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When packing for Europe, lots of travelers opt for clothes that blend in and keep them comfy. And that's fine -- but you can also wear the latest fashions. Let your inner fashion diva loose with a few well-chosen style statements. After all, European gals shouldn't get to have all the fun.
You might have heard that jeans aren't fashionable in Europe -- but don't fall for this myth. New jeans with a sleek look are fine; in fact, they're popular among locals. Definitely bring nicer slacks too. There's no wrong color, but if you're wearing the same pair of pants for a few days, opt for dark neutrals like black and navy.
The mini dress is ultra-feminine, which is important in Euro style. And as "Harper's Bazaar" notes, the mini dress is making itself seen on the streets of Paris. A mini dress with top-to-bottom pleating and a light fabric gives you a chic, flowing summer look. A long-sleeved mini in a heavier fabric, with a belt around the waist, is perfect for winter. Don't wear the mini by itself; you need to pair it with form-fitting slacks, no matter what the weather.
Bring a couple blouses that are a little frilly to add playfulness to your look. Slight ruffles on the sleeves, or down the front of a button-down top, add pretty style. Subtle paisley prints are always cute. Don't follow travel advice that says to stick with plain dark clothing -- locals like fashion flair just like you, and there's nothing wrong with sporting a bright color or a variation on an old trend.
Yes, turtlenecks are hot again -- when done the right way. Make sure the neck flows, not clings. Choose a soft knit. The rest of the shirt can be either form-fitting or long and flowing, depending on your figure. If you're a curvy gal, opt for form-fitting.
Cape or Cloak
Capes and cloaks frequently make an appearance on Euro streets too. Instead of your usual winter wear, opt for a long wool cloak for an elegant look that adds a little drama. A cloak has no sleeves, but it buttons in front to keep you snug inside its thick fabric. Capes are shorter, and they work for those fall days when you're just feelin' a little chilly. Grab a matching wool hat and gloves to look polished.
Grab a trendy jacket if you're heading to Europe in spring or fall. Form-fitting leather jackets are in, and so of course are the animal-free variations. Pair it with a scarf; you'll feel totally unprepared if you don't snag a few cute scarves to bring along on your Euro odyssey, since they're a staple for locals.
Trendy shoes run the gamut from high-heeled boots to wedges and ballerina flats. Steer clear of high heels, though, and grab shoes with an arch and lots of cushioning. Definitely pack walking shoes. Sneakers are okay as long as they're not white and don't look like they belong in the gym, Fodor's Travel Blog says. The basic rule is to choose shoes that are sleek and newer looking, but broken in enough to walk in.