While oversized t-shirts and running shorts are the uniform in American college towns, the standards for outfits are set a little higher in European cities. Personally, I hate feeling like a tourist, and walking around in a study abroad group doesn’t help. I often feel like I have a neon sign on my forehead declaring me a tourist. In order to diminish this effect (and satisfy my love for style), I planned easy ways to look chic while spending six weeks abroad. With the intense heat of Rome and all the walking, it was essential to find some flowy pieces to keep me cool.
Keeping cool is easy with the loose leg of jumpsuits. I have entirely fallen in love with jumpsuits over the last few months. They’re the perfect combination of comfy, functional, and stylish. One piece outfits are the best kind! Easy to pack and easy to wear! This particular jumpsuit is from Old Navy.
Growing up, my favorite Disney princess was Belle from Beauty and the Beast. With this stunning, blue linen dress from Urban Outfitters, I get to feel like Belle. All I’m missing is a book under my arm and a small French town singing about how strange I am.
I am a complete sucker for dresses with open backs/detailing on the back. Business in the front and party in the back, am I right? This dress hits about mid-shin, and has a simple square neckline in the front. I got super lucky and found this at the Urban Outfitters sale rack for only $15! Sadly, it doesn’t seem like they still sell it online.
For a cooler day in Rome (ha), I keep outfits real simple and chic with my favorite Gap jeans. Add a striped boxy t-shirt, nikes, and a hat and you’re done! I ended up wearing my nikes most days of the trip because of how much I was walking, but I would occasionally trade them in for some brown, braided leather sandals to match my outfits.
Light and flowy dresses with some pretty detailing are perfect for any day in Rome! Easy (are you sensing a trend here?) and still stylish! This particular dress was a Marshalls find, but lots of variants can easily be found!
My last outfit is this metallic, satin, lavender jumpsuit from Urban Outfitters, which I can no longer find on their website! This piece is a slightly more upscale take on my favorite lazy go-to outfit that consists of only a jumpsuit. Perfect for contrast against sun-kissed skin in the summer!I wore this to see the opera La Traviata at the Baths of Caracalla on one of my last nights in Rome. Amazing piece for an absolutely amazing experience!
Traveling in style can be easy with lots of one-piece outfits and comfortable materials. Stick to light, flowy materials, and keep things interesting with patterns, embroidery, and strappy, detailed backs.
What are some of your favorite outfits for travel in the summer?