Packing for A Week in Italy: A European Travel Capsule Wardrobe

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You guys, our Italy trip is just around the corner and I’m so excited! It’s conveniently scheduled only a few weeks after my birthday, so I did a little birthday shopping to get prepped for the trip. I wanted things that were comfortable, versatile, but still looked polished. Every field guide and friend has told me that the Italian dress a little nicer than us crass Americans, so I’m leaving my beloved leggings at home and opting for nicer fabrics and cuts to try to blend.

After all of these ‘real’ outfits, I’ll wear my favorite travel outfit: some joggers, a lightweight white t, and a sweatshirt to keep cozy on the plane. Joggers and t shirts can get mixed in with other pieces for a more casual look for walking around without taking up any more luggage space.

Using only carry on luggage (we LOVE these super lightweight carry-on spinner suitcases) will help you streamline your wardrobe real quick, but another way is to simplify which bottoms you’ll be bringing and then add simple tops that can be layered.

I’m bringing along a pair of classic jeans and a trendier slip skirt. I looked all over for a slip skirt that had a pretty print and was affordable. Mine from Nordstrom sold out super fast, but the one linked is similar and has amazing reviews. I can’t wait to wear it with a chunkier knit sweater and sneakers.

I just ordered this chic tunic dress in bright red. I think it’s SO fun and can be worn year round (flat sandals in summer, booties and a sweater for fall), and will travel well. Plus, it’s under $40!

I’m only bringing two pairs of shoes – my trusty white Supergas (an Italian brand actually) and these cute Chanel-esque block heels. They are supremely comfortable and won’t get wedged in cobblestones. I probably will only wear them at night for a nice dinner or to church, but I always feel more prepared when I have something a little special packed.

My Longchamp Le Pliage Neo is the PERFECT bag for travel. It’s super light and durable, but very chic looking with monochrome black nylon & leather. I mostly carry mine as a crossbody, but it also works as a handbag. What’s more, it can be folded up flat and stored inside your luggage if you don’t need it. The small is roomy enough for your wallet, a sunglasses case, a bottle of water, a guide book, a small bag of necessities, and like six Fig Bars. Not that I would know from experience…

I’ll be sure to update you on all the fun things we have going on leading our trip and anything else I bring with me for our week in Italy. If you’ve been, I’d love to hear your favorite spots to visit!



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