What to Pack for Europe in the Fall
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Europe in the fall is undoubtedly one of North Americans’ favorite vacation spots, and the allure is undeniable. Despite the fading warmth, there’s an undeniable charm in the autumnal European air, steeped in history, culture, and gastronomy.
European women maintain their reputation for sartorial elegance even as the weather takes a cooler turn. Come rain or shine, they possess an innate ability to appear effortlessly polished. Their fashion sense exudes an ageless and timeless quality, characterized by a penchant for investing in high-quality, adaptable garments that seamlessly harmonize into an array of outfits. While there’s no strict need to adopt a posh persona when visiting, a modicum of effort in your attire won’t go unnoticed.
For a packing strategy that prevents overindulgence, consider my 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 approach. Whether your European vacation spans one week or stretches to a month, this method will help you construct the ideal autumnal European capsule wardrobe. The general formula involves five tops, four bottoms, three dresses, three pairs of shoes, two bags, and two jackets. Feel free to tinker with these proportions to suit your personal style.
It’s often one of my goals to dress like locals and not stand out as a tourist. So it’s with this in mind that I put together my capsule wardrobe for Europe in fall. Whether you’re visiting London, Paris, Lisbon, or Prague you’ll be comfortable and stylish.
Europe Packing List
If you’re planning a fall vacation in Europe, you’ll want to pack clothing that is comfortable, versatile, and appropriate for the local culture and climate. Here are some tips for what to include in your suitcase.
While fall days in Europe can be warm, the temperature can also drop at night, so it’s a good idea to pack some light layers. An oversized blazer or a long trench make for great versatile toppers, while tops like lightweight cardigans can be worn alone or layered with a tee.
Dresses and skirts
Fall is still a great time for dresses and skirts, which are both comfortable and stylish. Look for pieces that can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion. A satin midi skirt is a great option that can really flexible.
Jeans and pants
Despite their packed weight in your suitcase, I’m a fan of jeans on vacation. They’re infinitely versatile and, unless you spill something on them or get particularly sweaty, they can go multiple wears before needing laundering. For pants, lightweight and breathable fabrics like linen or cotton are great options for the changing fall weather.
Europe is known for its cobblestone streets, so it’s important to pack comfortable shoes that you can walk in for hours. Sneakers or ballet flats with good support are great options. For going out or dressing up an outfit, you can’t go wrong with a slingback kitten heel.
To elevate your outfits, pack some accessories like sunglasses, hats, and jewelry. Woven leather bags and elevated totes will keep you on trend.
Remember to also check the weather forecast before you pack and tailor your clothing choices accordingly. And most importantly, pack what makes you feel confident and comfortable, so you can fully enjoy your vacation!