Seven weeks in Europe...I'm so jealous!
I've been a long long time reader of your blog (loved your wedding) and know what if anyone can help me it's you! I hope you have the time, as this is a fairly big request but my boyfriend and I are pursuing our long time dream of backpacking Europe! I know you have been and you always look tres chic so I'd like to seek your advice on how to dress. We will be going for 7 weeks at the end of March to early May. We'll start in London, England, make our way through Paris (2 weeks-eek!!), hike the Cinque Terre in Italy, go to Tuscany, Rome, Venice and then ending in Madrid, Spain. I just can't figure out what to bring for 7 weeks all in one backpack. I'd like to be comfortable but still cute. Have been told to just bring basics with lots of accessories but I was never good at the layering with basics thing. I'm 22, not conservative but we will be visiting a lot of churches, olive complexioned, 5'0, and a size 0-2. Any help you can provide will be very much appreciated!!
Basics! Pack a suitcase full of a few key pieces that can work on heavy rotation. Plan to add pieces and accessories as you shop your way across the country. Along with this, all you need is a skirt, a pair of leggings, tights and a handful of tops for layering that go with everything.
Dress - A basic black dress that can be worn almost every day, dressed up and down and never tires out.
Pants - Skinny cords are a bit more polished than jeans, but just as wearable.
Sweater - A basic gray heather sweater.
Trench - A camel jacket that can pack and is water resistant for the rain.
Boots - A flat pair for lots of walking. Wear these and the coat on days that your rucksack is packed up.
Flats - Me Too are my favorites for trips - they're extra cushy but don't look too informal.
Scarf - Fun to pick up a couple new ones along the way for layering.
I always find myself inspired to make new outfits and combinations thanks to the limitations of a single suitcase. It's a great way to play with basics in new ways. Just be sure to pack things that, in general, go together.