Traveling in Europe offers the opportunity to explore many different countries each with unique culture and traditions. There are fifty-two countries considered making up the European continent according to the United Nation Geographical statistics.
European culture is mostly attributed to having its birthplace in Greece. Ancient Greece provided western democratic and individualistic culture. It invented the city-state and contributed in philosophy, humanism, rationalism as well as in medicine and in science. Italy took predominance which stretched throughout Europe all the way to Persia. Italy’s conquest ended in part by Germanic tribes sometimes around 476 AD.
The Exploration of the world brought great wealth to the European Continent with countries like Spain, Portugal, and France taking center stage but it was the United Kingdom whose industrial revolution fueled the European expansion.
Europe underwent a dark period with the German conquest which led to two world wars. The Second World War brought about the division of Europe in two blocks; the west and the east with the United State influencing the western blocks and the Soviet Union the eastern blocks. Many of European struggles had its influence in religious doctrines. The period of enlightenment questioned the status-quo with science and human logic taking supremacy of religious beliefs.
What To Wear When You Travel To Europe
When traveling overseas, you should first know the baggage rules. There are limitations such as how much your bags should weigh and how many bags you can take with you. You also have to know what kind of climate to expect. Therefore, you should do your research when it comes to these two things before choosing your vacation spot.
Activities and Events
Now you are going to assess what kinds of events or activities you will participate in. If you are an outdoor person, then you will need comfortable clothing. If you are going to eat out at a nice restaurant (which you probably will) or go to a concert, then it is imperative that you pack both a formal and an informal outfit. Make sure you have loose clothing and the appropriate pair of shoes for each activity.
Maintaining Your Sense of Style Like Europeans
European women take more time to dress up more than how women in the United States do. In fact, you may encounter refusal of entry to places such as churches and synagogues if you are dressed scantily. Europeans know how to spot an American because of our predictable tennis shoes, t-shirts, and baseball caps, which are not included in a European’s wardrobe. To blend in, it is best to pack a pair of slacks, shirt-blouses, and skirts. Select basic colors such as brown, white and black. These are always fashionable. To accessorize, choose bolder colors when it comes to your necklace, bracelets, scarves and shoes.
If your vacation is during the summer, then you know it will be humid. So pack summer dresses, sandals, a few medium heels and a pair of linen pants. You can also pack a few pairs of jeans.
While you want to wear comfortable clothing and may be tempted to bring those shorts, tennis shoes and caps, you will be easily identified in a crowd and could become the focus of pickpockets. Wear nice tops, matching colored shoes, a neutral-colored bottom, and accessories that pop. In fact, depending on the European season and fashion trends, you would be able to pull it off quite successfully. How? Do your own research to see what Europeans are currently wearing.
Are you ready for a European holiday? Just stick to your own personal style and follow your gut feeling. Wear what makes you happy, but be mindful of the culture in the country that you will be visiting. If you have already taken a European trip, let us know what type of clothing you packed. Our visitors would love to know what you think so be sure to write your comments below.