Bonsoir here from across the pond! I’ve been a bit busy with my midterms this week (exams while studying abroad? Is that even allowed?), but also with planning my weekend trip to Amsterdam! For a quick trip like this, packing light is essential. For a gal like me, trying to stuff my life into two suitcases and a carry-on for three and a half months was hard enough. But I think I’ve (somewhat) mastered the art of packing (somewhat) light, so here is my short but sweet guide!
1. Neutral Essentials
Neutrals like black, gray, navy, and white (among some other shades) are the easiest to pair off with one another, and are classic colors that can pass for any occasion. Items like my black jeans, khaki green and grey sweaters, and black t-shirt dress will be easy to pair off together and with any simple accessories.
2. Accessories Are Key
If you know me, you know I love a good choker! I have so many in different materials and styles that they’re my go to accessory when I want to add another layer of life to my outfit. Other items like scarves, my beanie, sunglasses (even though it’s raining I still like to add that extra layer of chic you know?), and statement earrings are the best way to bring your personality back into your simple outfit.
3. Day/Night Shoes
As any shoe enthusiast would know, a killer pairs does wonders for elevating an outfit. One pair should be comfortable enough for walking around (Am I the only one who's always too willing to choose the cute pair over the practical one? I always end up regretting it!). The other should be complimentary to your outfit. For this trip I brought my classic low-heeled Chelsea boots and my ankle snakeskin booties.
4. Check the Weather
This seems like a pretty basic unspoken rule, but I’ve been in the situation where I didn’t pack weather appropriate things because I was so fixated on wearing something else way too many times. This weekend in Amsterdam is going to be a bit rainy, gray, and mostly in the mid to high 40s. That calls for my heavier pea coat, cute beanie, sweaters, and knee-high boots.
5. Whatever You Pack…Take Out Half
If you’re an over packer like myself, it’s easy to fantasize about all these different scenarios in your head for all sorts of potentials occasions. You want to feel prepared for absolutely anything (like if a European prince happens to walk up to you in a bar and ask you on a fancy date, you must be ready with the appropriate outfit). However, when dealing with very regulated airplane baggage rules and a small budget, the last thing you want to pay for is pay another overpriced airline fee. Your best bet is if you think you over packed, lay out your outfits and really ask yourself if they’re necessary. Are they weather appropriate? Will you wear it more than once? Can this transition from day to night?
When you read this I'll be strolling around the canals, taking way too many pictures of me by the "i amsterdam" sign, and trying local Dutch food. My life is pretty tough, right? I can feel springtime starting to creep up in Amsterdam, so that must mean the same for ma chère Paris too!