10 European Summer Outfits for Your Next Getaway

European summer outfits

Is there anything better than traveling to Europe in the summer? While it is peak tourist season, it’s also arguably the best time to visit in terms of weather and activities. With warm days and ample attractions available, heading overseas for a European summer seems like a no brainer.

Whether you’re going on a girls trip, couples getaway, or a solo adventure, there’s no denying that international travel requires quite a bit of planning. To take one thing off of your plate, I thought I’d put together a style guide complete with European summer outfits that are as practical as they are chic.

Summer temperatures in Europe can range quite a bit, but generally you should expect warm to hot days and cooler nights. For this reason, packing can feel a little tricky: How many layers should you bring? What are the best shoes to wear while traveling? What outfits are good for walking around in?

Speaking from personal experience. I know that having the right outfits on hand can make you feel more comfortable and confident while enjoying your time in Europe. Below, I’m sharing a roundup of specific outfit ideas you can wear in Europe during the summer season, regardless of what you’re itinerary includes.

10 European Summer Outfits

A Denim Skirt and Sandals

Keep cool during a busy day of sightseeing by wearing a basic denim skirt and a pair of sandals. I love the idea of going with an all-white look since it feels more “summery and “light” and summery, but you could of course go with classic blue denim as well.

As far as tops go, your options are really endless—try a bodysuit, tank top, or t-shirt. If you’re planning on being out all day and night, you might want to consider a lightweight sweater instead. This would also be a good call if you’re visiting during a transitional season, like spring to summer or summer to fall.

Lightweight Rompers and Sneakers

Rompers are one of the comfiest outfit choices regardless of the season or occasion you’re dressing for. However, with that being said, they also happen to be a practical pick for summer in Europe. They’re easy to throw on, generally lightweight, and they take the guesswork out of getting ready because they’re just one piece. Oh, and they can help save some room in your luggage!

Style one with some white sneakers or supportive sandals for all-day wear, and consider toting along a light layer, like a cardigan in case it cools off.

Trousers and a Crochet Top

For a more upscale vibe (going out to dinner, grabbing cocktails, etc.) reach for a pair of lightweight trousers and a crochet top. This combo is slightly unexpected, but it’s undeniably stylish and has the added perk of being breathable.

Some simple slides make for a good shoe option, and I’d also add a crossbody bag and some gold jewelry to accessorize a bit.

Linen Shorts and a Tank Top

Linen shorts are a summer staple regardless of where you are on the map, but they also are highly suitable for the warm weather season in Europe. Similar to rompers, they’re easy to pack since they’re light and don’t take up much space—just keep in mind that you’ll likely have to steam them upon arrival.

Tuck a tank top into your shorts and then finish off with some flip flops or even sneakers. Depending on how much walking you have in store, you could also wear ballet flats.

Jeans and a Bodysuit

While the hot temperatures might not allow you to wear jeans during the day, they certainly can be worn at nighttime. I don’t know about you, but I honestly can’t imagine traveling anywhere without at least one pair of jeans.

I’d wear them with a strapless or off-the-shoulder bodysuit, or even just a simple tank top that’s easy to tuck in. If you’re venturing out to dinner, throw on some comfy high heels or flats and you’ll be set.

Trousers, a T-Shirt, and Loafers

Similar to the trouser outfit idea above, pair the pants with a form-fitting t-shirt for an effortless, everyday look. This would be a good go-to if you’re visiting when the weather isn’t too muggy and hot, or if you plan on being out all day and night.

Throw a light cardigan over your shoulders (you could also tie it around your shoulders) for some added style and practicality.

Also, I love wearing loafers whenever I get a chance, and if your feet don’t tend to get too hot, you could probably get away with wearing some during the summer in Europe, but it just depends on how much walking you plan on doing.

Mini Dresses and a Light Layer

Dresses are an obvious outfit choice for the summertime, so I would highly suggest packing a handful of options in this category.

To get the most variety from your travel looks, bring dresses that all have a different feel, like a ruffly white dress, form-fitting black dress, patterned floral dress, etc. Add a cardigan or a denim jacket if needed! You can also take a note from my book and slip a white button-up shirt on underneath a strapless dress (like I did in the photo below).

Maxi Dresses and Sandals or Heels

On the opposite end of the spectrum, maxi dresses are also a popular piece to wear in Europe. They’re comfy and have a laid-back fit yet they still look elevated. What I love about this outfit idea is that it can seamlessly transition from day to night, so you don’t have to run back to your hotel room to change if you prefer to stay out and about.

This probably goes without saying, but look for options that are made with light and airy fabrics, like cotton or linen. Also, floral prints and picks with ruffles or tiered layers somehow feel on-theme for a European vacation, but anything goes!

Denim Shorts and a T-Shirt

I know this isn’t necessarily a revolutionary idea, but don’t leave for your trip without packing a pair of denim shorts and several basic tees. I promise that you’ll be reaching for this combo frequently, especially since it has such a good-for-everything feel.

Whether you’re getting brunch or you’re spending the day shopping, this is another outfit that’s easy to pack and even easier to throw on. Have a busy day filled with museum tours or walking? Slip into some white sneakers so you feel supported and cozy throughout your ventures.

p.s. I have a full blog post on the best travel shoes if you’re in the market for some comfortable new picks.

Linen Pants and a T-Shirt

Last but not least, if linen shorts aren’t really your thing, opt for linen pants instead. They’re still breathable and won’t cause you to overheat yet they offer more coverage. I’d keep things casual by styling them with a t-shirt, but you could also go with a strapless top or a nicer tank if you want something that feels more “styled.”

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