What to Wear for a Two-Week Vacation in Europe
Including a definitive packing list of items that all fit in a carry-on.
Ready for a little show and tell? While I could regale you with tales of visiting my brother’s favorite dive bar or lounging on the couch with our family cat, Pearl, I’ll skip ahead to a few highlights from my two weeks in Europe.
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This meant I had to practice what I preach and go full Power Travel. I chose to follow this foolproof formula: versatile layer + breathable top + stretchy pant + flat shoe. Whatever jacket I wore would be the one I relied on for the next 14 days, so I wanted something that worked with daytime and evening outfits alike. I landed on the OrigamiTech Nia jacket and paired it with the matching Colby pants to form a lightweight, wrinkle-resistant set and completed the look with a soft pima cotton T-shirt and sneakers I could rely on throughout the trip. As I hoped, this combination kept me comfortable on the flight and made me feel stylish while walking around Paris.
Our first stop in Croatia was Dubrovnik, the small, magical walled city that came into consciousness for many Americans when it served as the setting for King’s Landing on Game of Thrones. More importantly, Dubrovnik has a rich history that dates back to the 7th century, which is why we decided to take a two-hour walking tour around the city. Like many of our days on the Croatian coast, the sun was strong, but the air was not humid—like L.A. without the traffic or Erewhon. I decided to go with one of my most-worn tops, the Paige tank, and my fresh new pair of Milo jeans in tusk. As you can see, I wore sandals, but after about an hour, I wished I’d worn my sneakers instead. A word to the wise: Learn from my mistake!
Fun fact: Croatia has over 1,000 islands. And supposedly, a quarter of all sailboats are in the Adriatic Sea each summer. In other words, it’s hard to resist partaking in the country’s world-renowned maritime culture. For a dreamy day of island hopping off the coast of Split, I debuted a sunny one-piece made by our friends at Andie Swim and wore my crisp Mila button-down and buttery Adina shorts in place of a swimsuit coverup. These breezy separates felt laid back in context of the boat but looked plenty put-together when we stopped at a seaside café for lunch.
Dinner al Fresco
Our final night called for pasta (a variety called fuži). And bread. And wine. And gelato. Thankfully, I wore the Estela dress, which not only looked chic while dining al fresco but also felt surprisingly forgiving at the waist, thanks to the back wrap detail. In fact, I unfastened the button after dinner—an action I successfully concealed by layering on my Cookie cardigan. While jewelry certainly wasn’t necessary, I was glad I brought some of my go-to gold pieces like lightweight hoops and layerable necklaces, which add a touch of luster to any outfit.