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Style for the top three most traveled European cities

When we travel abroad we want to experience the flavor of the country we’re visiting in every way. After all, this is the reason we love to travel! We try to learn a few words in the language spoken in that place, we search for the most typical food and we look for the cultural events that are taking place. What else can we do to blend in with the locals? A style is the answer! And by that, I don’t mean you should go shopping for new outfits before your trip! It’s about the right selection of the pieces you already have in your wardrobe and of course about the details.

According to the largest and most recognized online travel agency in Southeastern Europe, Tripsta S.A., iconic European cities London, Istanbul, and Paris rank as the top three most traveled to international destinations. Speaking about hopping around Europe, carrying just hand luggage makes it easier to travel from place to place but the struggle with packing is real. In order to make a lot of different outfits without taking with you too much stuff here are my two basic packing tips: Take neutrals and also pieces that you can layer with. A good example is a button down denim shirt! You can wear it on its own or almost like a cardigan over another top, plus by adding a necklace you can get a lot of different wears of it. But now, let’s have a closer look at how to adjust your personal style to the spirit of Paris, London and Istanbul.

Paris

Paris is one of the fashion capitals of the world and you wanna try to look your best. The first thing you notice when you hit the Charles De Gaulle Airport are the scarves. It’s a nice accessory no matter in which season you visit Paris. In winter it can be made of wool and in summer for instance of lightweight cotton. Another essential piece of a French wardrobe is an elegant blazer and if it’s a bit shiny or has interesting details even better! Pair it with a simple tee and a well-fitted pair of dark blue jeans and believe me you won’t be overdressed, but just right. The best advice is to pack one dress, but make sure it’s versatile, so you can wear it for a dinner, museums, and sightseeing. Whatever you do, leave your comfy leggings, hoodies and running shoes at home as that would be a surefire sign you’re not a local. French women are not wearing sports clothes for anything but sport. Also, speaking about walking shoes prefer a pair of flats instead of sneakers.

A French designer Justin Leconte says in her Youtube series about Parisian women that they never mix black and brown color in their outfits. She also mentions that international beauty brands aren’t successful with fancy colors of lipsticks and nail polish in France, because women there have always and will always wear red lips and red nails. I believe the most of French women look so elegant and stunning even in pretty simple outfits because they know how to dress for their body type. I also like the fact, that they don’t necessarily go with current trends, so they’re not fashion slaves, but rather style followers.

London

The London style is a little more complex than that of the Parisian style as it is segregated by London’s class system. There is not one British style but many because different districts dress differently. You will see anything from the posh style of the upper-class, through the subculture of the 70s punk rock style, to the Urban style. Unlike Paris, you can experiment more with the colors and prints, without worrying that your outfit will be too loud. Mixing and matching are key. Make a small research on the places you’re planning to visit in order to get an inspiration on how to highlight your individuality in such an electric city. Don’t feel like you need to see every popular site and attraction. Because really, how much does visiting Westminster Abbey tell you about everyday life in London? Find the neighborhoods you like, dress accordingly and explore! Just don’t forget your wind-resistant umbrella.

Istanbul

Istanbul is a cosmopolitan city but it’s smart to dress a little more conservatively especially if you’re planning to visit religious sites. Dress casual but stylish during the day and make sure you have a few outfits that transition into the evening because the locals tend to dress up at night. Incorporate some color to break up your neutrals. The city is full of beautiful colors and patterns in the markets, tiles and rugs so reflect these in your travel wardrobe. A maxi skirt seems to me like a good idea, because it’s comfortable and keeps you covered enough wherever you go. Just as for a trip to Paris I would bring a scarf because Istanbul is a windy city. Actually, I would rather buy one in the bazaar!

No matter where you go you don’t need to wear the latest trends to look fashionable. Wear what looks good on you and you’ll be always fashionable. Are you already planning your next trip? Download the app of airtickets®


Outfit details for my Athens style:
Skirt – Pure Peggy
Bag – Handstuff
Accessories – LeChat
Watch – Jord Watches
Photo credits goes to itphoto.gr

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Be smart when packing for a summer holiday

You’ve booked the flights, found the dreamy apartment to stay and have researched the best bars and restaurants, but the biggest task is yet to come – the packing. By living in the different country than my family I can say that after all these years of hopping between Greece and the Czech Republic I learned how to pack like a pro. Packing at the last moment can be stressful especially with the luggage allowance rules. To make things easier I would like to share some tips on how to pack for summer holidays.

All you need is plan

First of all, make sure you have a weather app which gives you a detailed forecast a week ahead. Then think about your scheduled activities day by day and evening wise. This will help you to figure out specific outfits rather than just picking random pieces. Lay all your items on the bed and put together the final icon of your looks. Stick to your goal of not over-packing and get rid of anything you are not putting on for sure. There is no space for what ifs because every inch of your suitcase counts. You should take only things you love and you know you will wear. Ideally, mix every lower body garment with various upper ones in order to create more outfits with fewer items. Also, keep in mind that a few well-chosen accessories can add variety to your outfits and transform them from day to night. Let’s have a closer look at what are the essential items to pack for this summer holiday.

Basic items

Regardless your style, I believe there are at least three must-have items you need to pack with you for summer holidays. Between your chosen tops and other upper body garments, there should be a plain good cotton fabric white T-shirt. You will find it super useful for teaming it with shorts and covering up burnt shoulders. A maxi dress is another must as you will appreciate its versatility. While having a morning coffee in a harbor, walking on a promenade during a sunset or even travelling to your destination, you will look fashionable and feel comfortable at the same time. For instance above I’m wearing a statement stripe dress with ruffles and a side split. The last item I would include in this category is a denim jacket. I know you expect hot summer nights but it’s good to think proactively and to take one piece of practical outerwear with you.

Shorts & Skirts

If there’s one summertime staple that will never, ever go out of style, it’s denim shorts. They’re cool enough to wear in the daytime or smarten them up with a pair of decent shoes and a nice top for the summer night adventure. Then take soft printed shorts or a playsuit, which definitely is no longer just for lounging poolside or walking on a beach. At last think about a romantic night on which you may like to wear a cute skirt or a dress.

Shoes & Bags

Now, we’ve got to the critical part of vacay packing – shoes, I have one thing to recommend. Save the space and don’t bother to pack high heels. Take a pair of walkable wedge sandals which will work also for a semi-fancy dinner or bet on heel sandals like I did. Depending on your mood and style consider taking also a pair of light colored sneakers or dressy flat sandals. Approach your main bag like your day-to-evening walkable shoes: one item you can wear all day to the beach, but enough classy to carry out on evenings. For the nights you want to dress up, have a small stylish handbag.

Accessories

Pick up some retro shades like these Urban Owl metro retro sunglasses and add a touch of timeless old school glamor to your look. If you forget your fancy sun hat at home or you want to avoid it getting squashed in the luggage, you can always buy one at a destination. Leave your most expensive jewellery at home so you won’t end up worrying about it falling off in the sea or locking it in a safe. Besides what you wear on day to day basis, take a pair of colorful earrings which will add interest even to otherwise simple outfit. The same way will work a summer scarf which you can tie around a handle of your bag or wear it on your head as a part of your hairstyle.

So what is your destination for a summer holiday? PS: Don’t forget to pack your bikini!

Greek version of the article is available here!

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