Summer is in full swing, which means lazy weekends at the beach, alfresco dinners, and warm-weather vacations are on our minds. For those lucky enough to jet off on a European vacation this summer, figuring out what exactly to pack can be a challenge—the right shoes for cobblestone stone streets, easy pieces that will take you from day to night, and don’t forget those Insta-worthy accessories.
To give us a helping hand with what to pack to Europe this summer, we tapped into the most stylish 54-year-old on Instagram, Melissa Meyers of The Glow Girl, an avid traveler who takes off to Europe twice a year and just returned from her latest stint in Italy.
Melissa informed us that she always packs a mix of staples and trendy pieces that are functional and versatile. “The trick to looking seamlessly stylish is to curate your outfits with a variety of different accessories,” she advises. “Start laying out exactly what you are planning to take a few days ahead of your trip. Try sticking to a specific color palette and take neutral or metallic shoes that go with everything so you don’t overpack. I also like to give black a break for the summer!” Scroll below for a guide on what to pack for Europe as Melissa shares the chicest, must-have pieces to travel with this summer.
Dresses and Skirts
"I bring a mix of flowy skirts and dresses and wear them for everything from touring, sightseeing, beach, pool, and dinner. I think Natalie Martin makes some of the best summer dresses that work well from day to night. They take up nearly no space in your luggage and seem to be wrinkle-free right out of your suitcase."
Sandals and Comfy, Chic Shoes
“Pack shoes that are lightweight, comfortable, and stylish. Simple flat sandals in nude or metallic go with everything and are great if you are doing a lot of walking or touring. I am a huge fan of the Hermès-inspired slides in neutral and have them in several colors. I also love the new strappy styles, and they provide some extra support. If you must bring something with a heel, I recommend simple raffia wedges by Sam Edelman or Soludos.”
"As seen on style icon Lyn Slater, Vision Quest shoes are fashionable and functional. These babouche shoes have a molded rubber outsole design and feel as comfortable as my bedroom slippers. I wore my rose-gold ones at the airport and on big walking days in Europe—perfect for the cobblestone streets of Italy!
Cover-Ups and Kimonos
“I usually like to buy a few lightweight cover-ups in Europe but will take a few with me that work with all of my swimsuits. You can also pair a swimsuit with a kimono, like this one from Free People, worn as a cover-up that can also be tied or belted as a dress. Or wear it as a light layer if it’s chilly at night.”
“I am a huge fan of the retro high-waisted bikinis that are so on trend right now, and they are super flattering on most body types! I also love one-piece styles with special details or patterns.”
Cropped Pants and Jeans
“I usually take or wear a comfy, lightweight pair of jeans on the plane and then take one pair of cropped white pants.”
White Linen Shirt
“I saw lots of linen shirts while in Italy and picked up a few on the way. You can wear them as a classic button-down or crop and tie them at the waist with your fave skirt, shorts, or pants. They even double as an extra layer worn open and loose over a T-shirt or tank dress.”
"I always take one solid and one patterned to mix and match with all skirts and pants.”
“Leave the fine jewelry at home (except for a few gold necklaces and studs that you can swim with) and bring pieces that are easily packed and that can be worn from day to night. I like to stack these beaded bracelets by Karen Lazar Design, or you can wear a few with your existing bracelets.”
“I like to use a large lightweight tote bag on the plane that I can use while traveling from place to place, take to the beach and shopping. I also bring a straw round bag that goes with everything and works from day to night.”
“A hat is a must-have to protect your skin and completes your day look, too! Make sure to take the new TopTote with you. This chic hat clip is genius and attaches to your bag or luggage. It makes for the perfect travel companion and keeps your hat crush-free. I used it every day when I was in Italy and just attached it to my beach bag.”