(Closed) What clothes to pack for Europe?

posted 6 years ago in Travel
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I would wear dresses–like sundresses, maxi dresses, LBD. Never been to Europe or a cruise though. 

Post # 4
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I would bring jeans, shorts, and whatever tops you will be comfortable in.  If you like to wear tank tops, bring a sweater or something to cover your shoulders when you go into churchs.  Also bring comfortable walking shoes, you don’t want to be wearing high heel sandals to walk around the city being touristy.

This might be obvious but try not to wear things with the US flag or school stuff.  Those things can really pick you out as a tourist and make you a target for a pick pocket.

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

Whilst I haven’t been to Spain (shocking as my dad lives there) or Greece, I’ve spent a few holidays in Italy and one in Turkey.

For Italy and Turkey, and I’d assume Spain and Greece would be similar, if you can dress as little like a tourist as humanly possible you will be treated with a lot more respect than if it’s really obvious that you’re a foreigner. Smart-ish skirts and tops, capri pants or fitted slacks and smarter sandals (or even the dressier FitFlops) rather than trainers, jeans and a backpack.

It also makes you far less likely to be the victim of bag snatching or pick-pocketing if you look like a local as much as possible (at least that’s my experience).

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

I’m going to be in Europe then too! Yay for Euro trips!

When I go to Europe in spring I just bring skirts and one pair of skinny jeans, a LBD, some blouses, and one summer dress. I pack lightly because I usually end up buying a new wardrobe while I’m there. πŸ˜‰

In terms of sneakers, I’d avoid any that look touristy. Like @SpecialSundae said, the less you look like a tourist, the safer your wallet will be. Especially in Italy. That’s the only place someone has tried to pickpocket me (and failed, because my fam caught him). Also baseball caps…not really the best for blending in.

Hope you have a blast! πŸ™‚

 

EDIT: Just saw your previous post. My dad is like that–he won’t bend even though he stands out like a sore thumb. Tee-shirts and sneakers and baseball caps all the way for him!…

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Take a cardigan or sweater for the evening! (it can get cool after dark) if you were coming to london I would say rain mac but I think you’ll be ok in the nice warm bits πŸ˜‰

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Echoing what PPs have said, try to look as little like a tourist as possible. Pickpocketing is rife in Barcelona, as lovely a city as it is. When I was in Barcelona (in mid-summer) I wore vest tops, light loose t-shirts, light trousers (like linen or cotton) and summer dresses. I preferred ballet-style pumps to sandals, but sandals would work, too. In Barcelona the locals have a very distinctive dress sense – lots of earthy tones, harem pants, vests, all very bohemian. I’ve only been to Florence in Italy (in October) and everyone wore jeans and t-shirts. I’ve never been to Greece or Turkey.

 

Have a lovely time!

Post # 11
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Busy bee

When I’m in Europe, I can pick out the American men by their shoes.  European men tend to wear very stylish, nice shoes.  Americans not so much, and I am including my own FH in that bunch.  I was also surprised by how many European women wear skirts and dresses, it was HOT in France when I went and I was shocked how little air conditioning they have.  Women mostly wear skirts and dresses, the women were not as stylish as I thought they would be, you always hear about the impeccably dressed, size 0 Parisian women but I didn’t see it.  Then again, who can be stylish in 95 degree heat with little air conditioning.  The other times I have been to Europe – Vienna, Milan, Slovenia during other times of the year I would characterize their dress as smart casual, functional but more stylish than us.  I didn’t see anyone in sweatpants ever and they tend to own less quantity but nicer quality.  I hope that helps you and have a blast on your trip!  Safe travels!

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper

Here is a good source of information on Europe travelling and what to wear, eat, and do.

It is an e-book and costs only $2.99 and it’s chock full of necessary information on the treaveller. Some things on what NOT to wear are essential to know for certain countries!

 

http://happyherbivore.com/2012/03/backpacking-in-europe/

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

i’m a euro-bee πŸ™‚ agree with flutterbee, i’ve been to most of the places you’re headed to and this time of year, the weather is quite unpredictable sometimes. make sure you have warmer layers, and really comfortable shoes (cobblestones!). have lots of fun!

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