European fashion is different than American fashion in a variety of ways, so it’s important to take note of the differences their color, the amount of clothes they have, and the style in which they wear their clothes. Even though bright colors are often in fashion in the United States, while you’re in Europe wearing bright colors will make you stick out as American. In Europe, the predominant colors are black, grey and brown.
In addition, while Americans often have closets full of clothes and a different shirt for every day of the week, Europeans have a limited number of tops and bottoms that they often mix and match. This will be a benefit to you as you will need to pack light if you plan on doing lots of travelling. Even better, it is not uncommon for Europeans to wear the same clothes multiple days in a row (given of course that they are not specifically dirty or smelly). The bottom line is that you shouldn’t feel self conscious if in the name of packing light you have to wear the same clothes over and over again, just consider yourself more European.
As far as shoes go, it is very important to leave the tennis shoes at home. A good pair of hiking boots will come in handy if you plan on doing any intense hiking/climbing, but if you only plan on walking around then a pair of black, rubber soled shoes should be fine.
Whenever the weather gets colder, the key to staying warm is layering. Tights are definitely a good thing to keep around. Not only can you wear them under skirts, you can wear them under pants as well. Scarfs are another essential for cold weather and are worn by both men and women alike. The warmest way to wear a scarf is to fold it in half, place it around your neck and put the two loose ends through the hole created by folding the scarf in half. Between tights, scarfs, and a good pair of warm socks, you should be able to brace any cold weather you encounter.
Come to Europe prepared for a little bit of rain. It’s good to have a pair of “wellies” (rain boots) and an umbrella or a raincoat especially if you travel in areas like England, the Netherlands, and parts of Italy that are right next to the coast.
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