Friday, March 27, 2015

Packing for Europe (Part I): 7 days - 7 pieces - 7 outfits

I am super stoked to be traveling to Europe with my family for Spring break. It's my absolute dream vacation. We talked about this trip years ago and I can't believe it's finally happening. For a week long trip, we decided that we will be traveling with carry-ons only. By doing so, not only will we be saving a ton of time but also able to avoid checked bags fees and lost luggage incidents. In order to fit everything in a carry on, you must plan ahead. Below is how I use 7 pieces to put together 7 different outfits.
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1. Chambray shirt *old* (many options available here)
2. Black distressed denim (another identical version here)
3. Neon skirt (I picked this skirt up last week and I L.O.V.E it! It's available in 4 colors and I am wearing a size 00 here)
4. Boyfriend jeans (non-distressed version)
5. Burberry trench coat
6. Graphic tee - This tee is another item that I picked up last week and love! I got it in a size small and it has the perfect "oversize" fit.
7. c/o ASOS green skater dress - Since most of my outfits are more on the casual side , I decided to bring something a little dressier to wear to dinner. We booked a dinner cruise for one of the nights in Paris and I am planning to wear this dress.

Planned outfits:
Outfit # 1: 1 + 4
Outfit # 2: 4 + 6
Outfit # 3: 1 + 3
Outfit # 4: 3 + 6
Outfit # 5: 1 + 2 - Travel day outfit
Outfit # 6: 2 + 6 - Travel day outfit
Outfit #7: 5 + 7
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Footwear:
I am bringing with me one pair of boots (to wear on travel days), one pair of slip-on sneakers and one pair of high heels (to wear on a riverboat dinner cruise only). I originally planned to bring my Tieks flats but am afraid they don't provide enough support for walking around the city all day. The boots I plan to wear with outfit #5 and #6 on travel days are with the cobbler at the moment (hence why I am barefoot in both photos). I also picked up these slip-on sneakers from Target and they're like heaven for my feet (currently buy one get one 50% off).

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I hope you find this post helpful. Next, I will talk about how I fit everything pictured here plus the rest of my stuff into one carry on. Stay tuned!


12 comments:

  1. How exciting! It would be so hard to pack with just a carry-on! All of these outfits are so cute and perfect for your trip! I love your citron skirt!

    Jill
    Doused In Pink

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  2. Love it! I always try to only pack in a carry on.. it takes more effort but it is always worth it!
    www.amemoryofus.com

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  3. Great tips and outfit ideas!
    Kate
    www.DesignerDealToday.com

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  4. Great tips and outfit ideas!
    Kate
    www.DesignerDealToday.com

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  5. I'm so excited for you! (And jealous lol) I've never been to Europe so I hope you'll share lots of pictures! I always travel with just a carry on because I really hate checking in luggage. It's not easy but I make it work. I just came back from Mexico and heading to Aruba in a few weeks so I'm looking forward to any tips you might have! :)

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  6. My friend just came back from Paris...I heard it's quite chilly there right now...

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  7. I don't know about Paris but I'm in the UK and it can be chilly and wet in northern Europe in Spring. I would suggest another layering piece like a light jacket or cardigan that you could wear over your tops or your dress and under your trench. Maybe also a scarf or two .. and socks or tights. These pieces could also be worn on the 'plane as flights can be cold. Have a fab trip anyway!

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  8. I will definitely bring along a sweater/sweatshirt of some sort for layering and traveling. Instead of the short-sleeved tee, I will bring along a couple of long sleeves (one to wear for travel days; and one as backup).

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  9. @Anonymous Thank you =) Aruba sounds really wonderful. I'll post lots of photos after the trip. Have a great time in Aruba!

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  10. @Anonymous, @soupdragon, @jolecole Thank you so much for the tips. I definitely will pack a few more warmer pieces with me.

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  11. Your outfit choices would be better for late spring/early summer. I highly suggest packing a few warmer pieces. The windchill can make a 60 degree day feel like 45. Also, I would wear short wedges or flats (both boots and regular shoes) for walking around the city. The streets are not well-paved like those in the U.S. There are also lots of stairs/steps to climb.

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  12. I just got back from a week in Europe and would love to know how you get by with so little! I packed things that would mix and match so I could adjust to the weather (and found that the temperature was much cooler than expected overall but fluctuated quite a bit during the day - I was constantly adding and subtracting a layer). Do you wash your tops out at night or send them to the hotel laundry? After traipsing around all day, getting rained on a few times, and the inevitable spills that I'm too good at lol, I never felt like my shirts were fresh enough to wear a second time. I took 3 pairs of pants, 3 pairs of shoes and a different shirt/sweater to wear each day (sometimes with repeated cardigans). I wore every single thing I took except a couple extra pairs of socks and undies. When you get back, I'd love to hear how it went and how you made it all work! Have fun!

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