spring + summer suitcase edit: what to pack for a European summer + ethical brands to shop

Flying to Europe this summer? Imagining yourself sunbathing in Positano or sipping wine in the south of Portugal? Hoping to wake up in Romania or wander {once more} around Greece? Quit picturing it, book your tickets like I did, and pack your bags!

Europe is often seen as the frontier of fashion. All you’ll need to fit in with the locals is a small carry-on with a few of spring and summer styles. Lavender, biker shorts, and pearl hair clips: some of this season’s trends I’m not super into. But suits, utility, and square necklines? Yes, please. I’ll take all of it.

My upcoming travels {+ yet another return to Europe} have me stalking my favourite ethical brands for pieces to pack. This post contains some of my favourite brands and their takes on the season’s wardrobe essentials.


scroll on for all the pieces you should be packing for a european summer


PHOTO COURTESY OF PIXABAY

a word about eco + ethical fashion

Let’s be clear: you probably don’t need to buy anything for your travels to Europe. And buying less means there is less waste. BUT, asking people to never buy anything ever again is simply unrealistic. Instead, if you are going to buy into the new trends of the season, I’d rather promote you buying from brands with a conscious.

The fashion industry is the second biggest producer of waste on the planet— that’s only after oil. Knowing this has made me extremely motivated to change my shopping habits. Every dollar you spend is like casting a vote. I want my ballot to go in the box that helps the planet and everything that’s living on it.

You don’t need to buy a new wardrobe for each season. You don’t need to buy new clothes at all, probably. Especially if you are anything like me. But, if you are looking for a style refresh with the changing of seasons, I suggest skipping fast fashion brands and looking at companies with better ethics who make higher quality pieces {like the ones below}. My favourite resource to find ethical, eco-friendly fashion labels is Good On You.


boilersuits

Boilersuits are huge right now. London and Paris fashion weeks both showcased a number of boilersuits that will surely be worn on the streets by the most stylish. This one from Artizia, a brand i have a massive love affair with, is ideal for the Italian coast this spring. I’ll take one in both colours, please and thank you.

PHOTO COURTESY OF ARITZIA

PHOTO COURTESY OF ARITZIA

PHOTO C/O REFORMATION

PHOTO C/O REFORMATION

PHOTO C/O AUGUSTE THE LABEL

PHOTO C/O AUGUSTE THE LABEL

PHOTO C/O REFORMATION

PHOTO C/O REFORMATION


midi + SLIP dresses

One of my absolute favourite fashion designers + bloggers, Allegra Shaw, wore this green number on her recent trip to Italy and I am swooning over it. The square neckline, which is all over the place, and the longer length make it drool worthy. However, as a forever fan of neutrals, I actually prefer this cream dress with contrasting buttons. Both of these, by Reformation, I would be happy to traipse around Europe in.

I recently got my hands on a few slip dresses because I love how easy it is to wear them from day to night. While mine are black and cream, this leopard print one by Auguste the Label is kinda cool too.

PHOTO COURTESY OF AURAI SWIM

PHOTO COURTESY OF AURAI SWIM


hair accessories

Hair accessories are in, folks. Hair clips and hair bands, specifically. While I’m not at all digging the Blair Waldorf-esque headband trend, I do quite like the delicate gold hair clips I’ve seen all over the internet. Unfortunately, I haven’t found any by an ethical company that I like.

Since I have been known to love a good headwrap, especially when in Asia where all I do is sweat, I thought I’d include these ones by Aurai Swim, a New Zealand company, are beautiful! I don’t know that the headwrap is something I can pull off in Europe, but I may just give it a go. Also, if anyone has found an ethical brand that does beautiful hair clips, please let me know! I could not for the life of me find any… wah, wah, wah.

PHOTO COURTESY OF UNCLE STUDIOS

PHOTO COURTESY OF UNCLE STUDIOS


suits

I recently got two suits for my next Euro-trip because I. AM. HERE. FOR. THIS. TREND! What makes you feel more like a boss than wearing a sexy power suit?! If you aren’t like me and don’t love a suit {for whatever reason}, you can still partake in the fun of suiting by wearing pieces as separates. These bloomers from Uncle Studios are quite the investment in ethical fashion, but I adore the fit of them! Blazers and suit jackets over biker shorts have been seen all over Italy, and could be the perfect way to try the suiting trend without actually investing in an entire suit. They’re also ideal for that transition period, when it hasn’t quite warmed up like summer, but isn’t January-freezing.

PHOTO COURTESY OF REFORMATION

PHOTO COURTESY OF REFORMATION

PHOTO COURTESY OF EVERLANE

PHOTO COURTESY OF EVERLANE

PHOTO COURTESY OF ALL THE WILD ROSES

PHOTO COURTESY OF ALL THE WILD ROSES


square necklines

On shirts. On dresses. On jumpsuits. Square necklines can be seen on a variety of pieces and I love this white dress from Reformation with its square neckline. If you’re into really breathable, casual looking tops that fit this trend, check out the tops from All the Wild Roses and the linen picnic top from my all-time fave, Everlane.


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WHAT TO PACK FOR YOU EUROPEAN SUMMER TRAVELS