Post # 1
We’re off to Europe in April for our honeymoon and I have no idea what to wear, or how to pack efficiently! It’ll be spring, so not as cold as winter… but growing up and living where I am has made me the kind of person who gets the shivers at 25˚C (77˚F)!!!! And checking out temperatures over there, we’re currently looking at lovely highs of up to 12˚C (54˚F) – Man I’m so screwed 😛
Anyway. Looks like I’ll be dressing for winter, just to be on the safe side!
I’m looking for tips on how to layer for winter and mix and match in a way that keeps me warm, my suitcase light, and doesn’t make me look like this the whole time:
I’ve been poking around on Ebay and Amazon for flat knee high boots, trench coats, fleece lined jackets/leggings… Am I on the right track? Pics, links and any ideas/suggestions are very welcome and much appreciated! 🙂
Post # 3
I would bring darkwash skinny jeans, 1 pair of comfortable riding boot that you can fit thick socks in, a varity of sweaters, maybe button up blouses you can wear under the sweaters for layering & mix and matching, a cable knit scarf, and either a wool peacoat if you want to look “put together” or a black Columbia Omni-heat jacket if you want to be casual. I have one and just bought my husband one for Christmas! I love that they’re so lightweight, but still manage to keep me warm! Also a hat and gloves, just in case.
It isn’t easy to keep your luggage light when you’re packing for cold weather conditions, but you should consider getting some of the Ziploc Space Bags. I used them and packed two weeks worth of stuff in a carry on bag.
This is the jacket I’m talking about:
Post # 4
Where are you going in Europe?
Post # 5
Flat knee high boots will be the perfect buy for sure – looks nice, keeps you warm but practical too. Jeans will be good too, especially skinny ones to wear with the boots.
Post # 6
@ksus07: I don’t think you’d be crazy to pack a warm hat, gloves and scarf – those items won’t take up much room but they’ll make a difference.
As someone who lives in cold climate but tries to look reasonably fashionable my daily outfit include wool tights or leggings under jeans, a tanktop and a sweater over that. Boots and thick socks.
Post # 7
@SunflowerGarden: Mmmm that looks cozy! Thanks so much for your post, and the Ziploc bag suggestion. Will definitely look into one of those. 🙂
@Westwood: We’ll be in Greece, Italy, France and UK (possibly day trips to Germany, Belgium, etc).
@CatyLady: Thank you – practical and yet stylish is what I was going for… and the jeans are all I actually have so far, haha.
Post # 8
@kenziemt: You brave, brave person! I went to Alice Springs in July once (Australian “winter”) – I wore a crop top (over my bra), singlet, t-shirt, long sleeved top, sweater, wool coat, stockings/tights, leggings with jeans on top AND socks and was STILL COLD.
And not a flake of snow in sight either. Oh this should be very interesting XD
Post # 9
Well step one check the weather at each of these locations you are going to beforehand! It will be a lot warmer in Greece than the UK. i fully agree that you will want a pair of comfortable riding boots, try to get water proof. There will be a good chance there will be lots of rain esp in the UK. obviously this has been a cooler than average year but I i went to London in early April and wore pants boots and sweaters mostly. Bring lots of layering clothes so you can switch up your outfit as needed and can re use tanks as you move into warmer weather. you can always buy things when you are there too in an emergency. Don’t forget things like a light pair of gloves because it will get cool at night. A light scarf to wear around the day is also a good idea, I don’t know if you will need a parka necessarily but a nice wool pea coat and a scarf and boots with skinny jeans would be cute and warm. Then bring a lighter jacket like denim for Greece and layering sweaters in different thicknesses. But you also might want to bring flip flops a bikkini and shorts as Greece is quite warm and not sure where in Italy you are going but the further down you go the warmer it gets (duh). We went to Greece this past September and it was 90f the entire time! I hardly wore clothes! The only thing you can really do is stalk the weather as it gets closer and plan to bring accordingly. It will be hard since you will be in many different areas with various tenmps, I repeat layers layers layers.
Post # 10
Take clothes that you can layer, so you can add or remove the layers. A trench coat is probably a good option. I would take also some ballet flats in addition to boots, since the boots will probably be too warm especially in Southern Europe.
Post # 11
@ksus07: I LOLed at your picture!! At 25 degrees I’m in my tshirt and shorts. Sure it’s almost summer in April!! It won’t be that cold- well at least by my standards!!
What part of Europe? What types of activities? Could definitely direct better then. That picture suggests skiing!
Post # 12
Southern parts of Europe will have a temp of up to 20 apprx in April so it will be a little warmer than now. I live in Malta and its very humid so the air feels a little bit colder. Like others have said, i would take clothes that you can easily layer and in basic colours so that you can mix and match.
p.s. what i find also usefull in winter is too wear tights unders my trousers, keeps you warmenr than socks
Post # 13
Last April was pretty hot in the UK and due to the crappy winter this year we are expected to have a warm spring and summer.
You just need to keep your core and feet warm so think thick socks and layering.
Post # 14
@SunflowerGarden: I can totally vouch for the Omni-heat jacket too – I LOVE mine so much. It was perfect for New Zealand snow.
Post # 15
April can be pretty warm in greece! It also depends where you are in each country too 🙂 high up the mountains could be really quite a bit cooler than sea level. You’ll be fine in jeans here buy I’d definitely fetch a cardi and an umbrella! 😀 if it’s may ish, I’d take linen trousers for Greece/Italy