I’m not going to Europe this summer, but here’s what I would pack if I was

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It seems like everyone and their dog have jetted off to Europe this winter to escape the icy Australian cold front. Indulging themselves in pasta and gelato, long days spent by the beach and enough Aperol spritzes to knock them out until summer reaches home.

Not me though! This writer has her feet firmly planted on Aussie soil and is green with jealousy… I am however thoroughly enjoying (and vicariously living through) the wardrobes of those in my Instagram Stories as they travel. 

So whilst I may not be jetting off anywhere just yet, I have had my eyes peeled on the trends and pieces to watch from the fashion elite and how they have been packing for their adventures

Thus, I have curated a ‘what-I-would-pack‘ list of the the most stylish yet comfortable wardrobe essentials to shop ahead of any Euro summer trip.

We’re talking prints, colour, texture and taking some style tips from the latest Tomato Girl (yes you read that right) trend to take over our TikTok FYP’s. 

So if you’re preparing for a trip or want to take some style inspo for our own summer that is coming up ever-so-quickly, read on to find the top picks to pack. Because if I’m not living my glamourous Mamma Mia fantasy, someone should… 

What to pack for summer in Europe in 2023 

black mini dress
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Aere One shoulder linen trapeze mini dress, $140, THE ICONIC

A classic black mini is the perfect everyday throw on piece when you’re on the move. Made from a lightweight linen for hot days and in a flattering trapeze silhouette. 


black denim shorts
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Relaxed denim short, $29.99 (usually $39.99), Cotton On

A pair of denim shorts is an essential. Whether you’re lounging around or doing something more active, a pair of loose cut shorts is a must for any summer trip. These also come in a range of denim washes to choose from. 


white cami
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JGR & STN Sophia cami top, $79.95, THE ICONIC

This adorable white cami can be paired with everything in your suitcase. Dress it up or down depending on your plans for the day.


button up shirt
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Sora stripe shirt, $110, Nude Lucy

A loose button up shirt is a great piece to take on your trip, pair it with denim shorts and sneakers or throw it over swimmers on the way back from the beach. 


black slip dress
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The Exclusive black lace maxi dress, $109.99, Beginning Boutique

A black slip is a summer essential regardless of where you’re travelling too. You can dress the up for nights at the bar or dress it down for the everyday. 


white linen pants
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Linen blend wide leg pants, $49.99, Glassons

Made from a linen blend, these staple white wide leg pants are a dream to style and ultra versatile. 


(Credit: Faithfull The Brand) (Credit: Faithfull The Brand)

Sol bikini top, $100 and Andez bikini bottoms, $94, Faithfull The Label

In a stunning grape hue, this jaw dropping bikini from Faithfull The Brand practically screams Positano. 


long sleeve dress
(Credit: Aere) (Credit: Aere)

Long sleeve crochet dress, $160, THE ICONIC

You may want to include something with a bit more coverage for late night dinners or as some tourist attractions require you to cover your shoulders to enter, this is the perfect stylish and lightweight option. 


europe wardrobe
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Beaded gemstone and pearl initial necklace, $120, Arms of Eve

This necklace just screams summer by the beach, and the personalised initial is the sweetest touch to add to your jewellery collection. Not to mention it is ethically and sustainably made. 


black bag
(Credit: Charles & Keith) (Credit: Charles & Keith)

Charlot bag, $109, Charles & Keith 

A small to medium crossbody bag is an essential for travels. The Charlot bag is not only stylish but practical thanks to its size and versatility. 


aviator sunglasses
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On The Fly, $85, Quay

Of course you need a pair of sunglasses for lounging on the beach, we adore these Quay retro aviators. 


black sandals
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Sandler Fiction sandals, $99.95, THE ICONIC

A pair of sandals is a must-pack, and if you can find a pair that can work for casual and more dressy occasions it saves some room in the suitcase. 


casual heels
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The Statement Mule, $119.95, Billini x Rozalia

If you’re planning a romantic dinner out or are planning for some dressier occasions, these elevated mules are ready to party. 


europe summmer
(Credit: VRG GRL) (Credit: VRG GRL)

Fleuriste linen smock top, $89, VRG GRL

No piece of clothing could possibly scream summers by the beach off the coast of Sicily more than this stunning smock top, designed in collaboration with artist Astrid Wilson. 


scarf sarong
(Credit: Muma World) (Credit: Muma World)

Passionfruit Muma Loves You scarf, $180, Muma World

A bright and bold scarf that can be used for everything is such a fun addition to a travel wardrobe. Wear as a sarong, top, in your hair or over your shoulders to protect against sun in style. 


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