It might be drizzly and cold right now in Australia, but in Europe the sun is shining, the islands are pumping and the cocktails are flowing – it’s no wonder so many Aussies are skipping the winter to bask in the sunshine and overall beauty of Europe’s magical architecture, beaches and nightlife.
If you’re planning a trip to a European hot spot right now but aren’t sure what to pack and how to achieve that on point Euro vacay look, we’ve put together a range of must-haves to add to your suitcase.
1. Boho chic dresses
You can’t go on holiday without packing a boho inspired dress or playsuit. Whether it’s simple and white, or detailed with pattern, colour and embellishments, you’ll easily wear it all summer long. Camilla creates beautiful and fun pieces that capture the holiday spirit, with lots of greens, blues and popping colours and tribal patterns that seriously scream summer.
Camilla offers a range of outfits perfect for that summer getaway, including kaftans, playsuits, maxi dresses, shorter dresses, and tops. The best part is that they can be suited with different shoes, bottoms and accessories for a unique look each time, or either a formal or casual event. The flowy and light material of the Camilla gowns are ideal for the warm days and nights and will keep you comfy even after indulging in all the delicious food that Europe has to offer.
Greco-Roman style sandals are really popular at the moment and can be matched with almost any outfit. Even though they look a little busy, patterns don’t always clash. These Euro-style shoes give the overall look a real summery vibe and can be dressed up or down to be worn at a beach bar, cafe or beach side tavern.
A basic and modern heel can really add a formal quality to the overall boho chic look, without taking away from the design of the outfit. Otherwise, if you’re wearing a plain dress, a more striking shoe can work instead. Tan and nude strappy heels, rose gold, or even black heels or ankle booties are popular choices that usually match any pattern and colour.
It might sound a little cheesy, imagining yourself strolling down the beach in a white linen dress, but this material has always been a number one necessity in Europe. You’ll undoubtedly see both men and women don the linen look, especially on the Greek islands. The delicate fabric is light and airy, which makes it a must-have addition to your vacation wardrobe. And if you don’t feel comfortable wearing a dress, linen pants can still be worn on warm days and nights.
Basic Leather Sandals or Birkenstock’s
Slip on some sandals and venture to the crystal clear beaches, markets or a local cafe for a midday cocktail or iced coffee. Either shoe will suit any type of linen outfit and won’t only get a lot of wear during your Euro vacay, but will be ready for the Aussie summer when you return.
There’s just something so appealing about flatform sandals. Their chunky but stylish wedge gives them a cool and contemporary aesthetic with an eccentric 70s flair. They’ve become super popular in Europe, and we can see why!
There’s nothing quite European like a mix of layered jewellery with embellishments, such as the classic Greek inspired eye that is attached to a gold cross, or a simple thin chain. You can find a range of handmade pieces from local markets and shops in Europe, or you can order from the abundant array of stores online including Etsy.
Although it might look casual, you can glamourize it for a more funky formal look.
You don’t need to worry so much about what will match these diverse rings, bracelets or necklaces, as the best part about this boho aesthetic is that it’s spontaneous and a little more intuitive. As you can tell, all the pieces are mismatched and don’t necessarily come in a typical set – ideal if you want to change up the look each time. However, strappy tops that showcase the collar bone allow the jewellery to shine.
4. Gladiator Sandals
When we think of a European summer vacay, these gladiator sandals come to mind straight away. They’re fun, colourful, full of character, and look so good against the Euro tan that you’ll be getting. You can purchase these sandals online at Etsy or at a majority of the boutique stores throughout Europe, especially on islands like Mykonos and Santorini. If you’re feeling really adventurous, you can try making them yourself before the big trip.
If you’re not into the popping pinks and blues, you can go for a subtle design with neutral colours, or glistening rhinestones for an evening out on the town.
Shorts, dresses and skirts
Denim shorts or an above the knee skirt allow the gladiator sandals to stand out (and if you’re petite they’ll give you height at the same time). Otherwise, a basic flowy maxi skirt is another option that will bring attention to these intricate shoes.
A little retro, but timeless, straw is a versatile material that’s a summer favourite, comprising earthy tones that make it an essential accessory to any casual outfit. Boasting a nautical vibe, straw totes can be utilized as a grocery bag, fitting more than just your sunnies, lipstick and phone or can be worn throughout your daily adventures at the beach or while discovering ancient ruins. On the other hand, the compact shoulder bags easily fit the necessities so you can keep them safe while dancing away at a beach bar overlooking the crystal clear waters.
You can wear any shoe with straw accessories, but espadrilles are reminiscent of yachts, sand, sun and the sea,with their woven and wedge-like sole and canvas fabrics. When it comes to espadrilles, you’re spoilt for choice with an array of colours, styles and different materials to choose from including denim, leopard print, leather or crocheted wool.