Q&A: What to Wear on a European Honeymoon

April 3rd, 2008

Q: What should I wear and where can I find clothes for a summer, European Honeymoon?

by Colleen Geary, fashion stylist and image consultant

Rule One: Pack lightly.  You’ll be traveling from city to city, and the last thing you’re going to want is to be weighed down by a group of giant suitcases.  As with any trip, you’re going to want a good set of foundation clothes—basics—to mix and match.  But since it’s Europe, and since it’s your honeymoon, you’re going to want some extra special pieces to make your outfit as radiant as you are.  Here’s seven items to get you started with your honeymoon packing:

The Cotton Blouse
Antique Print Emily Blouse
Antique Print Emily Blouse | $74 at J Crew
Style tip? Europe is not as well air conditioned as America—so you will want to wear light clothing.

The Sophisticated Sweater

BR Monogram Cotton Sweater Jacket
BR Monogram Cotton Sweater Jacket | $85 at Banana Republic
Cover up with a sweater with elegant details.

The Casual Tee
Striped Boatneck Tee
Striped Boatneck Tee | $19.50 at Gap
This breezy tee pairs equally well with walking shorts—or a pretty skirt.

The Walking Shorts
Martin Striped Bermuda Short
Martin Striped Bermuda Short | $49 at Banana Republic
Knee length shorts are not only practical, but they also tend to be the most figure flattering.

The Classic Skirt
Dark Chambray Swing Skirt
Dark Chambray Swing Skirt | $85 at J Crew
You can pair this basic skirt with a variety of different tops (extra points for bright colors).

The Day to Evening Dress
Island Eyelet Short Dress
Island Eyelet Short Dress | $185 at J Crew
This eyelet dress goes from day to evening—while exuding fun and flirtiness at the same time.  

The Scarf
Embroidered Wrap
Embroidered Wrap | $69 at Banana Republic
A brightly colored scarf can totally transform an outfit.


A few other things to have in your bag?
  A pair of comfortable sandals, a good sized handbag, an electrical current transformer for your hairdryer and other gadgets, and a beautiful perfume that makes you feel gorgeous.  And don’t forget your lingerie and a sexy nightie. Bon voyage!

Entry Filed under: Q&A, Shopping Guide, Women, Women's

8 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Love, L  |  April 3rd, 2008 at 9:05 am

    What a delightful ensemble! Very cute idea too - I imagine many ladies are looking for ideas such as these!

  • 2. Trisha  |  April 3rd, 2008 at 12:46 pm

    Glad you like the clothes…they make me want to take a summer European vacation too :)

  • 3. Mimi  |  April 3rd, 2008 at 2:49 pm

    My advice for European travel is to leave the big white athletic sneakers at home (very “American tourist”). Go with stylish, comfortable walking flats instead.

  • 4. Brianna  |  April 3rd, 2008 at 6:05 pm

    Don’t forget the sex toys!

  • 5. Nathalie  |  April 7th, 2008 at 12:02 pm

    If you’ll be making a stop in Paris, I would highly suggest purchasing your bright scarf there - there are so many scarf street vendors with cheap CHEAP (5-10 euros) and very pretty scarves that it’s worth not packing one until you get there. So leave a bit of room in your suitcase if you can!

  • 6. Trisha  |  April 7th, 2008 at 3:55 pm

    Excellent scarf tip, Nathalie! Thanks for sharing!

  • 7. Nikki  |  April 8th, 2008 at 7:17 pm

    I love this! You have put together some great basics for any wardrobe. Forget Europe, I want to shop for most of these pieces right now!

  • 8. Trisha  |  April 9th, 2008 at 12:53 am

    That’s the beauty of packing for a trip–what you need is wardrobe foundations. These pieces would work as a lovely base for a European-inspired wardrobe.

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