And with the summer heat, I was on the hunt for mostly linen and comfort.
My go-to style while traveling is typically matching sets, loose dresses, classic black footwear, and tops that can mix & match. This year I am really loving this matching linen set which I’ve worn several different ways so far.
We’re one month in so I thought I would share my list of what I packed along for the European ride. In the meantime, I’m sharing the adventures on Instagram.
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My Style Edit For a European Summer
Always in tow is a pair of sleek and svelte leather sandals. During the summer months, I opt for black which goes with everything. I own two pairs of my favorite brand, Ancient Greek sandals, the leather is soft and molds to your foot. On this trip, I packed the Estia and have the classic Eleftherias back at home.
This has been my favorite purchase for this trip. Deiji makes these great fitting matching sets, and I love to pair it with another top or bottom to create more looks. The linen is heavier so it wears very well, love it in this rich brown color too.
I’ve switched my entire swim sets to seersucker suits, truly because I feel SO comfortable in them. I’ve worn Hunza G for years and recently tried Youswim but prefer Hunza. This bright orange one is beautiful.
Packs flat and fits everything, that was the criteria for the one and only bag I brought this summer. This Ellison tote by Hobo has held up to the job. I also had my eye on this adorable woven tote and this more structured seagrass bag.
A practical piece to pack as it can double a top to wear in a city, I adore this Vitamin A Playa Shirt. I wear it down to the beach as a coverup, I’ll tuck it into a pair of shorts for a dinner out. It’s super versatile and I own it in a few colors like black.
I never leave home without my Sezane Jack trainers. I have them in both white leather and black suede, both are super comfortable. These have been my travel shoes for a few years now and love that they look chic yet are comfortable.
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