How do I travel light and at the same time fashionable with my outfits when I go for a vacation in Europe (Italy, Paris, and London) this fall? Should I wear ankle boots all the time just for sight-seeing? ~ Cecile
Hi Cecile! It´s been three weeks now since we officially welcomed fall and so far, while the temperature sometimes drop between 15-18 degree celsius when it´s raining, we´re often enjoying a higher temperature such as 18 degrees. I highly recommend you search for the possible temperature and weather of the specific areas you´re visiting.
I´m with you when it comes to traveling light. It´s stressful and tiring shouldering heavy luggage around on your tour. But in order to still look good and fashionable with only a few pieces, here´s a list of what you should pack up, what you should wear for sight-seeing and why.
1. A riding boot
Riding boots are first on my list for fall because they´re so easy to dress up and down. They´re stylish and you can easily do layering with them depending on the weather. Because they require a lot of space if packed, I recommend wearing them on your flight to Europe. Team them up with tights, off-shoulder top, and some socks. While on the plane, you simply have to remove the boots, keep the socks, and you´re comfortable the entire flight.
For getting around Europe, wear your riding boots with tights or skinny jeans when it´s chilly. But for days when the sun is quite friendly, wear the boots with a sweater dress or shorts, you bare a little skin but most of your legs are still covered, and you´d look gorgeous.
2. Flat ankle boots
If riding boots aren´t your thing, then flat ankle boots are a great alternative. They´d work well with tights and skinnies too. It´s just that, I´m a big fan of riding boots.
3. Flexible tights leggings
Leggings are great for travel because they´re stretchable and flexible. They can be worn with almost anything, easy to pack, light, and require very less space. I suggest you bring two to three pairs of dark-colored leggings for the trip. You can repeat wearing them and nobody would notice.
4. A pair of skinnies
Skinnies are your best jeans to wear with riding boots or ankle boots. If it´s warm enough to opt for casual flat shoes, skinnies would still look good.
5. A great sweater
Because most days the wind will be a little chilly, it´s wise to pack up a gorgeous sweater. Whether it´s a black tee or a printed top you´re wearing under it, a printed sweater is always an interesting coverup.
When it comes to choosing a great sweater for travelling, I lean more towards a cute cardigan. I find a cardigan more versatile. You can carry it around in your bag during the day and then put it on in the evening when it starts to cool. You can also wrap it around your neck like a scarf. Really, it´s both decorative and protective.
6. A reliable coat
Given that it´s leap year, so they say, you really don´t know when the wind will suddenly turn very cold. It´s important that you bring a reliable coat, preferably a trench coat. Because your tights, skinnies and boots are already in dark shades, it might be nice to bring a colored trench.
7. A comfy jumper
Needless to say, a printed jumper or a bright/neutral colored pullover is a need this fall. Make sure to have enough for your trip. You must be able to tell how many times you´d repeat wearing each, after all, you´re not gonna sweat much in fall, would you?
9. A scarf
Don´t forget to pack at least one or two scarves. A scarf isn´t only a quick way to amp up your look, it also serves to keep you warm and to protect you from unwanted flu. Choose your scarf wisely.
10. The trendy smoking slipper
This is not a must but only in case you still have some space in your luggage bag. Sometimes you don´t feel like wearing boots, especially if the weather report says tomorrow will be a good weather, and you just want to slip your feet into comfy but trendy shoes such as smoking slippers. Having a pair of flats to swap your boots with can be really exhilarating. It´s like that little luxury that can make your day.
And guess what? I wore smoking slippers my entire visit in Paris last year.
What about you dear readers, what other things would you suggest to Cecile for her to travel light in Europe this fall?