European Fashion Trends to Pack in Your Suitcase for Studying Abroad

By Kendall Job


This summer, I’m studying abroad for two weeks – 1 week in London and 1 week in Paris. Paris has been my dream travel destination for as long as I can remember, so needless to say, I’m pretty excited. Aside from worrying about recovering the three years of French I took in high school, I’m also concerned about overpacking. I did some research on a few of the most popular European fashion trends to keep me from looking like a tourist and to help me pack just the right amount (and to justify shopping when I’m there!).

Cropped, tailored pants

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This is a trend I’ve always loved. Cropped, tailored pants in a plaid or houndstooth pattern paired with a simple top and cool shoes can be super fun and trendy. These are easy to pair with any cool sneakers, heels or even Chelsea boots.

Trench coats

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I’m not sure I’ll be needing a trench coat in late May to early June, but they are still a European fashion staple nonetheless. Paired with a sleek skinny jean, patterned top and slip-on shoes, a trench coat can be an easy extra layer to throw on to complete an outfit.

Bright shoes

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A pop of color is a must with any outfit, and an easy way to do that is with accessories – especially shoes. Something I found when looking at trends was that most Europeans go for a more neutral outfit or look with a bright shoe, scarf, or piece of jewelry. They don’t want to draw too much attention, but can still add an exciting piece to a classy outfit.

Skinny jeans

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A good pair of skinny jeans can be flattering for anyone. Skinny jeans can be found almost anywhere and can be paired with pretty much anything – a chunky sweater, fitted top, or a tailored blazer. They can also be tucked into boots or rolled up to show off a cool pair of shoes.

Tote bags

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Another popular trend I found was the idea of carrying around a bag. People in Europe opt for purses as well as tote bags increase functionality in their outfits and in life. They’re stylish, convenient, and easily accessible when you just need to throw a few things in your bag and head out the door.


These are a few European fashion trends that I am eager to try when I study abroad this summer. Hopefully these will help all of us look less like tourists and more like chic travelers. Au revoir!



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