We’re in Europe! I can’t believe this is my second time to Europe already this year and we are absolutely loving it! One thing I have learned about traveling in Europe is to pack on the lighter side, especially if you are going to multiple places and moving around a lot. A key component to packing light is planning out a capsule wardrobe in order to mix and match pieces that create tons of different outfits without overpacking. Here is my approach to curating a capsule wardrobe:

  1. Research the Weather and Culture: Before you start selecting clothes, research the weather and cultural norms of your destinations. This will help you pack appropriate clothing for both the climate and the local customs. Europe can have diverse weather patterns, so be prepared for changes throughout your trip.
  2. Stick to a Neutral Color Palette: You know this is very important to me during any occasion. Choose a neutral color palette as the foundation and bring in pops of color with your accessories.
  3. Invest in Quality Basics: Invest in high-quality basics that will serve as the building blocks of your wardrobe. These include items like a well-fitted blazer, a white tee shirt and comfortable sneakers. Opt for pieces that can transition from day to night effortlessly.
  4. Mix-and-Match Tops and Bottoms: Select a few tops and bottoms that can be easily mixed and matched. Consider packing lightweight tops in different styles, along with skirts or trousers that complement them. This will allow you to create various outfit combinations without taking up much space in your suitcase.
  5. Layering is Key: Layering is essential for adapting to changing weather conditions. Spring in Europe has some chillier days, and some really warm ones, so you never know what you will need to throw on.
  6. Don’t Forget Accessories: Accessories can instantly elevate your outfits and add variety. Pack a few statement jewelry pieces and a versatile handbag. These small items can make a big difference in enhancing your overall look.
  7. Consider Comfort and Practicality: While style is important, prioritize comfort and practicality when selecting your travel wardrobe. Choose comfortable shoes for a lot of walking, opt for wrinkle-resistant fabrics, and pack versatile items that can be easily washed and dried.

Remember, the key to a successful capsule wardrobe is selecting versatile pieces that can be mixed and matched to create different outfits. By carefully curating your wardrobe, you’ll not only save space in your suitcase but also feel confident that you have an outfit for every European adventure. Below are a couple of ways that I styled the same blazer, skirt and white tee for two separate occasions and shows how easily you can transition your look from day to night.

Outfit #1 – shop my look here.

Outfit #2 – shop my look here.

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