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packing for a two week trip to europe

We leave this week for our anniversary trip to Europe and I have already started my packing (total honesty, I started last week!). Packing has been a little bit of a stressor this time for a few reasons.  Firstly, because of the wide array of activities and places we’ll be during our trip.  From fancy dinners and sightseeing in Paris to hiking and paragliding (!!!) in Switzerland to wine touring in Tuscany, to bumming at the beaches in southern Italy and finally sightseeing in Rome (see the full itinerary here and here).

The second reason I was stressing a bit about packing was because I wanted to pack very light.  We’ll be staying in lots of towns where we cannot drive into the city center, so parking outside the city, then walking in will be necessary.  I am not about to be that girl dragging a giant roller bag up cobblestone steps. Not my style.

I knew I had a tall order ahead of me… I want to look so chic in Paris and Rome, but need to be practical.  I did something I’d never done before and employed help.  Local wardrobe stylists Angela and Cara of Redress Columbus came by last week to sort through my closet and pull together an amazing travel wardrobe that all fits in a carryon.  This is something I never thought I would have needed – I mean, I dress nice… I’m creative… I have cool clothes… right? (right?!) but the outfits that came out of this session were things I would have never put together and we ended up with over 35 outfits to create out of just 18 pieces not including shoes and accessories.  Here’s what we choose, a few of my favorite outfits that we came up with, and some behind the scenes action!

 

We focused the entire color palette on navy, black, white, and some blush.  You can see how it really works well together and the touch of blush gives it a spring-ier vibe. Attitude is added with leopard accessories and statement jewelry. That striped full skirt is a show stopper too!  It goes with so much and I cannot wait to do a little dancing in it!

Angela and Cara had a pretty good idea of my style going into the styling session, and they sent me an email before we met with a list of things to pull out of my closet.  I had everything just thrown on my bed and they just went right to work styling multiple outfits using each piece.  The best part is that while they were styling, the snapped a photo of each outfit with my phone, so that while I’m in Europe, I don’t even have to think about it!  I just flip through my photos, find the outfit I like and get dressed.  Since we’ll be hotel hopping and won’t be staying anywhere longer than 2-3 nights, this is a huge time saver so I don’t have to unpack the whole suitcase to figure out what to wear.

There is a complete resource guide below, but I’m most excited to rock my new Bridge & Burn slouchy black pants, the reveur T-shirt from my friend Belinda’s new label- rephrase,  and my nautical stripe skirt.  I picked them both up this spring, so I haven’t had a chance to wear them around here yet.

packing list numbered

TOPS:

1. silk cami in black and white 2. blush cropped sweater 3. simple white v-neck t-shirt 4. Perfect LY/IM Perfect t-shirt 5. long sleeved navy/white stripe t-shirt 6. reveur t-shirt 7. blue stripe drop sleeve button-up 8. blush silky sleeveless 9. navy pattern silky sleeveless 10. chambray shirt

BOTTOMS:

1. destroy boyfriend jean shorts 2. blue jeans 3. black casual slouchy pant 4. black lace pencil skirt 5. nautical stripe full skirt 6. short sleeved black romper 7. black & white paisley house dress 8. chambray shirt dress

JACKETS & SHOES:

1. classic trench 2. green military jacket 3. ankle booties (similar) 4. hair calf slides 5. jeweled ankle strap sandals 6. pointy nude pumps (similar) 7. white sneakers

ACCESSORIES:

1. crossbody purse 2. bag full o jewelry 3. aviator and tortoise sunnies 4. tassel belt (similar) 5. graphic scarf (similar) 6. hair calf clutch 7. hunt/gather market tote 8. panama hat

Obviously, you can see that there are a gazillion outfits one could make from this assortment… Here are just a few they snapped for me that I’m really excited about. It’s kind of like when you get a bunch of clothes for the new school year and you can’t wait to go to school just to wear them (or was I the only one who looked forward to school solely for the fashion?) except for in this case it was mostly all of my old stuff, just styled in a new way.

outfit ideas

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Above, you can see Angela and Cara having a small discussion about the jewelry I should bring, while below, Cara is styling up one of the outfits above.

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I know you can tell how excited I am about this (can I say excited one more time?!). I’ve probably told every person I’ve encountered this weekend about the experience and how energized I am to wear my stuff in new ways on vacation, thanks to their help.

I know a ton of you don’t live in Columbus, but I think personal styling is becoming a bigger thing, so definitely look up a local stylist online, or if you are in Columbus, just call Angela & Cara from Redress.  It was only about $200 for the whole styling experience and I probably saved that much in random purchases I thought I needed and airline baggage fees since I just have a carry on.

And this goes without saying, but you’ll see most of the outfits during my trip if you follow in Instagram! Get excited for all of the amazing Europe pics!

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  • I love this, Erin! The key to smooth travels in Europe is definitely packing light. I always do a lighter version of this, but this takes it a genius step further. Can’t wait to see your photos! Have fun!

  • This is seriously impressive!! And it makes me never want to check a bag again haha. I really like some of the outfits they put together for you (you had great pieces to work with)!

  • Love this! I need to go through my clothes and find ways to mix and match. Have an amazing time on your trip! (I’ll be living vicariously through you on IG!)

  • Totally impressive and inspiring me in many ways! Have an awesome time on vacation and thanks for sharing x – The Vie Design –

  • now that you packed, traveled and are back any changes you would make to your packing list? I’m going to greece and turkey for three weeks and am having such a difficult time deciding what to take!

  • This is so helpful! I saved this post when you first posted it and referenced it last night for a guide while packing my own bag for 2 weeks in Europe. I love the idea of sticking with a color pallet, itreally helped me narrow down what I wanted to take. Thanks so much for sharing this process!

  • I’d love to see the other outfit combinations you put together from these pieces. Do you have any additional photos? Also, did you do laundry while there? If not, how many times did you repeat each piece? Thanks!

      • Hi there! I stumbled across this post today, and I am leaving for Italy on Saturday, for 2 weeks! Can you please send the pictures of your outfits if you still have them? My suitcase looks pretty similar to what you are bringing (go me!) and it would be so helpful to see how you styled your clothes. Thanks!

          • I am also interested in seeing the rest of the outfits! Let me know if that’s possible to send over. Thanks!

          • hi,
            I was wondering if I could receive the photos of all of your outfits as well? We’re headed out to Europe for 3 weeks in may! 🙂

    • I’m in a similar situation to all of these other women. We are headed off for a belated 2 week honeymoon in May and I stumbled upon this post on Pinterest. Any chance you could share those outfits one more time?? On another note, love the blog! I immediately followed your Instagram as well, you have fantastic style!

  • I love your article and the way you combine the clothes. I think you packed an amazing clothes and at the same time are very comfortable. Great idea to ask a stylist for this purpose. Greetings

  • Erin,
    I would like to know what carry-on you used or the approximate size. We just returned from a three-week vacation to NZ and Australia, and the carry-on requirement is really small. We plan on a trip to Europe this year. It would be helpful to know what the airlines allow there.
    Thanks

  • This is Great! We are going to europe In may and i really need help planning outfits. ID love to see the other outfits they put together. If its not too much trouble, Could you email them to me, or post? 🙂

  • hi,
    I was wondering if I could receive the photos of all of your outfits as well? We’re headed out to Europe for 3 weeks in may! 🙂

  • I’m so happy to have stumbled acRoss your blog, thanks to Pinterest! I’m an avid traveler myself and usually do pretty well in packing light except when going to different temPeratures in one trip. Looks like you have a few different temperatures covered here. Would love to see your other outfit Photos!

  • I would also love pics of your Europe travel outfits. I’m straggling to Europe for 3 weeks this summer with my daughter on a grad trip. Certainly don’t want to look like a slouchy Canadian;)

  • Great post! We’re going to Europe for two weeks in June and I’ve been reading up on tips. I love what you did with this post! 🙂

  • This post is exactly what I’m looking for! I’m headed to Europe for two weeks in July and have been stressed about outfits and shoes. What luggage did you use? I always struggle with bringing just two pairs of shoes– how did you get 5 in one bag plus everything else!?

  • I would love to see the rest of the outfits created for this trip! I’m trying my hand at packing in a carry on for the first time and would love some inspiration! I always overpack.

    What did you do with your makeup and toiletries?

      • Thank you amazing inspiration!

        I’m going to give this carry on packing a go! Wish me luck 🙂

  • Hi Erin!
    Thank God I found your post because it’s leading me every step of the way to packing for 3 weeks in Italy, France and Spain. We are eloping in Italy. Our travels, like yours, range from fancy to beach days, and your wardrobe capsule has helped narrow down ideas for make maximum style and comfort. Please I would love to see how you paired your other outfits!! I read that the heals were a negative but other items worked well.
    You are very classy, and I appreciate your work!!
    Karin