A peek inside my suitcase at everything I packed for a semester in Europe.
In this packing guide, I shared the ultimate packing list to ensure you know exactly what to pack for a semester abroad in Europe. Below, I've also provided a detailed look at every piece of clothing I ended up packing. Here's what's in my suitcase!
white tshirt / white silk tee / white silk long sleeve / white classic button down
classic stripe shirt / college sweater / chambray shirt / gingham shirt
stripe shirt / sweatshirt (similar) / chunky turtleneck (similar) / plaid flannel (similar)
burgundy sweater / shawl collar cardigan (similar) / grey tshirt / polka dot sweater (similar)
cashmere tunic (similar) / oversized sweater / zip up sweater (similar) / wool cardigan (similar)
black tshirt / black silk long sleeve / black turtleneck / black knit shirt
black tunic sweater / black sweater / black turtleneck tunic (similar) / long black cardigan
So far, I've been very happy with my capsule closet and most of the clothes (with the exception of the heavy sweaters) are in regular rotation. I love everything I packed, so I don't mind wearing them constantly and enjoy how easy it is to get dressed in the morning with a simpler closet.
Admittedly, I could have still pared down what I brought and should have stuck closer to my recommended packing list. In the interest of full disclosure and sharing lessons learned, I should have only brought one blazer and left the taupe ankle booties and knee-high black boots at home. I do too much walking and rain would ruin them both in a second. Also, the Hunter boots are too heavy for lots of walking. I already owned them, but I wouldn't recommend purchasing them specifically for time abroad. Get something more lightweight instead.
My go-to hero pieces are definitely my lightweight jackets, striped shirt, chambray button down, and black tunic sweater. I live in my Supergas, nude flats, and Chelsea boots. I don't know what I'd do without them!